Your pocket audio recorder might be nice. If you'd like top-quality sound recordings the next time you bootleg a Britney Spears concert, though, we doubt it can match the new Zoom H2n in performance.
Packing five "studio-quality" microphone capsules, the company calls it their "most innovative handheld recorder to date." With all five mics available at your beck and call, it can capture audio in four different modes: mid-side stereo, 90-degrees X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. That means, a whole lot of freedom to record exactly the sounds you want, even in the middle of a rowdy Britney Spears concert that puts attendees at the Judas Priest reunion to shame.
The Zoom H2n Handy Recorder can record in WAV (up to 24-bit/94kHz) and MP3 (up to 320 kbps) direct to SD cards, complete with a data recovery function in case your recording ends up a dud (because these damn gadgets are so stupid, right?). Aside from basic studio-quality recordings, it also comes with a slew of extra features, such as lo-cut filter, compressor/limiter, file dividing, variable playback and more.
A 1.8-inch LCD screen sits on one side, allowing you to monitor the recording during its entire duration, with ports available from the side (line in, line out and USB). Despite the high-quality audio file outputs, it's surprisingly light on the juice, able to run on just two standard AA alkaline batteries for up to 20 hours of recording.
Expect the Zoom H2n to hit shelves beginning September. Price is pegged at $199.