I'm looking for a simple, "in the gig bag" recording device to tape gigs and rehearsals. I'm having trouble deciding between these two units...I have only read great reviews of the R-09 and the only criticsm I've read of the H4 is that Zoom makes it.
I can get the Zoom for $250 from the store where I teach, but the edirol is $350+ on eBay. I have no interest in the bells and whistles on the zoom (mic modeling etc...), but I did hear a recording made with it of a friends band in a room I'm familiar with, and it was better than I expected. I have no experience with the sound quality of the edirol.
I also have an AT Pro-24 stereo condenser with an 1/8" jack (that looks exactly like the small mic they sell as an upgrade accessory for the edirol). The zoom doesn't have an 1/8th in, but has 2 XLRs (which probably are garbage)...I could always sell the AT and use my C1000's with the Zoom, but having a tight little package with the edirol is more appealing. Besides, I'd use the internal mics more often.
The bottom line for me is: which unit sounds better? The edirol seems more convenient, but saving over $100 is conveneint too. Can anyone say for sure that the edirol sounds better with the internal mic and external mics?
Also Zoom products seem like pretty cheesey, bells and whisltles, cheap stuff - but again, this is just to have for reference material and "work" CDs.