I found the Zoom H2 surprisingly good, for it's price. And, I'm sorry I sold it
(wish I held on to it).
--- In Bob & Sandi McLean <>
> It may not be the finest, but it is fine. Try the Zoom H2 at $149 in
> your shirt pocket and a pair of $10 earphones for the best starter
> recording kit for getting solid ID recordings with no fuss.
> Bob McLean
> Sonoma, CA
> On Jun 2, 2011, at 7:32 PM, Peter Shute wrote:
> > I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I currently have no recording
> > equipment, other than my compact camera and my phone. I've used
> > these to make near worthless recordings of birds for id, and I'd
> > like to improve my results. I know very little about sound gear, and
> > I'm hoping I can get some advice on what to buy.
> > I don't want to make a big initial investment, as I don't want $1000
> > of gear lying around if it turns out I'm not that interested, or
> > don't find it that useful.
> > After reading this list's archives, and lots of websites and forums,
> > and playing with a friend's Zoom H1, I decided it would be best to
> > go for an Olympus LS-7, and think about an ME66 later. I chose the
> > LS-7 because it's cheaper than an LS-10 or 11, and seems to do most
> > of the same things, but has a 2 second prerecord and some timer
> > functions, neither of which I know if they'll be useful.
> > But now that I'm trying to buy one, I find that I can't find one in
> > a local shop for a decent price. I can get one from the USA on eBay
> > for about AUD$200. I've only found one shop claiming to sell them,
> > for $300. One shop said they aren't imported to this country, and
> > quoted $600 for an LS-11. Both suggested I'd have no warranty if I
> > buy on eBay.
> > Another place didn't have them, but has the Zoom H4N for $340 (and
> > scoffed at the idea of stocking Olympus "dictaphones"). I think I'd
> > rather have that than pay $300 to get an LS-7 with a local warranty.
> > It's a bit big, but phantom power sounds useful, and 4 track
> > recording sounds like fun. It also has a 2 second prerecord buffer.
> > - Is buying an LS-7 with no effective warranty much of a risk?
> > - Does anyone know where to buy one in Australia with a warranty?
> > - Is the H4N as good as the LS series for bird call recording? It
> > seems very oriented towards music recording.
> > -Is it as easy to use?
> > - One advantage of Olympus recorders was that lots of people use
> > them. Are there as many using Zooms? It's nice to have a lot of
> > people to ask for advice.
> > Peter Shute