First seen at the Winter NAMM earlier this year, Edirols latest mini location recorder got the gizmo heads drooling (us included). Taking the success of their larger R-1 and somehow cramming many of the best features into an even smaller and more affordable package.
About the size of a mobile phone, you can record directly via the built-in stereo mic at 44.1 or 48kHz at 24-bits with time-stamp capability. MP3's are also handled with native recording from 64 to 320kbps. You can also record via external 1/4" mic in or line in.
On Input you get AGC (Auto Gain Control - yay!) Low Cut and mic sensitivity.
Recordings can be mono or stereo to SD card (ships with a 64MB card) and files can be transferred either with a card reader of via the built-in USB 2.0 connection - the R-09 just shows up as a drive. With a projected battery life of up to 4.5 hrs it takes standard AA batteries but can be powered from AC adapter too.
Get up to 7hrs of 44.1 or 28hrs of MP3 recording on a 2GB SD card and more with a 4GB card which should be available in the not too distant future.
Ouputs are 1/4 headphones, 1/4 line out or optical out via special adapter cable.
If you need DSP for playback, you get a reverb on playback via the built in DSP.
Retail price is $450 but we've seen it for $399