Decided this afternoon to make a trip down to B&H on 33rd St. to check out some digital audio recorders that I’ve been eying for some time, now. (Namely, about 9 months.) I’d narrowed it down to two: the Zoom H4 and the Edirol R-09HR. Well, let’s face it – I’d narrowed it down to the Edirol, but needed someone to push me into actually buying the damn thing. And what better way to achieve that end than to put a salesman smack in front of me? So, off to B&H!

Of course, I’d never been to B&H before, so my brain imploded a little when I walked in the door. So. much. stuff…. I took a second to reboot and spent the next two minutes walking in tiny circles wondering which way to look for portable audio recorders. Upstairs? Downstairs? Somewhere over there? When I finally got the brain-power to ask the woman at the information desk about 3 in front of me, I was informed that the audio section was three feet to my left. Brilliant.

The salesguy pointed out the recorders and gave me a minute to stare absently at the row of little machines. I mentioned that I’d been considering the Edirol and the (conspicuously absent) H4. “Oh, no, no, no,” he said. “Not the H4. We’ve got our recorders laid out in order of quality, and it would be further left than the H2.” (The Zoom H2 sat at the far left, the row’s cheapest and lowest-quality (though still quite good) recorder.) I asked a bit about recommended accessories (a carrier, a stand, etc) and was told that it was good to go as-is (which I really already knew, but wanted the sales pitch – I was already spending a fair amount of money, so why not spend more!). But he offered an extra 4GB SDHC card for free, which was fantastic. Because I asked? Probably not – it’s most likely standard for them -, but I like to think so.

I looked at the price again – within a few dollars of the best price I had found in extensive searches online – and said, “OK, I’ll do it.”

So now I’m the proud owner of an Edirol R-09HR. I spent an hour or so this evening (between dinner and Heroes) at Darien’s puttering with it, recording myself at the piano singing a few songs (I’d post them here, but my piano skills aren’t quite good enough to be anything other than embarrassing right now).

Very much looking forward to playing with it more and using it tomorrow during the second interview with David!