For anyone who wants a digital recorder capable of creating high-fidelity audio recordings suitable for broadcast, radio or podcasts, the feature-packed Roland Edirol R-09HR makes an excellent pick, reviewers say. The Edirol R-09HR records at a sampling rate of up to 96 kHz for the best sound quality and can save these recordings in WAV, MP3 or VBR formats. While the 512 MB of built-in flash memory is skimpy by current standards -- especially for recording high-quality audio -- there's a card slot for adding SD memory cards (up to 32 GB). Reviewers note that there are some other professional-grade recorders, such as the Samson Zoom H2 (*Est. $150) that offer similar features and produce recordings that are just as good, but at a lower price. The Samson Zoom H4n (*Est. $270) is also well reviewed.
Among reviews of the Edirol R-09HR, the most complete comes from CNET's Donald Bell, who tests the device for design, features and performance and makes clear comparative references to other similar models. O'Reilly Digital Media's Mark Nelson also gives good coverage of the Edirol R-09HR, though his original review of the Edirol R-09 is more detailed. Mac users will also want to read the Mac-centric review at Life123.com. Go to Amazon.com to read the opinions of dozens of users.
CNET's Donald Bell tests the Edirol R-09HR and comes away impressed. Negatives are minimal, but include its large size and the lack of a tripod mount. Bell also says the digital recorder is hard to use in low light or darkness. However, all that pales in comparison to the Edirol R-09HR's pluses, leaving Bell to conclude, "If you want a high-quality audio recorder that fits in your pocket, the Edirol R-09HR can't be beat."
Review: Edirol R-09HR, Donald Bell, Aug. 15, 2008
2. O'Reilly Digital Media
Mark Nelson compares the Edirol R-09HR to its predecessor, the Edirol R-09, and to the M-Audio MicroTrack II in this very detailed review. Though the emphasis is on using the recorders to capture music, there's plenty of information here for all users. Pluses include the fact that the Edirol R-09HR is very easy to use, and that it includes a very helpful user's manual.
Review: Review: Edirol R-09HR & M-Audio MicroTrack II, Mark Nelson, Aug. 7, 2008
Though not a review per se, this article delves into the special considerations that go into selecting a digital voice recorder for use with Mac computers and the Mac OS. Among the recommendations made, the Edirol R-09HR is called a great pick for those who need the best quality recordings.
Review: Buying a Mini Voice Recorder for a Mac, Dachary Carey
Nearly every one of the dozens of users who have posted here to date give the Edirol R-09HR at least 4 out of 5 stars, and the overwhelming majority give it a perfect score. Most of the reviews here are longer and more detailed than other user reviews.
Review: Edirol R-09HR High-Resolution WAVE/MP3 Recorder, Contributors to Amazon.com