I am always trying to work the most effective way I can and having a spare recorder can never hurt. My primary recorder has always been a sound devices recorder and has always preformed well in all conditions. However sometimes I just need a simple recorder as a back up or to do a Mp3 transcription. So I picked up a used H2 for $100.00 a few weeks ago and have been very impressed with it. I have used it to record some mp3 transcriptions and per a clients request ran it as a back up for some ENG interviews. For the price it is an excellent recorder and is a nice addition to my equipment inventory.