Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Edirol updates the R-09 flash recorder to R-09HR

Edirol has given its R-09 digital audio recorder a bit of a shot in the arm to help it compete with the slew of other low-cost recorders on the market today. A few years ago when Edirol launched the R-09, it 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. So it's about time we saw an update.

The Edirol R-09HR (for high resolution) looks a lot like its older sibling, and tha't s a good thing. It's 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 R-09HR can support 24-bit 44.1/48/88.2/96KHz recordings, while the older model topped out at 48KHz. The R-09HR can also support SDHC media up to 8GB, while the original R-09 could only handle 4GB. Update: It looks like you can add support for 8GB SDHC cards to the original R-09 through a firmware update. The latest firmware update also adds the ability to split files while making a recording.

The new unit also has a rubberized case instead of the old plastic case, there's a new monitor speaker on the back of the unit, a 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.

You can find out a bit more about the R-09HR by checking out this video from SonicState:

The R-09HR appears to be on sale in the UK for about £249.00, which is around $500 US. But it's not clear how much the recorder will cost in the US, as electronics tend to be cheaper this side of the Atlantic.

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Eric Diamond said...

I didn't care for the noisy preamps on the R-09 so I hope they addressed that in this update.

Anonymous said...


Can it playback Flac/Ogg files from a pre-recorded SDHC ?

[since it has digital out, so I am interested to use it as a transporter as well, and feed a DAC1 - any idea how well R09hr might work in this incarnation? ]


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