Guess Santa really wasn't looking this year; otherwise, he wouldn't have put an Edirol R1 under my Christmas tree.
The Edirol R1 will let me record high quality audio for my podcasts. Since it records to a compact flash card, it does not pick up any noise from the device itself. This is a problem for those who record use a traditional microphone and computer set up for recording podcasts. The Edirol R1 will record both WAV and MP3 formats and has an effects processor that will let me enhance my audio. I can hardly wait.
I am surprised at how many capabilities are packed into this recorder. It runs on two AA batteries and is so light that I'll hardly notice that I am carrying it around. I'm still learning how to use it -- note nose is deep in manual every time I fire it up. And -- bonus the manual even makes sense.
Santa thanks -- I always knew you could be bribed.