Back in 2006 Edirol released its high-end R-09 portable recorder that could handle recordings up to 48KHz. The R-09 was one of just 2 or 3 prosumer level recorders available for under $500, and it got rave reviews. But since then, it’s received plenty of competition. Edirol is now taking things up a notch with the R-09HR (to help it compete with the slew of other low-cost recorders on the market today), which can handle 96KHz recordings. The Edirol R-09HR looks a lot like its older sibling and that’s a good thing! It supports SDHC up to 8GB instead of the 4GB max of the old model. Designed to fit easily in your hand or pocket, the button layout does appear to have received a bit of a redesign. But the big changes are under the hood. The new unit also has a rubberized case instead of the old plastic case. And the exciting part is that there’s a new monitor speaker on the back of the unit, remote control for triggering and pausing recordings from up to 10 feet away, and a playback speed control!
The R-09HR also comes with Cakewalk Audio Editor LE digital audio editing software.
The device appears to be on sale in the UK for about £249.00($490 USD). But then again, it’s not clear how much the recorder will cost in the US, as electronics tend to be cheaper on their side of the Atlantic.