Graham,Grahamb wrote:To cn90
H2 has built-in mics and CANNOT accept external mics.
I'm looking at mine now and it has an external mic input I haven't tested it with a mic (don't have one)but I'm very happy with the sound quality from the built-in mics.
My apology, there is more to the Zoom H2 story:
http://transom.org/tools/recording_inte ... 1_zoom_h2/
The other edge has 1/8" mini jack inputs for external mic input, or external line-level input. The mic input can provide "plug-in power" to small electret microphones that need it. That low voltage current can be turned on and off in the utility menu. It's important to note that the Zoom H2 CANNOT provide 48 volt "phantom power" to professional condenser mics, so if you wish to use such a mic, it needs to be powered with an internal battery in the mic. Not all condenser mics can use an internal battery, so be careful in choosing an external mic if you use one.
The Zoom H2's owners manual (Page 20) shows that H2 can only accept one microphone (I may be wrong), and it needs external power supply:
http://www.samsontech.com/products/rela ... manual.pdf
You might want to visit the other thread on Microphones, pay attention to posts by DonM (he is a professional recording engineer with lots of knowledge on recording):