Originally Posted by RadioJonD
It's an Edirol R-05 digital recorder
that's on the way. I bought an Edirol R-09 in 2008 and have always gotten fine results with it. A couple years ago I bought a TASCAM DR-07 Mk II and didn't like it very well. I usually patch in a mic, and the recordings sounded a little "grainy" to me and less "rounded" than the Edirol. The built-in mics were a total disaster for me---no matter where I placed them, they picked up breath noise like a windstorm. And without a line-in, I couldn't digitize LPs and cassettes like I did with the Edirol, so I kept going back to it.
I had bought a new SD card for the Edirol yesterday and I had to update the firmware before I could even use the card! That set me to wondering what the current Edirol hand-held models were, and that's when I discovered that Amazon had the Edirol R-05 for $169.99. Most other retailers are charging $199.99. It has pretty much the same features you listed for the TASCAM DR-08, plus you can record WAV and MP3 simultaneously, and the reviews were great. I went ahead and ordered one, figuring that the price might not last.
Do you know anyone who'd want a barely-used TASCAM DR-07 Mk II, complete with a microSD card and a fresh set of batteries? I don't have any use for it with the new Edirol coming.