Tascam CD-RW900MKII

Professional CD recorder/player

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Tascam's CD-RW900MKII professional CD recorder offers outstanding performance and convenience at a price that won't break the bank. This versatile recorder features a new TEAC-designed tray-loading transport to ensure reliable, long-term operation in the most demanding installations. In addition, the new transport allows you to write track markers without a gap, for seamless continuous live recordings — something not possible using off-the-shelf PC drives. You also get your choice of three track division functions — automatic, time-based, and manual — to make recording simpler and help create polished recordings without the need for constant supervision. Plus, a record-mute function can insert silence between tracks.

Other useful recording features include a digital input level control as well as independent left and right analog trim controls for setting optimal recording levels. A high-performance AKM processor is used for analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion for clean, clear sound quality with wide frequency response and dynamic range.


Flexible and easy to use

Analog plus optical and coaxial digital audio inputs and outputs offer simple connections to a recording console. A built-in pitch control lets you adjust pitch and tempo during playback — great for musicians, dancers, and fitness instructors. For monitoring or private listening, the CD-RW900MKII includes a headphone jack on the front panel with a volume control. And the included remote has number keys for quick access to a specific track.

Product Highlights:

  • supported recordable disc types: CD-R, CD-R-DA, CD-RW, and CD-RW-DA (high speed CD-RW is supported)
  • playback disc formats: CD-DA, CD-ROM ISO9660 LEVEL 1/2 Joliet format, multisession discs and CD-text
  • recording file formats: CD-DA (44.1kHz/16-bit stereo)
  • playback file formats: CD-DA (44.1kHz/16-bit stereo), MP3 (44.1kHz, 64 to 320kbps, VBR)
  • all new TEAC-designed tray-loading transport for reliable operation
  • high-performance AKM AK4528VM processor for AD/DA conversion for clean, clear sound
  • independent left- and right-channel analog input trim controls
  • digital input trim control for optimal recording levels from a digital source
  • automatic, time-based, and manual track division functions to make recording simpler
  • record-mute function can insert silence between tracks
  • fade-in/fade-out recording function (1 to 30 seconds selectable in 1-second increments)
  • one pair unbalanced RCA analog line inputs/outputs
  • optical (Toslink) and coaxial S/PDIF digital audio inputs/outputs
  • 1/4" stereo headphone output with volume control
  • input for optional P/S2 keyboard (mini DIN 6 pin)
  • ±16% pitch control playback function
  • 4-second RAM memory buffer prevents skipping during playback due to vibration
  • remote control
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz (±0.8 dB playback, ±1.0 dB record)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 90 dB recording, 95 dB playback
  • dynamic range: 90 dB recording, 95 dB playback
  • channel separation: 80 dB recording, 90 dB playback
  • rack mountable (2U rack space)
  • 19"W x 3-11/16"H x 13-3/4"D
  • weight: 9.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts (90 days disc drive), 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Tascam CD - RW900MK11

Written By Mike, Texas on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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I was asked if the unit was able to record Lp records and the answer is yes , providing a few items are in place . If your turntable has a built in RIAA filter then a direct connection to analog and adjust levels as needed . And it is ok if it spikes in the red a little it will not show up on the disk . If you choose to use Digital this may present some problems because most Digital turntables are unstable and the recorder may not see it to record . In this case an analog to digital converter is needed and most Pc will perform this task . Stay under 48k because this is the max this unit will receive . In digital mode I would recommend the Coax connection this produces more sound pressure (Louder) . At its greatest a -10 Db is about as loud as you can push Analog into Digital . But for those who prefer more using a Pc with a Daw or a Vst host and adding plugins can produce a 0 Db effect . If your a Purist then non of the above is needed . I find pushing the analog to Digital my preference because the gain of the program is now the level of the Clicks which in a sense hides them . But when using a Vst Host you can purchase and Download plugins to enhance this , such as EQs compressors declickers denoisers and so on . This unit will provide a stable burn platform because it does not rely on the Pc power supply and the reputation of the brand name speaks for itself . This is not there top of line unit but 20 years of usage can be had...............

