Tascam CD-500B CD Player, Balanced Analog/Digital outputs


Tascam CD-500B

Tascam’s best-selling line of single-rackspace CD players has been updated with 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 on 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.


  • Slot-loading mechanism
  • RCA unbalanced output
  • XLR balanced output
  • Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF digital outputs
  • XLR AES/EBU output
  • All, single, random, A/B and 99-track program play
  • Incremental play
  • Track elapsed, track remain, disc remain time display
  • Call function: return to last play start point
  • Intro check
  • Fade in/out (0 to 10 sec., in 0.5 sec. steps)
  • Power on play
  • Frame-accurate search
  • Skip back play
  • Activate or deactivate the wireless remote
  • Relay play with multiple units through 1/8” relay in/out jack
  • Index search (CD-DA discs) and directory search (MP3 discs)
  • Mono output
  • Resume
  • Fader start / event start
  • EOM (End of message)
  • WAV file (up to 48kHz/16bit) and MP3 file (up to 320kbps VBR) playback
  • Headphone output
  • RS-232C and Parallel control
  • Wireless remote controller included
  • Footswitch input (for optional RC-3F footswitch)
UPC 678358930562


Tascam CD-500B specs

TypeRackmount, Slot-Loading
Compatible DiscsCD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Audio CD (CD-DA), MP3, and WAV
Supported Bit/Sample RatesMP3: up to 320 kb/s
WAV: up to 16-bit / 48 kHz
Audio CD: 16-bit / 44.1 kHz
D to A Converters16-bit
Frequency Response20 Hz-20 kHz (±0.5 dB)
Dynamic Range95 dB or More
Signal-to-Noise Ratio95 dB or More
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.005% or Less
Channel Separation95 dB or More
Connectors1 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 3.5 mm Relay In
1 x 3.5 mm Relay Out
1 x 2.5 mm Footswitch Connector
1 x 1/4″ Stereo Headphone Jack
Remote ControlWireless Remote Included, Wired Control Possible
Power100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
11 W Consumption
Operating Temperature41-104°F / 5-40°C
InstallationWithin 30°
Dimensions (WxHxD)19 x 1.75 x 11.8″ / 483 x 45 x 301 mm
Weight8.1 lb / 3.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)21.6 x 15.5 x 5.35″

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