I bought the DR-1 when it first came out and it has proven to be an excellent recorder for band rehearsals and worship sessions. I purchased the DR-08 for my wife and it took her a while to get into it. We used it in an unplugged worship session recently, and I must say that the mic adjustments are incredibly useful. The volume control, once you get use to how to use it is excellent. The one thing that I wish was better is the monitoring when the DR-08 is in "Stop" mode. There is no monitoring display when it is in "stop" mode so that you can know what the level is before you start recording. The other thing that I wish was present is a larger increment for jumping forward in a file as well as jumping backward in a file. Perhaps "1min, 3min, 5min" increments. One other thing, I wish that it had the charge Nimh feature along with the other features it already has. It is possible, I suppose that the USB port cannot give enough power for charging. These are just my observations. I love it otherwise.