JVC has just announced the RD-R2 – a portable stereo designed with the musician in mind. What’s so special about this device is that it is has been specially designed for musicians to record and listen to their music to see how they did in rehearsal. The RD-R2 (almost R2-D2 eh?) comes with stereo mics, input jacks and a microSD/SDHC card reader for you to record/playback your music. In addition to recording features, it comes with a hand clap metronome to help you keep time and get into the groove of things. A guitar input with a KORG tuner ensures that your strings never go out of tune and every note you hit on your guitar will be in the recording. With support for MP3, WMA, WAV and AAC, it is no slouch when it comes to music playback as well, and its lightweight and portability makes it an excellent companion for street musicians who need a backing track while they perform. The RD-R2 will go on sale in Japan next month for about $460 and the RD-R1 (same stereo, minus the guitar input and KORG tuner) will cost $290. Fingers crossed for these babies make it out of Japan, as they seem like interesting devices to play around with (especially if you’re into making music).