Pros: This was a question ask by Tom but I could not seem to answer it through my E-mail maybe you will be able to read it here.......... good luck Tom !

Cons: come on guys get it together this man needs his answers

Value for sure!

Written By JamesT, California on Friday, July 10, 2015

This CD recorder provides sound quality and features greater than one would expect given its relatively low cost. For pro or home use, TEAC/Tascam products generally offer super value!

Pros: Sound and features beyond price

Cons: Bit of a learning curve.

Tascam CD Recorder

Written By Rick C., Michigan on Monday, June 15, 2015

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Excellent product for my recording studio. Performs flawlessly. High end product, yet easy to operate. Also looks real sharp on my rack.

Pros: Lots of features. Instruction manual very easy to understand.

Cons: None

Tascam CD-RW900MKII

Written By Anonymous, Columbia City, IN on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Works great. The best part of this cd recorder is I like that it uses regular cd-r's. So you just don't have to go out a find the music cd-r's like most other recorder's require.

Pros: Uses regular cd-r's

Cons: none that I have found.

Very nice recorder

Written By EE, Virginia on Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Very nice recorder with high quality sound reproduction. I've only had this unit several weeks and still learning all of it's features, once you 'drive' it a couple of times, it's easy to use with the front panel keys or remote.

Pros: Clear display, easy recording with front panel keys or the included remote. I've used it to record old albums and it reproduces very well.

Cons: I have it connected to an older Kenwood system and it's a bit difficult to switch inputs (by relocating cables) but it's something I can live with.

Tascam CD-Rw900mkii

Written By Francisco, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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This unit is excellent in all recording aspects. sound from its recordings is awesome. very easy to use also. Highly recommend this recorder/player.

Pros: easy to set and use, exceelent recorded sound, affordable.

Cons: none

Sounding better.

Written By W R Moore, Kansas on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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When I first received this unit, which is replacing a Denon DN-C550R CD recorder, and after connecting it up in my audio production studio, I wasn't too happy with the sound of CD playback. The highs sounded "rolled off" and the overall audio had a rather "muffled" quality. Since that time, however, the playback audio has somewhat improved, which reinforces the old adage that most electronics require a certain amount of "break-in" before they sound their best. I have recorded several CDs and all is functioning normally there, so if playback quality continues to improve, I will probably add this piece to my arsenal of equipment. One other comment, though. I missed that letter of thanks from Bill Crutchfield which they used to send inside the box.

Pros: Functions well as a recorder.

Cons: Muffled playback sound, initially, but better now. Clunky and noisy CD drawer.

Tascam CD-RW900MKII

Written By PhilipG, Hawaii on Friday, January 02, 2015

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Outstanding cd recorder/player. Very clear and concise music reproduction!

Pros: Well written instructions !

Cons: None !

great burner very user friendly

Written By mike o., bristol,ct on Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Very high quality product. Easy to use

Awesome! Especially for the price!

Written By Lite T, Florida on Thursday, November 20, 2014

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A very fine & professional CD recorder + player. Awesome! Exceptional quality of recordings! Easy to use. My principle purpose is to record my LP vinyl; however, since it is so easy with fabulous quality, I am also using it to record from radio & other audio sources just like the old Cassette Tape Decks -- but with superior quality and easy features to make professional quality recordings (eg fade in/out, auto track management, etc). My Recommendation: invest in this product! you'll use it for many purposes, not just conversion of LP to CD.

Pros: Professional CD recordings & easy to use + professional-grade features

Cons: none

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  • CD recorder
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 2 Rack ears (installed)
  • 4 Screws
  • 4 Washers
  • Owner's Manual

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CD Recorder: The Teac CD-RW900MKII is a professional CD recorder with analog and digital inputs/outputs for recording of your external audio sources.

Reliable CD Transport: The new Teac transport (CD-W5600S) was designed for audio use; not a re-packaged computer drive. The tray-loading design provides a stable platter to minimize errors while writing the disc. Improved firmware allows the transport to write track markers without a gap, for seamless continuous live recordings.

