Tascam CD-500/CD-500B

The CD-500 is an extremely compact CD player available as a standard or professional version. The slimline housing comprises a slot-loading drive with reliable brushless motor as well as a full set of functions ideal for small broadcast or recording studios, theatres, touring sound companies, fitness studios or any permanent installation.

Alongside the typical play and repeat modes, the player offers many functions for professional use, such as flash start, auto cue (search for beginning of track), auto ready (automatic pause at the end of a track), call (jump to the position at which playback was last started), pitch control (±16%) including the opportunity to alter the tempo while retaining the key, intro-check or fade-in/fade-out. In order to be able to integrate into media control devices and into permanent installations, there is a relay play function, fader start or event start capability, EOM signal and a serial port. Furthermore, the device can resume playback after being switched on again and can remember a variety of operating conditions after being switched off.

The standard version has an unbalanced analogue output as well as optical and coaxial digital output. The professional version (CD-500B) provides the user with an additional XLR balanced analogue output, an AES/EBU digital output and a parallel port.

Main Features

  • Ultra-compact rack-mountable CD player (1U)
  • Highly reliable brushless motor
  • Slot-in CD drive mechanism
  • Audio CD-R/RW, MP3 (192KBit/s) and WAV playback
  • Flash start capability for up to 20 tracks
  • Numeric keys for track selection and flash start
  • Frame accurate search
  • Call function (return to the point where playback last started)
  • Skip back function (jump back a few seconds during playback)
  • Auto cue, auto ready, intro check functions
  • Resume function
  • Index search for audio CDs
  • Directory search for MP3 CDs
  • Playback modes include Single, All and Program (up to 99 tracks)
  • Memory for playback programs of up to 100 CDs
  • Repeat modes include Single, All and A–B
  • Selectable interval time between tracks
  • ±16% pitch control with dedicated rotary encoder
  • Key original function (change speed only)
  • Fade in/out (up to 10 seconds, in 0.5-second steps)
  • Time display (track elapsed / track remain / total remain)
  • Power-on play (timer function)
  • Relay play with multiple units
  • Fader start / event start
  • Lock function to avoid accidental operation
  • Anti-shock memory
  • RCA unbalanced analogue output
  • Optical digital output (SPDIF)
  • Coaxial digital output (SPDIF)
  • Mono output
  • Serial control (RS-232C, D-sub 9-pin)
  • Headphones output with dedicated volume control
  • Footswitch control of several functions via three pedals (with optional Tascam RC-3F)
  • Last mode memory (Playback mode / Program / Repeat mode / Time display)
  • End Of Message notification
  • Backlit LC display
  • Wireless remote control included (receiver can be disbaled if required)
  • Removable power cable

Additional features on CD-500B

  • XLR balanced analogue output (output level may be customized by technical support)
  • XLR AES/EBU digital output
  • D-sub 15-pin parallel control port

Specifications

General
Compatible media CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R/CD-RW (12 cm only)
Compatible CD formats CD-DA, CD-ROM ISO9660 Level 1/2/ROMEO/JOLIET
Compatible file formats Audio CD (CD-DA), MPEG1 Audio Layer III, WAV
MP3 playback specifications Audio modes: Stereo, Joint stereo, Dual channel, Mono
Sampling frequencies: 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Bit rates: 64, 128, 192, 256, 320 Kbit/s and VBR
WAV playback specifications Sampling frequencies: 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Bit rate: 16 bit
Number of audio channels 2
Audio outputs
Analog output (unbalanced) RCA pin jack
  Nominal output level –10 dBV
  Maximum output level +6 dBV
  Output impedance Less than 1 kΩ
Analog output (balanced, CD-500B only) XLR-3-32 (1: GND 2: Hot 3: Cold)
  Nominal output level +4 dBu
  Maximum output level +20 dBu
  Output impedance 150 Ω
Phones output 6.3-mm stereo phone jack
  Maximum output power 45 mW + 45 mW (1kHz, THD at 0.1%, 32 Ω loaded)
Digital output (Optical) TOS (JEITA RC-5720C)
  Format IEC60958-3 (SPDIF)
Digital output (Coaxial) RCA pin jack
  Format IEC60958-3 (SPDIF)
Digital output (AES/EBU, CD-500B only) XLR-3-32
  Format AES3-2003 / IEC60958-4 (AES/EBU)
Other inputs and outputs
RELAY input/output 3.5 mm mini jack
RS-232C D-sub, 9-pin
REMOTE 2.5 mm TRS jack (for Tascam RC-3F footswitch)
PARALLEL (CD-500B only) D-sub, 15-pin
Audio performance
Frequency response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.5dB
THD + N <0.005 %
S/N ratio >95 dB
Channel separation >95 dB
Power supply and other specifications
Power supply 100–240 V AC, 50–60 Hz
Power consumption CD-500: 10 W
CD-500B: 11 W
Dimension (W x H x D) 483 mm x 45 mm x 301 mm
Weight CD-500: 3.5 kg
CD-500B: 3.7 kg

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

Last modified: 2016-06-27 17:10:31 UTC