Tascam CD-500B Ultra-compact Professional 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.

Features at a glance

  • 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

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


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 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) 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 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 11 W 
Dimension (W x H x D) 483 mm x 45 mm x 301 mm 
Weight 3.7 kg