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ZOOM H3VR Review And Hands ON User Experience

ZOOM H3VR Review: A Deep Dive

The Zoom H3-VR isn’t just another recording device on the market. It stands as a powerful tool for sound recordists, from beginners to professionals, focusing on delivering immersive audio experiences for VR, AR, and 360-degree videos. Beyond specifications and technical details, what truly matters is the hands-on user experience. Dive in as I reflect on my journey with the Zoom H3-VR over the past five years.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Recently, I revisited my archive of sounds captured with the Zoom H3-VR. There’s something profoundly nostalgic about revisiting past work, especially when it stands the test of time, resonating with unparalleled quality.

For those exploring the realm of ambisonic audio recording without burning a hole in their pockets, the H3-VR emerges as a testament to Zoom’s dedication to delivering timeless products.

I’ve had experiences with microphones like the Rode NT-SF1. Yet, the H3-VR shines with its unparalleled blend of simplicity and affordability. No additional recorders, no fumbling with complex setups.

Zoom H3-VR in NYC

Imagine this: placing it at the heart of a bustling restaurant, capturing raw conversations and the melodic clinks of glasses, or setting it on a tripod amidst the frenzied pace of a subway station. With elaborate kits, this just doesn’t work the same. You either witness people altering their natural behavior, or a curious security personnel approaching you.

During my travels in Vietnam, especially in the packed streets of Hanoi, the H3VR was my trusty companion. The chaotic beauty of the streets, captured in its authentic, immersive essence, still resonates in my recordings. A jump in time, and the echoes from the New York metro station serve as a vivid auditory diary of my travels. These are not mere recordings; they are audio encapsulations of lived experiences. 

For a taste of these immersive experiences, listen to the sound samples below.


Sound samples

Not Without Its Challenges

Every device has its Achilles’ heel. For the H3VR, the perennial challenge of wind stands tall. While there are wind jammer solutions in the market, they don’t always render perfect results. Yet, for indoor settings or situations demanding discretion, the H3VR stands unmatched.

Gear for the Zoom H3-VR


The world of sound recording boasts an abundance of tools. However, the ZOOM H3VR carves its niche, not just with its specs but with the authentic, user-centric experiences it offers. For budding audio enthusiasts or seasoned pros scouting for a quick-setup recorder, the H3VR promises a return on investment that echoes for years.

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About Us

Who would have thought a handy sound recorder in Cambodia would lead us here?

Hi there we’re Marcel and Libby and every sound on this site has been recorded by us. For nearly 7 years, we’ve been traveling around the world recording unique sounds for others to use! 

If you’re curious and want to learn more about our journey traveling full-time as sound recordists you can read on here or on CNN Travel.

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