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Tascam CD-500B Single-Rackspace CD Player (Balanced), 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Response, 90dB Dynamic Range


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About Tascam CD-500B

The CD-500B is a slot-loading CD player with a new transport, featuring brushless motors and an edge-grabbing mechanism to prevent disc damage. A front-panel 10-key pad is available for instant access to CD tracks and flash start is available for instant playback. The CD-500B supports MP3 and WAV file playback from CD-ROM as well as traditional audio CDs.

The Tascam CD-500B includes 16% pitch control for CD playback speed. Other features include incremental play, fader start, Call/return to last play point, fade in/out, power on play and more. A variety of control and interface ports are found onto the rear panel. Both RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced analog outputs are provided, as well as S/PDIF and AES/EBU digital outputs.

The CD-500B can be controlled through RS-232C, Parallel, wireless remote control or an optional RC-3F footswitch. The reliable CD-500B is a perfect solution for installation, touring, house of worship and anywhere else rackspace is at a premium.

Tascam CD-500B Features

  • Slim and lightweight 1RU chassis fits into any standard equipment rack
  • Slot-loading mechanism takes up less space and is less prone to breakage than tray-loading drives
  • Supports audio CDs, plus CD-ROM discs with WAV files up to 16-bit/48kHz and MP3 files up to 320kbps VBR
  • Playback options include all, single, random, A/B, 99-track program, incremental play, call function, power-on play and skip back play, plus a 16% pitch control
  • Analog stereo XLR and RCA outputs are provided, which also offer mono output capability
  • Optical and coaxial S/PDIF digital outputs and an XLR AES/EBU output let you connect to digital equipment
  • The front-panel LCD display shows track elapsed/remain time, as well as remaining disc time and other vital info
  • The 10-key pad provides instant access to CD tracks
  • Frame-accurate searching, plus index search and directory search let you find the exact audio moment you need
  • Fade in/out is provided with 0-10 second fade time in 0.5 second steps. Fader start and event start are also offered
  • Resume and EOM functions built-in
  • 3.5mm relay connectors let you perform relay playback with multiple units
  • A wireless remote is included, which can be enabled or disabled
  • RS-232C, parallel and footswitch connectors are provided for versatile wired control
  • A front-panel 1/4" headphone jack provides convenient monitoring

Tascam CD-500B Specifications

Compatible Discs
CD, CD-R and CD-RW, Audio CD (CD-DA), MP3 and WAV
Supported Bit/Sample Rates
MP3: Up to 320kbps
WAV: Up to 16-bit/48kHz
Audio CD: 16-bit/44.1kHz
D to A Converters
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz ±0.5dB
Dynamic Range
95dB or More
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
95dB or More
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
0.005% or Less
Channel Separation
95dB or More
1 x AC Power Input
1 x Unbalanced Stereo RCA Output (2 Jacks, L/R)
1 x Balanced Stereo XLR Output (2 Jacks, L/R)
1 x Coaxial RCA S/PDIF Digital Output
1 x Optical S/PDIF Digital Output
1 x XLR AES/EBU Digital Output
1 x 9-Pin RS-232C Control Connector
1 x 15-Pin Parallel Control Connector
1 x 3.5mm Relay In
1 x 3.5mm Relay Out
1 x 2.5mm Footswitch Connector
1 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone Jack
Remote Control
Wireless Remote Included, Wired Control Possible
100-240VAC, 50/60Hz 11W Consumption
Operating Temperature
41 to 104 Deg. F (5 to 40 Deg. C)
Within 30 Deg.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
19 x 1.75 x 11.8" (483 x 45 x 301mm)
8.1 lbs (3.7kg)
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