The Zoom H4 Handy Digital Recorder looks like a device from “Star Trek.” But while it might look like it can zap Klingons, really it’s just a voice recorder, a pretty nice voice recorder. The H4 can record 24-bit/96 kHz digital audio as well as in MP3 with bitrates up to 320kbps. It features two studio-quality electret condenser microphones configured in an X/Y pattern for true stereo recording. Or if you’d prefer external microphones, there are two combination XLR-1/4-inch input jacks with phantom power. It can utilize SD cards up to 2GB.
The H4 can provide four hours of continuous recording on two AA batteries. It can also be hooked up to an AC adapter if you have one nearby.
No word on pricing or availability of the H4, but I imagine it’ll be ‘spensive. That doesn’t stop me from wanting one though.