I decided to buy myself a Zoom H4N to capture some live gigs, and felt pretty comfortable
after reading Paul White's review HERE
However, one thing that Paul omits in his review is
the horrible Japanese-to-English translation in the manual. It is very difficult to
understand and follow, and I am having a tough time following it all.
seen a translation this bad in a manual in a long time, and I really thought we were past
all of these types of things. It reminds me of a very poor Babblefish translation.
Other than that, the unit looks nice, although I am still wading my way through
the muck that is the manual to get the feel for how to operate the danged thing!
A funny story, as I was walking out of the store with my brand new H4N in hand, there
was a woman at the counter with the same unit. I made some comment about "great minds
thinking alike" or some such witty comment, but then she said, "No, I am returning mine."
OUCH! So now I get a slight feeling of panic, and she tells me that it is just too
complicated to operate, and she couldn't figure it out. She did say that she is not very
technical, and that most folks would be OK. I was a bit taken back, but I also know that I
consider myself to pretty tech-savvy for an old fart, and decide to press on.
In retrospect, it is no wonder that technically-challenged folks would have a problem
with this guy. There is a lot more to operating this thing that meets the eye, and with
the manual translation being the nightmare that it is, I can see where she might have
I'll let you know how I get on with the thing...
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake"