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  • EEVblog #271 – Zoom H1 Recorder Teardown

    Posted on April 24th, 2012 EEVblog 10 comments


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    Teardown Tuesday
    What’s inside the Zoom H1 Portable Handy MP3/WAV Recorder?

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    • http://www.oho-elektronik.de mrandelzhofer

      nice !

      A friend of mine records his guitar compositions in his living room.
      Only a laptop with an H1/H2 is needed as the “studio”.
      http://www.youtube.com/user/esimcan

      Interesting how cheap such a product can be manufactured and sold, supposing that the owner still earns some money from.
      Even weird that quality parts from TI are used instead of low priced taiwan stuff.

      Can you rebuilt the H1 to a functional unit ?
      Did you ever fucked up disassembled gadget ?

      Keep on with these excellent videos…

      MIKE

    • Oliver

      As always, awesome review. What made me cringe though, was ‘WAV’ lol. Which is the windows 8.3 abbreviation for ‘wave’ and thus should be pronounced as wave! Other then that. Great great review. I love teardown tuesdays!

      • Jonathan

        WAV = “wahhvvv”
        MP3 = “mip3″
        MP4 = “mip4″
        AVI = “ah-vee”
        OGG = “awg” (like dog)
        FLV = “flav” (or sometimes “filv”)
        WMA = “woomaa”
        MPG = “mpeg”

        I’m sure there’s more and other ways to say them…

        It’s fun to pronounce these in silly ways, especially when it riles up the coworkers :)

        • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

          I do like to shit stir occasionally!

    • leo

      Most of the time I don’t know what your talking about (over my head)but I check every day for something new thanks……

    • Rafael

      Pretty cool teardown… I feel your pain in having to de-solder something to get access to the circuit – always scared to destroy something during reassembly.
      Although the DSP uses very little power (for a DSP), it got me wondering how is the battery life for all this horsepower on such small recorder.

    • http://faultlineaudio.squarespace.com Christopher

      I really like tear down Tuesdays. The retro equipment reminds me of how much designs have changed over the past 30 years. The new stuff keeps me thinking and learning. Good Job Dave!

    • Drone

      Cool device. I like it too. The layout engineer must have been bummed-out in the end to have to run that fat black external jumper across the board. But otherwise, a nicely realized product.

      Will that device work as a USB “sound card” that is powered by the USB port (no battery installed)? Can it “stream” encoded MP3 in real time to a PC throgh the USB port?

    • Frank

      Do we get “stick up” video? (is “stick up” the opposite of “tear down”?)

      Or do we have to run this video backwards?

    • http://www.quantumcad.co.uk/ sridhar

      thanks for sharing this post. very useful one.