Zoom H1essential Stereo Handheld Recorder

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The Zoom H1essential 32-bit Float Stereo Recorder is equipped with high-quality onboard X/Y microphones.

32-bit float audio with stereo X/Y microphones

The Zoom H1essential 32-bit Float Stereo Recorder is equipped with high-quality onboard X/Y microphones. These microphones are capable of capturing clean audio with impressive detail, even in high-volume environments. They can handle sound levels of up to 120 dB SPL, which is equivalent to the roar of a high-performance engine. Whether you're recording a live concert or a dynamic interview, the H1essential ensures that your audio comes through loud and clear.

Versatile design - for musicians, filmmakers, podcasters, interviewers and more

Musicians will find the H1essential to be the perfect companion for their practice sessions. You can use this recorder to capture every rehearsal, allowing you to review and analyze your performance. With features like overdubbing and playback-speed adjustment, you can easily layer additional tracks and slow down the tempo for effective songwriting and practicing. Improve your skills and take your music to the next level with the H1essential.

For filmmakers, sound plays a crucial role in creating captivating visuals. The Zoom H1essential excels as a versatile audio recording tool for filmmakers. You can connect this recorder directly to your camera to record and send audio in sync with your video footage. Alternatively, you can use it to capture high-quality sound effects, enhancing the overall audio experience of your film. Complete your scenes with remarkable audio using the H1essential.

Podcasters and interviewers will appreciate the H1essential's adaptability and convenience. Mount this recorder on a tripod to facilitate sit-down conversations, ensuring clear and professional audio quality. Alternatively, if you're conducting on-the-go interviews, the 'mono mode' is specifically designed to capture audio in this scenario. The H1essential is a versatile tool for storytellers, ensuring that your dialogue is captured with precision and clarity.

Advanced controls and built-in speaker

Despite its compact size, the Zoom H1essential is packed with advanced features that cater to all your recording needs. Overdubbing allows you to layer additional tracks, creating rich and layered audio. With pre-record and auto-record functions, you can seamlessly capture moments before you even press the record button. Additionally, the playback speed adjustment feature enables you to change the tempo of your recordings, providing flexibility and creative freedom.

Vivid OLED screen for easy navigation

Navigating and accessing features of the H1essential is made effortless with its vivid OLED screen. The high-contrast display provides excellent visibility, allowing you to easily navigate through the recorder's interface. Access different settings, monitor levels, and manage your recordings with ease, thanks to the clear and user-friendly display.


  • 32-bit float recording: perfect audio with no need to set gain
  • 120 dB SPL 90º XY Mics
  • Records up to 96kHZ sample rate
  • New OLED Display
  • Overdubbing, auto record, pre-record and timer functions
  • USB Microphone Function
  • Audio guidance function for the blind and visually impaired
  • 10 hours of battery life on 2 AAA Batteries or USB-C Bus power

Technical Specifications

  • Inputs
  • Channels: 2 (Built In XY Mic)
  • Build-In Mic: Yes
  • Mic Type: Unidirectional
  • Sensitivity: -37 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
  • Input Gain: Unnecessary adjustment
  • Max Sound Pressure Input: 120 dB SPL
  • Configuration: 90°XY Stereo
  • Mic/Line In
  • Connectors: 1/8" stereo mini jack
  • Input Gain: Unnecessary adjustment
  • Input Impedance: 2 kΩ or higher input impedance
  • Plug In Power: Plug-in power (2.5 V) supported
  • Outputs
  • Line Out/Phones Connector: "1/8" stereo mini jack, Combined LINE/HEADPHONE"
  • Maximum Output Level: 20 mW +20 mW (32 Ω load)"
  • Output Impedance: 10 kΩ or more
  • Built-In Speaker: 1W/8Ω mono speaker
  • Recording
  • Recording Media: 4GB–32GB microSDHC cards, 64GB–1TB microSDXC cards (Not support SD card 2TB )
  • WAV Supported Formats: 44.1/48/96kHz, 32-bit float mono/stereo BWF and iXML
  • Display: 0.96" monochrome OLED (128x64)
  • Power Supplies
  • Batteries: 2 AAA (alkaline, NiMH or lithium)
  • AC Adapter: ZOOM AD-17 (DC 5 V/1 A) (USB bus power is supported.)
  • USB Connector: USB Type-C
  • Mass Storage Class: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Audio Interface with Rec Class: USB class compliant
  • Transfer Method: Asynchronous
  • Sampling Rate: 48kHz
  • Bit Rate: 24-bit depth
  • Channels: 2 in/2 out
  • Estimated Continuous Operation Time Using Batteries (2ch recording to microSDHC card): Approximately 10 hours (alkaline batteries, using built-in mic, 48 kHz/32-bit float)
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