[linux-elitists] How about digital voice recorders while we're at it? (was: Re: Portable music player?)

Ben Finney ben@benfinney.id.au
Wed Apr 9 01:07:18 PDT 2008

On 16-Mar-2008, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> I'm looking for a good digital voice recorder which saves to a 
> reasonably supported standard, and has good general features.  

I'm mulling a purchase of a Zoom H2 Handy Recorder 
<URL:http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h2/>, especially since it 
has had some favourable reviews 

> Feature list:
>   - Save to WAV, MP3, OGG (fat chance), or another open standard audio
>     format.

The Zoom H2 saves to WAV and MP3.

>   - "Supported" == can play/edit w/ xmms, audacity, and/or sox.

Presumably satisfied by the above recording formats.

>   - File transfer capabilities.  Usually means "treat device like a USB
>     drive".

Reviews say this is exactly what the Zoom H2 does.

>   - Good navigation on the unit itself.  Skipping between recordings,
>     forward/back scan w/in a given recording, bookmarking w/in
>     recordings.


>   - High capacity.  30 - 100+ hours would be good.

The Zoom H2 takes an SD card for its storage (it comes with a 512MB 
card), and is specified as supporting cards of capacities up to 16GB.

A 16GB SD card equates to about 24 hours of WAV, or 280+ hours of MP3, 
according to the specs.

Note that maximum filesize is still 2GB.

>   - Capable of taking rechargeable batteries.

The Zoom H2 takes two AA batteries; presumably they can be 
rechargeable ones. It also can be powered from a plug pack.

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Ben Finney <ben@benfinney.id.au>
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