February 25, 2016 at 3:43PM
Zoom H4n - Buy New or Used?
I am looking at purchasing an audio recorder and am interested in the Zoom H4n. I currently own a Rode NTG2 Shotgun Mic which I would use with the audio recorder.
I have been looking online and see that I might be able to pick up a used H4n for around $100 on ebay. If I bought the recorder new, I would have download codes for some audio editing software. Currently I do not have any audio programs to use on my computer. Buying new is a tempting offer except for the fact that it would cost me approximately $70 more. Maybe there are some awesome audio editing programs out there for around that much? Also, I don't know if there are any problems with buying a used audio recorder.
My questions are:
What would be some cons about buying used? And if I buy used, what are some good audio editing programs?
Zoom came out with the first version of the H4n in 2009. They updated (i think just software and bundled items) in 2015 to the H4nSP.
If I bought it brand new, should I get the older 2009 version that comes with an AC adapter and windshield and 1 audio program or go with the 'updated' version that only includes a case and the download codes for 2 audio programs?