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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