Zoom F8 vs Sound Devices 688 : Hands-On Sound Comparison


In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the Zoom F8 Professional Multi-Track Field Recorder for Filmmaking and Sound Design. 

Using both an Audio-Technica AT899 Condenser Lavalier Microphone, as well as a Schoeps CMC6 MK41 microphone mounted on an Auray Boompole with a Schoeps shockmount, Rives makes a direct comparison of sound quality at 24-bit/192 kHz resolution between the Zoom F8 Field Recorder and the more expensive Sound Devices 688 Professional Field Recorder.  

The video explores the F8’s features including timecode support, three power options, dual SD card slots, redundant recording, its use as a multi-channel audio interface for Mac and PC, and compatibility with the company’s microphone capsules. It also includes wireless control with a mobile device using a dedicated app. These features make the F8 a powerful tool for everything from multi-tracking band rehearsals, recording sound for picture, and Foley work, among others—all in a portable and durable form factor.       

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1 Comment

It sounds like the SD has a bit more body, smoother sounding.  The thing is though, no one would notice unless they're actually hearing them side by side at the same time, nothing is flawed about the F8.  For $1000 its untouchable!