I had to pull the trigger. I was looking at getting the H2 and saw the new version so I shelled out the extra bucks. I haven't tried it in a real situation yet but I have a rehearsal on Sunday and a gig next weekend so I'll give it a work out then. On first sight ZOOM has been reading the reviews of the H2 and really improved on the parts that most seemed to complain about. The negative parts of the reviews I read had the same complaints over and over. The screen was to small, the buttons were to small and flimsy/cheap feeling, the battery compartment cover was flimsy and the overall feel was cheap. At least cheaper feeling than other companies products. That has changed in the H4n. The screen is now the size of a typical digital camera (about 2in.) and is very easy to read. The overall feel of the body is much better and has a non slip texture on the sides. The buttons are bigger and have a much more quality feel to them. The mics are still kind of exposed however. I'm not a hack so I dont anticipate that to be a problem. Overall build quality feels much better. They've included a speaker in this version as well. Not enough to sound any good but at least you don't need headphones to make sure it's recording. It came with a case!!, windscreen, 1gb sd card, wall adapter, an adapter for a mikestand!(no more velcro straps) a usb cable and Cubase LE. Price? $439.00 cdn. The old H4 is going for $339.00 cdn up here so the extra hun was worth it to me. I'll let you know how the recording goes and maybe post some tracks. Here's the link to the H4n http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1994&brandID=4 Ciao for now.