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I'm working on a couple of mod projects and I sorely need some kind of a field recorder to get a lot of the sounds I need. I've read a lot about the Zoom H2 and H4, and I'm leaning towards the H2 due to limited budget but can anyone vouch for its preamps? In terms of budget I'm looking towards the $200-250 range. I need something that'll be able to capture a wide dynamic range without me having to turn up the input gain a lot.
For the $$ the Zoom H2 is really great. You get a ton of flexibility, portability and high resolution (96k 24bit) for a fraction of the cost of the other units out there. Also, battery life is long and you can beat it up pretty good before it dies. As for the preamps, suffice to say that you get what you pay for; it's no 722, but for a general purpose recorder you can stuff in your pants pocket, it's the way to go.
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We use the Edirol R-44. Its worth checking out!!! You can buy a modded one with superior quality pre-amps for only a little more than the factory model .