Tascam CD-500B Professional 1U CD Player
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The CD-500B is an extremely compact CD player available as a 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 CD-500B has balanced and unbalanced analogue outputs as well as optical, coaxial and AES/EBU digital outputs as well as a parallel port.


XLR balanced analogue output
XLR AES/EBU digital output
D-sub 15-pin parallel control port
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 disabled if required)
Removable power cable
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