High-Quality AD/DA Conversion: An AKM AK4528VM is used for AD/DA conversion for clean, clear sound quality with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-0.8dB).

Disc Compatibility: The following disc type can be played back by the Teac CD-RW900MKII.

  • Commercial pre-recorded CDs recorded in CD-DA format (44.1kHz, 16-bit)
  • CD-R and CD-RW disc that have been recorded in CD-DA format (44.1kHz, 16-bit) and finalized properly
  • MP3 files (44.1kHz, 64-320kbps) recorded in ISO9660 level 1/level 2 format on CD-R and CD-RW disc, and properly finalized
Note: The CD-RW900MKII can recognize up to 255 folders and 999 files on a recorded MP3 CD-R/RW disc.

Shockproof Memory: A RAM buffer stores audio data in memory to ensure smooth playback, even if shock or vibration lasts for up to four seconds.

Analog & Digital Inputs/Outputs: Unbalanced analog, plus S/PDIF coaxial and optical connections are provided for connection flexibility. The CD-R900MKII features a stereo analog RCA input and output, a coaxial digital input and output, and an optical (toslink) digital input and output.

Independent Input Trim Controls: Both the left and right analog inputs have their own analog input gain controls. In addition, the digital input can be controlled for optimal recording levels from a digital source.

Headphone Jack: The CD-RW900MKII also includes a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for record monitoring and playback listening.

Playback Functions: Even if you don't need to record every day, the CD-RW900MKII makes an excellent CD player. Functions including auto-cue, auto-ready, pitch control, program, random/repeat, and more are provided.

  • Auto Cue: Using the auto cue function, you can select a cue point where sound begins (not where a track begins) within a track.
  • Auto Ready: This function allows the playing back a single track, and the automatic cuing of the next track ready for playback.
  • Pitch Control: When playing back an audio CD, the pitch (or speed) of the playback can be varied (+/-16%).
  • Program Play: This function enables playback of selected tracks in any desired order (up to 99 tracks).
  • Random Play: In this mode, the unit will play back all the tracks on the disc in completely random order; regardless of track number. 
  • Repeat Play (A/B): In this mode, all the tracks on a disc are played continuously. If a specific portion between two points on the disc is specified, that portion can be played back repeatedly.
  • Timer Playback: By using an external timer,  you can set the CD-R900MKII to play the loaded disc automatically when the unit is turned on by the time.

Track Division Functions: The CD-RW900MKII offers a variety of track division functions to make recording simpler.

  • Automatic Track Division: A track marker can be created based on the input level, adding a new track when the input falls below a specified level (from -24 to -72dB).
  • Time Track Division: Time-based track creation can be set every 1-10 minutes. This method is preferred in some applications like conference recording, when there is no gap between segments like there is when recording music.
  • Manual Track Division: A new track can be written manually by pressing the Record key while the unit is in record mode.
  • Rec-Mute: The Rec-Mute function can insert silence between recorded tracks.

Fade In/Fade Out: At the beginning and the end of a recording, fade-in and fade-out effects can be performed. The length of the fade-in/out can be set between 1-30 seconds.

Synchronized Recording: Synchronized recording basically means that recording will begin automatically when a signal is received, and will stop when a signal ends.

Titling: Titles can be give to recorded discs and tracks using the unit's Text Edit option.

Wireless Remote Control: The Teach CD-RW900MKII includes an IR remote control for wireless operating of the CD recorder. The remote is powered by two "AAA" batteries (included). The remote's operating range is approximately 7 meters (23') at an angle of 15° left or right.

Mountable: Rack Mountable: The CD-RW900MKII comes out of the box with rack ears installed. The unit will fit into a 2U rack-mount space, however it is recommended to leave 1U of space above and 4" behind the unit for proper ventilation. If needed, the player's 4 rubber feet can be removed when rack-mounting. Four rack-mounting screws with rubber washers are included.


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The Tascam CD-RW901MKII offers these features:

balanced analog and digital XLR inputs and outputs

RS-232C serial and 15-pin parallel control ports

sync trim and automatic track division trim functions

ISRC/RID code display function

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