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Sony RCD-W50C

5-CD + 1-CD-R/CD-RW changer/recorder

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Item #: 158RCDW50C
 
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Our take on the Sony RCD-W50C

by Tom Mathew
Sony

Enjoy the convenience of a 5-disc changer and a single-disc CD-R/RW burner in one feature-packed component! Sony's RCD-W50C includes internal high-speed dubbing at 4X, and allows you to make recordings from external sources, both analog and digital. You can even label your newly burned discs with CD Text® entry — disc, track, and artist names will appear on players with CD Text display.

When it comes to making mix CDs, the RCD-W50C really shines. You can load up to five discs into the changer (there are five individual trays inside the play well) and program the tunes you want to burn. Hit the record button and in short order, you'll be enjoying a customized mix of tunes from your five favorite CDs! If you're making recordings from analog sources, you can take advantage of Sony's Super Bit Mapping™, which uses noise-shaping technology to approximate 24-bit performance from a regular 16-bit CD. You'll enjoy more detailed sound and increased dynamic range! High-speed finalizing means you'll spend less time waiting on your custom discs, and more time enjoying them.

Note: Component CD recorders let you record on two different types of discs: CD-R discs are write-once, recordable CDs which play back in almost all newer home, car, and portable CD players. CD-RW discs can be erased and re-recorded again and again, but aren't as widely compatible when it comes to playback. Check your specific model of CD player for disc compatibility. Remember, blank computer CDs cannot be recorded using a home CD-R deck, so be sure to use blank audio discs (the logo on the disc's packaging must include the words "Digital Audio").

Details:

  • 5-CD changer + 1-CD-R/RW recorder
  • plays CDs, audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs; records to audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs
  • internal high-speed dubbing (4X)
  • Super Bit Mapping improves sound quality on recordings from analog sources
  • high-speed finalizing
  • CD Text recording for CD-Rs & CD-RWs
  • optical digital input/output
  • analog input/output
  • 25-track programming, repeat, and random play
  • remote control
  • headphone jack with volume control
  • SCMS (Serial Copy Management System)
  • CD playback signal-to-noise ratio 98 dB
  • 16-15/16"W x 4-1/4"H x 16-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
General
Track Programming
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25
CD Text
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Yes
Direct Track Access
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Yes
Remote
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Included
Display Color
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Blue
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Compatibility
MP3 Playback
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No
SACD Playback
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No
Specifications
CD Frequency Response
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20-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio
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98 dB
SACD Frequency Response
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Not Compatible
SACD Dynamic Range
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SACD THD
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Recording
High-Speed Dubbing
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X4
Analog Record Level Control
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Yes
Digital Record Level Control
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Yes
Record Level Meter
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Yes
Track Title Entry
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Yes
Disc Title Entry
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Yes
Recording Signal to Noise Ratio
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90 dB
Recording Dynamic Range
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87 dB
Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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1
Digital Coaxial Output
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None
Headphones
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Standard
Inputs
Analog
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Stereo RCA
Digital Optical
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1
Digital Coaxial
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None
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • 5-CD changer + 1-CD-R/RW recorder
  • RM-R51 Wireless remote
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Two 39" stereo RCA patchcords
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty sheet
  • Owner Registration Card
  • Important Safeguards

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Features

Dual Well Design: The RCD-W50C has two decks, Deck A and Deck B. Deck A is a 5-CD changer that only offers playback capability. Deck B is a single CD-R/CD-RW recorder that offers recording and playback capabilities.

CD-R/CD-RW Playback Compatibility: Component CD recorders let you record on two different types of discs: CD-R discs are write-once, recordable CDs which play back in almost all newer home, car, and portable CD players. CD-RW discs can be erased and re-recorded again and again, but aren't as widely compatible when it comes to playback. 

Note: Blank computer CDs cannot be recorded using a home CD-R deck, so be sure to use blank audio discs (the logo on the disc's packaging must include the words "Digital Audio").

Playback: The following playback features are available:

  • Repeat Play: Deck A allows you to repeat the current track, current disc, all tracks on all discs, Shuffle Play, or Program Play. Deck B allows you to repeat the current track, entire disc, Shuffle Play, or Program Play. Note: For Deck A, you cannot repeat all disc shuffle.
  • Shuffle Play: Deck A allows you to play the tracks on the current disc or all tracks on all discs in random order. Deck B allows you to play the tracks on the loaded disc in random order.
  • Program Play: For each deck, up to 25 tracks can be programmed and played in any order.

Recording: The following recording features are available:

  • Normal Synchro Recording (Deck A to Deck B): After recording is complete, you must manually finalize the disc. Since CD Text information is not automatically transferred, you must manually label the disc before it is finalized. Normal Synchro Recording can be done at normal or high-speed (4x normal speed).
  • Make-Disk Synchro Recording (Deck A to Deck B): After recording is complete, the disc is automatically finalized. CD Text is transferred during the recording, but you can also manually label the disc and tracks. Make-Disk Synchro Recording can be done at normal or high-speed (4x normal speed).
  • Manual Recording: Manual Recording allows you to record music from Deck A or an external component. You can make digital or analog recordings from an external player, but, copy-protected digital source material can only be recorded in analog mode.
  • Super Bit Mapping (SBM): When you record through the analog input, the SBM Function lets you record a 24-bit high-quality sound source by converting it to a 16-bit source, without a reduction in the sound quality.
  • Silent Pause Function: During recording, if there is more than 30 seconds of silence, the unit pauses. If the unit continues to pause for approximately 3 minutes after the Silent Pause Function is activated, recording stops automatically.
  • Post Gap Function: When recording more than two tracks at once, this function allows you to add a 2-second silent gap between the songs.
  • Recording Level Adjustments: During analog and digital recording, you can manually adjust the recording level.
  • Marking Track Numbers: You can mark track numbers either manually or automatically.
  • Direct Recording Function: Digital signals with a sampling frequency of 44.1kHz can be recorded without using the sampling rate converter. Digital signals with a sampling frequency other than 44.1kHz are automatically recorded through the sampling rate converter.
  • CD Text Entry: You can enter a disc name up to 70 characters in length, and a track name up to 70 characters in length for up to 40 tracks.

Editing:

  • CD-R: No editing of any sort is possible. Recorded time cannot be recovered. Tracks cannot be moved, edited, or erased, and cannot be numbered or re-numbered after recording. Since this unit does not have a skip id function, it is not possible to skip over mistakes. Once a CD-R has been finalized, no further editing and/or recording is possible, even if blank space is available on the disc.
  • CD-RW: On a CD-RW disc you can either (1) erase one track at a time from the end only; or (2) erase the entire disc. In addition, you can unfinalize a CD-RW that has already been finalized.
 
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