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« on: April 14, 2015, 11:05:22 AM »
Supposed to be about $1000.
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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2015, 11:23:54 AM »
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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2015, 11:48:05 AM »
I like how my H6 works/records but have never been thrilled about the design.  The F8 is bag ergo friendly in appearance and the 8 ch. is appealing just to have as an option, as I have used all 6 channels on the H6 a few times.

Hopefully they have some of the options that they didn't have in the H6/H5, such as a possible S/PDIF or AES3 in or Out for a start.

Would dump the DR70D for this one.  Gotta love the new product that keeps coming out!

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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2015, 07:05:12 PM »
Supposed to be about $1000.

It'll be interesting to find out how it sounds. It looks like it's aimed at dialog recordists; it's a very bag friendly design. But so is the SD 788T, and we know how many Tapers and in particular classical recordists have made that a favorite for music.

It looks very small and I'm hoping it's pretty light. I wonder how Tascam will react; it looks to undercut the HS-P82. But again, depends on what it sounds like.

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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2015, 08:02:25 PM »
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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2015, 01:13:06 AM »
I hope they've upgraded the preamps.  They are really noisy for the H6 and inconsistent.  In other words, channels 5-6 are louder than 1-4. 
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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2015, 10:16:03 AM »
New pre's would be nice on an upgrade.  I like the dual SD card capability as well as the Time Code addition.  "Locking" XLR upgrade is nice, especially for use in a bag.

Full color screen with anti-glare...nice!  I assume it will have a 192 kHz capability exceeding the H5 & H6 96 kHz max.  Would make sense if they are putting this up against the R-88, DR-680MKII or HS-P82.


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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2015, 10:27:47 AM »
Well, the proof is in the performance, but visually, they are using the proven SD style casing, providing individually adjustable channels, apparently giving individual channel info on the meters, and including a nice color bar meters for the overall input. 

If the preamps are on par with the competition and if the timecode works well for $1,000, Zoom will have positioned itself quite nicely between the $2,000 R-88 and the $629 DR680mkii (functionally 6 channel/ no timecode) and who knows what other recorders. 

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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2015, 07:13:18 PM »
I hope they've upgraded the preamps.  They are really noisy for the H6 and inconsistent.  In other words, channels 5-6 are louder than 1-4.

I'm interested to know what sort of jobs you used the H6 for, where you found the preamps really noisy.

I've used mine for dialogue with a boom mic and live music recording, and I've found the preamps to be fine.


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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2015, 02:42:15 PM »
I pre my Zoom H6, but I have never had an issue with 1-4 v. 5-6 either?

On a side note, here's a link for some better images of the prototype F8

http://fr.audiofanzine.com/enregistreur-poche/zoom/f8/news/a.play,n.29020.html
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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2015, 02:57:51 PM »
Here's a somewhat detailed video posted at B&H:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/audio/news/nab-2015-first-look-zoom-f8-q8-recorders

It sounds like they're aiming for an end-of-year release. At this point, there doesn't appear to be a digi in/out.
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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2015, 07:01:46 PM »
Aren't those all outputs in the top row and inputs 5-8 below?
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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2015, 07:18:40 PM »
audBall, sorry, deleted my post about digi in when I realised (a) I meant the back not the side and (b) what I was looking at was timecode not digi in/out.

Anyway, impressive looking unit in any event!  Just when I thought that we were near the limits of what was possible and of price/performance, these innovative companies still come back with more!

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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2015, 07:55:04 PM »
^ Gotcha. I actually thought the same exact thing when I first saw the back of the unit. It is impressive and I look forward to hearing more.
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Re: Zoom F8
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2015, 12:06:13 PM »
I had a thought  ::)

It appears that the H6 and H5 microphones can be used on the F8 with an extension cable, will that cable be able to used with the H5/H6 to remote mount the supplied mics ?
The connector on the back of the F8 looks similar to the one on my H6.



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