The other day I posted audio recordings comparing the built in microphones on the Zoom H4n, Zoom H4, and Sony PCM-D50 digital audio recorders. Today I have some recordings made using two different external mics: an ElectroVoice RE50 dynamic mic and an AKG Perception 100 studio-style condensor.
Zoom H4n with RE50 dynamic mic using mini input:
Zoom H4n with AKG Perception mic using 48v phantom power and XLR input:
Zoom H4 with RE50 dynamic mic using XLR input:
Zoom H4 with AKG Perception mic using 48v phantom power and XLR input:
To my ear, the XLR inputs on both the original Zoom H4 and the Zoom H4n have far too much hiss to be used with a dynamic microphone like the RE50. On both devices, the original recording was very quiet (although the Zoom H4n recording was a bit louder), and when I boosted the volume using CoolEdit, the hiss become quite noticeable.