"Converted former Zoomer"5.0 starson by caponsacchi
Pros: Practicality, build, simplicity plus exemplary audio
Cons: Size not the best for "stealth" recording. Charges for extra features included with other recorders. Doesn't record MP3 or accept extra large XLF plugs.
Summary: At first I was taken by the Zoom H4, then the H2. But both are for hobbyists who want to devote hours to recording--just look at the promotional literature that comes with the H4n. Maybe for dedicated young techies. But for someone who wants a top quality, rugged, ultra user-friendly machine second to none in sound quality and likely to be used more often for that reason, the Sony is the answer. Zoom is one of those "the possibilities are limitless" gadgets. I want a quick, solvable, ready machine to get the job done. Forget the small machines and digital menus--the Sony is the most "dedicated machine in the bunch. I'd look at the Marantz and maybe the Edirol RD-9, but Sony wins my vote of confidence. I'm a musician, a music lover and not a techno-freak, and it looks like Sony has me in mind more than do any of the other companies.