NBC: Edirol R-09 on Ebay

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Mon Oct 29 15:10:29 EDT 2007

Stan Erhart wrote:
> "the new models will take up to a 32GB SDHC card." 
> Walter, Roland's R-09 spec page says 4 gig cards are the limit.  I think 
> this is pretty accurate.  The first models could handle 2 gig cards, but 
> the current firmware, which can be applied to the early models also, 
> allows it to use 4 gig cards.  Plus the firmware gives you more power 
> saving options.  I don't think they've made any changes to the original 
> model other than firmware.  The device was made so well to start with, 
> it's enjoying a longer than average life span for a digital product.  To 
> get current specs, follow this link, then click on the spec page...
> http://www.tiny.cc/rIeFN

I don't remember where I read that but I did. Edirol's own site in one 
place states:
This is the latest version of the R-09 operating system. Please refer to 
the "R-09UpdateReadMe.pdf" for the update procedure.

V.1.30 Update Adds:

     * Support for up to 8GB SDHC memory cards


So even their own literature is a bit confusing.

Maybe 32GB is the theoretical limit for SDHC, I don't know for sure. I 
visited the site of the SD Card Association (http://www.sdcard.org) and 
they are remarkedly uninformative. I do know that the stats my Zoom H2 
at first was limited to 2GB and now says 4GB. But indications are that 
is just the limits of what they have tested so far. I have a 4GB card in 
mine and it works fine. I did see an 8GB card at Best Buy on Saturday 
but the price was too high for me. I could have gotten three "on sale" 
4GB cards for the price.

Ah, here's the answer, good old Webopedia has this to say about SDHC:

Short for Secure Digital High Capacity, SDHC is a type of flash memory 
card based on the SDA 2.00 specification. The SDA 2.00 specification 
enables SD cards to reach higher capacities from 4GB to 32GB, and 
growing. SDHC uses a new technology, and as such these cards are not 
backwards compatible with SD format devices. SDHC uses a defined 3 speed 
class system to help consumers with the different data transfer speed 
(DTS) and performance minimum requirements;

     * Class 2: minimum sustained DTS of 2MB/sec
     * Class 4: minimum sustained DTS of 4MB/sec
     * Class 6: minimum sustained DTS of 6MB/sec

The SD Specification Version 2.0 for the SDHC memory card was 
established by the SD Card Association (SDA).

Were the first R-09's SDHC compatible or just regular SD card? I can't 
remember but I the update would seem to indicate they were SDHC.
Keep on keepin' on ...

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