• Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
  • Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
  • Zoom H5 Handy Recorder

Zoom H5 Handy Recorder

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ZOOM H5 Handy Audio Recorder

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The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder is a compact, portable handheld digital recorder that is capable of four-track recording and features an interchangeable, modular microphone system. The recorder ships with an XY microphone capsule and is compatible with the existing line of H6 modules including the optional shotgun mic and XLR/TRS input modules.

The included XY stereo mic module provides two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90 degree angle, and features a built-in shockmount system and a maximum SPL of 140dB. Additionally, the recorder is equipped with two inputs for external sources, allowing you to record simultaneously with the included stereo XY mic for a total of four input channels. Each input is controllable by its own analog gain knob, and also has a -20dB pad.

The recorder also has an LCD screen and a side-mounted toggle control for navigating through the menu options. It gives you fast access to transport functions, offering physical control buttons right underneath the screen, and conveniently stores its recorded audio to external SD cards.

In addition to the detachable X/Y capsule, the recorder also ships with a foam windscreen, a 2GB SD card, two AA batteries, a USB cable, WaveLab LE (download), Cubase LE (download), and a hard plastic case.


  • Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5) with extended signal capacity and shockmounted microphones for reduced handling noise
  • Compatible with Zoom H6 input capsules and optional capsules including the SGH-6 shotgun mic capsule and the EXH-6 dual XLR/TRS combo input capsule
  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Large backlit LCD display
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
  • Analog-style gain controls for each input
  • Protective "roll-bar" type covers prevent accidental movement of gain controls
  • Plug-in power (2.5 volts)
  • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll never miss that perfect take
  • MS decoding
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
  • Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
  • A/B loop playback
  • Variable playback speed and variable pitch without affecting playback speed
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad with loop back function
  • Mountable to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
  • Uses two standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Over 15 hours of operation with alkaline batteries
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Recording Media

SD card: 16MB to 2GB

SDHC card: 4GB to 32GB


Backlit LCD (128 x 64 pixels)

Power Requirements

AA size (LR6) battery x 2

AC adapter (AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type, optional)

USB bus power



L/R [XYH-5 X/Y mic]:

Mic Type: Unidirectional

Sensitivity: -45 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa

Input Gain: -∞ to 52 dB

Max Sound Pressure Input: 140 dB SPL


Mic/Line In:

Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack

Input Gain: -∞ to 52 dB

Input Impedance: 2 kΩ or more

Plug-In Power: 2.5V supported

Backup Recording: -12 dB lower than set L/R input gain


Inputs 1/2:

Connectors: XLR / TRS combo jacks (XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)

Input Gain (PAD OFF): -∞ to 55.0 dB

Input Gain (PAD ON): -∞ to 35.0 dB

Input Impedance: 1.8 kΩ or more

Max Input Level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)

Phantom Power: +12V /+24V /+48V

Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -120 dBu or less


Line Out: 

Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack

Rated Output Level: -10 dBm

Output Load Impedance: 10 kΩ or more


Phone Out:

Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack

Output Level: 20 W + 20 W into 32 Ω load


Built-in speaker:

400 mw 8 Ω mono


Mass Storage Class Operation:

Class: USB 2.0 high speed



Audio Interface Operation: 


Multitrack Mode:

Class: USB 2.0 high speed

Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz

Bit Rate: 16-/24-bit

Inputs / Outputs: 4 / 2


Stereo Mode:

Class: USB 2.0 full speed

Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz

Bit Rate: 16-bit

Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2

USB Bus Powered Operation: Yes

iPad Operation: Supported in stereo mode only


Recording Formats

Stereo Mode:

WAV (BWF-compliant)

Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz

Bit Rate: 16-/24-bit (Stereo)

Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2


Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz

Bit Rate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/32/160/192/224/256/320 kbps


Multi-Track Mode:

WAV (BWF-compliant)

Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz

Bit Rate: 16-/24-bit (mono/stereo)

Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 6 (L/R + INPUT 1/2 + L/R backup)



Physical Specifications


H5: 2.3 x 5.3 x 1.7" (66.8 x 135.2 x 42.1 mm) 

XYH-5 X/Y mic:2.6 x 2.4 x 1.6" (65.5 x 62.2 x 41 mm)


H5: 6.2 oz (176.0 g)

XYH-5 X/Y mic: 3.3 oz (94.0 g)

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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System

  • ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder
  • XYH-5 Microphone Capsule
  • Plastic Case
  • Foam Windscreen
  • USB Cable
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE Software (Download)
  • Steinberg Cubase LE Software (Download)
  • 2 x AA Batteries
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  • Barcode: 20974
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