Making the rounds in some audio circles on the internet this morning is the announcement of the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder.
Zoom’s news post about the device is a bit spartan but the interchangeable mics including a Mid-Side as well as the ability to record 6 channels is eye-catching. Specs:
• The world’s first handy recorder with interchangeable mic system
• XY mics capture remarkable stereo depth and clarity
• Mid-side mics provide continuously variable stereo width
• Four XLR/TRS inputs for external mic/line connections
• Up to six channels of simultaneous recording
• High-definition audio of up to 24-bit/96kHz
• 6-in/2-out USB audio interface
• Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA batteries
• Supports SDXC memory cards up to 128GB
• Optional Shotgun mic and external XLR/TRS inputs available
4 AA batteries might mean better battery life over the Zoom H4n or it could just be compensating for the additional XLR inputs drawing phantom power. The color screen with level meters is a welcome addition over the H4n.