• Professional CD Player / MiniDisc® Recorder | Tascam MD-CD1MKIII
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The MD-CD1MKIII combines CD playback and MiniDisc recording in a single rackmount unit which saves rack space and installation budgets. Each component has its own analogue and digital outputs so that both sources can be used independently, and there is also a combined output for continuous playback over both decks.

The MD-CD1MKIII has a host of professional features, such as pitch control for CD playback, data CD playback (WAV/MP3 with ID3 tag display), a computer keyboard connector for title editing and transport control, RS-232 control and an optional analogue balanced I/O board that allow it to be specified into a wide variety of applications. CDs can be played back at up to 16 % faster or 50 % slower, and can even be played back faster without changing the pitch. Discs can be duplicated from CD to MiniDisc at up to 4x speed, and a wireless IR remote is included.

Like all of Tascam’s products designed for fixed installation, the MD-CD1MKIII is a reliable player designed for years of trouble-free use.

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Features at a glance


  • 4 x speed MiniDisc duplication
  • MD–CD continuous playback
  • Continuous, single, random, or program (up to 99 songs) play
  • All, single, or A–B repeat play
  • Auto Cue function (automatically locate to a track’s audio start)
  • Auto Ready function (automatically pause after locating to a track)
  • Timer function: Playback starts when mains power comes up
  • Headphones output with level control
  • Input sample rate converter (32 to 48 kHz)
  • RS-232C serial control
  • Balanced input/output kit available as an option (LA-MC1)
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Infra-red remote receiver can be deactivated
  • Compact 2U rack-mount chassis

CD deck

  • Compatible with CD-R, CD-RW, CD-R Digital Audio and CD-RW Digital Audio media
  • Plays MP3/WAV files on ISO 9660 CDs
  • Plays MP3/WAV files inside directories
  • ID3 tag display (information on artist and title names stored inside MP3 files)
  • Pitch control (change tempo and key simultaneously from +16 % to –50 %)
  • Key original function (change tempo without changing key)
  • Fade-in / fade-out (1–30 seconds in 1-second steps)
  • Individual digital and analogue outputs
  • Transport control via computer keyboard

MD deck

  • Supports Stereo, Mono, LP2 and LP4 recording and playback modes
  • Individual input level controls (L/R) for analogue recording
  • Auto track increment
  • Time track increment (adds a track ID every 1 to 10 minutes)
  • Sync recording function
  • Fade-in / fade-out (1–30 seconds in 1-second steps)
  • Overwrite recording
  • Edit functions (divide, combine, move tracks)
  • Individual digital I/O (optical and coaxial) and analogue I/O (RCA)
  • Computer keyboard connector for title input and external control


MD deck
Type MiniDisc recorder
Discs MiniDisc format
Rec modes Stereo/Mono/LP2/LP4
Recording format Magnetic field modulation overwrite
Recording time (when using a 74-minute disc) 74 minutes (stereo),
148 minutes (mono),
148 minutes (LP2),
296 minutes (LP4)
Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz
Compression system ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding)
CD deck
Type Compact Disc player
Discs 8- or 12-cm CD, CD-R, CD-RW
File systems ISO 9660 Level 1, 2, Romeo, Joliet
Formats Audio CD (CD-DA),
MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3),
Audio CD playback
  Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz
  Quantization bit rate 16 bit
WAV playback
  Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz
  Quantization bit rate 16 bit
MP3 playback
  Audio modes Stereo, Joint Stereo, Dual Channel, Mono
  Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz
  Bit rate 32–320 Kbit/s or VBR
Audio performance
Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB
(CD playback, MD playback/recording)
S/N ratio 100 dB or more (CD playback, JEITA)
98 dB or more (MD playback, JEITA)
95 dB or more (MD recording/playback, JEITA)
Dynamic range 100 dB or more (CD playback, JEITA)
98 dB or more (MD playback, JEITA)
95 dB or more (MD recording/playback, JEITA)
Total harmonic distortion 0.004 % or less (CD playback, JEITA)
0.004 % or less (MD playback, JEITA)
0.006 % or less (MD recording/playback, JEITA)
Channel separation (1 kHz) 90 dB or more (CD playback, JEITA)
90 dB or more (MD playback, JEITA)
83 dB or more (MD recording/playback, JEITA)
Audio inputs (MD)
Analogue line input RCA, unbalanced
  Nominal input impedance 22 kΩ
  Nominal input level –10 dBV (0.32 Vrms)
  Maximum input level +6 dBV (2.0 Vrms)
  Minimum input level 22 dBV (0.08 Vrms)
Digital input (coaxial) RCA pin jack
  Format IEC 60958-3 (SPDIF, conforming to SCMS)
  Sampling frequency range 32–48 kHz
Digital input (optical) TOS (JEITA RC-5720C)
  Format IEC 60958-3 (SPDIF, conforming to SCMS)
Audio outputs
Analogue line outputs RCA, unbalanced
  Nominal output impedance 200 Ω
  Nominal output level –10 dBV (0.32 Vrms)
  Maximum output level +6 dBV (2.0 Vrms)
Headphones output 6.3-mm stereo jack
  Maximum output power 20 mW + 20 mW (1 kHz, 0.1 % THD, 32 Ω)
Digital output (coaxial) RCA
  Format IEC 60958-3 (SPDIF, conforming to SCMS)
Digital output (optical) TOS (JEITA RC-5720C)
  Format IEC 60958-3 (SPDIF, conforming to SCMS)
Other inputs and outputs
RS-232C 9-pin D-Sub connector
Format Conforming to RS-232C protocol 1.00 specifications
Keyboard connector 6-pin mini DIN connector
Power supply and other specifications
Power requirements USA/Canada: 120 V AC, 60 Hz
Europe: 230 V AC, 50 Hz
Australia: 240 V AC, 50 Hz
Power consumption USA/Canada: 22 W
Europe/Australia: 24 W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 483 mm x 94 mm x 308 mm
Weight 5.4 kg
Operating temperature range 5–40 °C
Maximum inclination of installation

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

Last modified: 2019-07-18 11:16:43 UTC