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"Single Handed News Gathering"

  • Easy Operation

  • About the size of a TV Remote

  • Useable in or out of its Docking Station

  • Adjustable Pre-Record Buffer

  • Uses Compact Flash (CF) cards

  • Smart Battery System

  • Recordings save even if battery fails and/or power is lost during record

  • Built-in Broadcast Quality Condenser Microphone ("The HandHeld is like having a mic with a digital recorder in it!")

  • Superb Sound Quality

  • Pause/Record Function (unusual on a solid state recorder)

  • Fast & Reliable USB Connection

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 days.

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 is the 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 microphones.

  • BeyerDynamic also 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

  • Recordings, including 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

  1. Switch on your HandHeld II.

  2. 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 interview.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  • Don't forget - HandHeld II can also be powered by 4 x AAA Alkaline batteries when you're without a charged SMART pack.

• Docking Station

  • 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 download.

  • 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.

HANDHELD II SPECIFICATIONS | info | pdf | manual | accessories | media | buy |

• 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

• Input
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 "confidence" monitoring

• 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: 0ēC to +70ēC (storage: –25ēC to +85ēC)
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)

*The 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.



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