even if battery fails and/or power is lost during record
Broadcast Quality Condenser Microphone
("The HandHeld is like having
a mic with a digital recorder in it!")
Function (unusual on a solid state recorder)
Fast & Reliable
Or you can use it in its Docking Station -
even more versatile!
Fast, Reliable USB Connection
Broadcast quality condenser mic capsule detail
The Classic Single Handed Recorder
Ever since the world's first development of solid state flash
media based portable recording by Maycom, the inventors of solid state
sound, with their Mark 1
Easycorder in 1995, this innovative company have continued to focus and invest in
small, easy-to-use solid state recorders with cutting edge performance.
This resulted a 'sensibly small' professional WAV/MPEG-II recorder, the HandHeld II, so called
because it sits comfortably in the palm of your hand just like your TV
remote. Small, but not too small to be fiddly like some offerings these
Using a single multi-layer circuit board and state-of-the-art
electronics in its microphone preamps, limiter, AGC, AD and DA converters,
recordings are of astonishing audio quality, better even than some of
the more recent recorders made by their competitors. The reason for this
outstanding quality of Maycom's mic preamps in the HandHeld II.
A backlit LCD, positive control buttons, all within reach of the thumb
of the same hand you use to hold the unit make the HandHeld II so easy-to-operate too.
The HandHeld II defaults to the 16-bit/44.1kHz CD-quality format used by
broadcasters and thus integrates seamlessly
with all major broadcast automation systems, enabling you to get your
scoop on the air as fast as possible. No wonder national,
local and freelance radio journalists are using the HandHeld II in the UK and
throughout the world.
Superb Sound Quality
The digital audio
quality of the HandHeld II is outstanding and besides recording in linear WAV (uncompressed) format the
HandHeld II also records in all bitrates of the MPEG-2 Layer II
standard in mono and stereo.
To achieve a high
quality of encoding Maycom have used only A-brand components and
balanced input amplifiers, as well as the same BeyerDynamic
condenser microphone capsule used in two of their own studio and news gathering
assisted Maycom in the clever design of the microphone capsule
suspension system within the HandHeld II to reduce handling noise to
the bare minimum.
Of course there is also
the option of connecting one or two external microphones for mono
and stereo recording either via the HandHeld II's Docking Station or by connecting
directly into the base of the HandHeld II itself using one of the
optional cables available (see under Accessories below).
Compact Flash Storage
their marker information, are stored on a removable Compact Flash
card. A 2Gb CF card comes free with HandHeld II Report Kits.
As with other
recorders, the cards carry the DOS
file format and audio data can either be downloaded to any PC via
USB or be read by a CF-card reader.
Clever Pre-Record Buffer & Marking
Switch on your HandHeld
Slide the red record
switch into pre-record mode (thereby arming it). Check and adjust
your record level. Meanwhile the pre-record buffer is storing
2/5/10/20/or 30 seconds of audio depending on how you've set it.
Never again will you miss that vital moment at the start of an
Push the marker button
above the red record switch to start the recording and your first
marker is placed. The second marker is automatically placed at the end of
the buffered time and another at the end of the recording.
You may add markers by
pressing that button during record (or replay) to remind you of
editing points that may be useful later.
Fast, Reliable USB Connection
The USB interface on
both the HandHeld and its Docking Station provides a seamless
connection to your PC or studio automation system.
If used under Windows,
MacOS or Linux the HandHeld II appears as an external disk in your
file explorer window or the File/Open menu of your application.
No drivers are needed
for the latest version of the leading PC and Mac operating systems -
it's just 'plug-and-play'.
Compatible with all
major broadcast automation systems. Marker information and BWF
header information fields are available in DAVID, Netia, Dalet,
CoStar, Burli and many others.
SMART Battery System
Maycom developed their
own proprietary battery pack for the HandHeld II, a SMART battery,
which combines a 1000mAh NiMH battery pack with a small
micro-controller. This keeps track of all the operating parameters
of the pack and enables it to provide you with a 100% accurate
push-button 'traffic light' reading of the battery power.
NiHM means longer
charge life (2-3 hours per charge) and no rechargeable battery pack 'memory effect'.
Recordings are retained even if you have a
power loss while in record.
forget - HandHeld II can also be powered by 4 x AAA Alkaline
batteries when you're without a charged SMART pack.
The HandHeld's Docking
Station gives you the added convenience of a desktop USB
communications station. On return from assignment just pop it into
the DS and it your card will be 'seen' by your PC, ready for
The Docking Station
also provides stereo XLR inputs and outputs and an AC/DC (car)
adapter/charger. Many users choose to record using their HandHeld II
fitted into its Docking Station (it's a nice snug fit) thus enabling
them to use it with professional XLR mic/line inputs.
Charge your SMART
battery either inside your HandHeld when it is the Docking Station's
cradle, or charge your spare SMART battery in the DS's own battery
compartment when you are on assignment with your HandHeld.
Audio Signal to noise ratio: >85dB Crosstalk: <80dB Frequency response: 20Hz - 20,000Hz Harmonic Distortion: <0.05%
Recording Audio processing: Linear WAV /
MPEG-2 layer II Audio modes: Mono / stereo Bit rate: 8kbps to 384kbps Sample rate: 16kHz up to 48kHz File formats: BWF / WAVE / MP2
Analogue in: 2 x balanced mic/line inputs
via JAE socket (for use with optional Maycom Mono or Stereo mic leads) Internal Microphone: Omnidirectional electret condenser mic
(20Hz-20,000Hz) Audio switches: line/mic input; limiter (off/on); AGC (on/off)
Output Analogue out: 2 x unbalanced outputs Headphones: 1 x 6.3mm stereo jack Speaker: 1 x integrated speaker with max. 0.5W output for
Power AC Power via Docking Station: 100-240VAC / 12-24VDC Battery pack: NiMH SMART battery (charge life: 2+ hours min) Charge time: 2 hours Dryfit Batteries: 4 x AAA-sized alkaline batteries
Additional Environment Operation: 0șC to +70șC (storage: 25șC to +85șC) Storage Media: Removable
Compact Flash Card* Digital In/Out: USB Dimensions: 178(L) x 64(W) x 30(H) mm Weight: 0.3kg (inc. battery pack)
HandHeld II is guaranteed only when Maycom approved Compact Flash
media is used. Remember - not all flash media is the same! Please see
details and pricing of the correct cards for your HandHeld II in the
accessories section of our HandHeld II webshop below.