The Zoom H4 is a Freelance-Zone favorite. This is recorder is an affordable broadcast-quality unit that can record every format from .wav to MP3 in all sizes and quality settings. Need a mono 44.1 .wav track? Easy. How about an ultra-high quality MP3 audio file? 24 bit/96khz? YES.
Whether you just need audio to reference for a written article or need to get soundbites for FM, podcasting, film, or television, the Zoom H4 is the unit for you. It has built-in high-quality mics and pre-amps, and you can use any combination of mics you own with the handy XLR/unbalanced TRS inputs at the bottom of the unit. You can get 380 minutes of CD-quality recording time or more than 30 hours of record time in MP3 format with the included two-gigabyte SD card.
The Sony stereo headphones that come with the Zoom H4 are comfortable, and great for field recording, podcasting, radio shows, anything a writer could possibly need headphones for. If you’re looking for a great combination of recorder and headphones, look no further. This is the one.