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Tascam CD-A580

Professional CD player/cassette recorder with USB dubbing

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Our take on the Tascam CD-A580

Tascam's CD-A580 combines a CD player, cassette player/recorder, and USB flash drive player/recorder into a single rack-mountable unit. This versatile deck lets you dub CDs or your old-school cassette tapes to USB flash memory drives so they can be archived as MP3 files.

A versatile multi-format recorder

Tascam's CD-A580 combines a CD player, cassette player/recorder, and USB flash drive player/recorder into a single rack-mountable unit. This versatile deck lets you dub CDs or your old-school cassette tapes to USB flash memory drives so they can be archived as MP3 files.

Tascam's professional line of studio recorders and players get rave reviews from our customers, both for their performance and their build quality.

Product Highlights:

    CD Player:
    • plays audio CDs, CD-R, CD-RW discs and data CDs (MP3 files)
    • various repeat playback modes, including Single, All, and Program
    • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
    • THD: less than 0.02% (1kHz)
    Cassette Player/Recorder:
    • one-way IC Logic transport control enables recording and playback
    • audio dubbing from CDs and USB flash drives
    • recording from line inputs
    • recommended tape length: 10 minutes to 90 minutes
    • track system: stereo
    • head structure: 1 record/playback head, 1 erase head
    • supported cassette tapes for playback: Normal (TYPE I), Chrome (TYPE II), Metal (TYPE IV)
    • supported cassette tapes for recording: Normal (TYPE I), Chrome (TYPE II)
    • wow and flutter: 0.3%
    • frequency response: 50-12,500 Hz
    • signal-to-noise ratio: 59dB
    USB Player/Recorder:
    • playback format: MP3
      • folder repeat playback
      • 8 folder levels supported
      • frequency response: 20-15,000 Hz
      • signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 85dB
    • recording format: MP3
      • MP3 recording from CDs, cassettes, and line inputs
      • frequency response: 20-15,000 Hz (CD), 100-15,000 Hz (line in)
      • signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 85dB
    General Features, Connections, and Dimensions:
    • remote control
    • LCD display with level meters
    • rack-mountable (3U rack space)
    • one pair unbalanced RCA analog line inputs/outputs
    • 1/4" stereo headphone output with volume control
    • 19-1/16"W x 5-1/2"H x 11-7/16"D
    • weight: 13.2 lbs.
    • warranty: 1 year parts (90 days magnetic heads and disc drive), 90 days labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Player/recorder w/attached 73" power cord (2-pin
    • polarized)
    • RC-1329 Remote control
    • Four 12 mm Phillips-head machine screws
    • 4 Flat-washers
    • 2 AAA Batteries
    • Owner's manual
    • USB flash-drive warning sheet

    Very nice unit! I can eventually record my old cassette tapes and get rid of them.

    Andy, Kerrville, TX


    Tascam CD-A580 Reviews

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    Tascam CD-A580

    Andy from Kerrville, TX on 10/29/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit! I can eventually record my old cassette tapes and get rid of them.



    east to use

    Al from Northport, NY on 10/4/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a high quality piece of equipment to convert my many analog recordings to digital this unit was perfect, extremely happy with the quality.




    Hands-on research

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    Overview: The Tascam CDA580 is a multi-purpose recorder/player designed primarily for archiving cassettes and cd's to a USB flash drive in MP3 format. It features a single cassette deck that can record and playback, a single cd tray for playback only, and a USB port for recording and playback. The CDA580 can also record to USB from an external source through the rear panel Line input.

    Common Controls: Each of the three media sections, USB, Tape, and CD, include their own set of standard transport controls. A Source button is used to select the source that will be either recorded or played back and dedicated USB and Tape buttons, with corresponding LED indicators, determine which section will be doing the recording. For recording to USB and Tape, a Record Level knob is provided for adjusting the record level. This works in conjunction with the stereo Level Meter provided in the LCD display. The Level Meter ranges from -30 dB up to 0 with an OVER indicator that lights if the signal starts to clip. The front panel also includes a headphone output with it's own volume control.

    Power On Start: Two 3-way selector switches are provided to determine what the CDA580 will do when its powered on:

    • 1) Off, Play, Rec (Tape)
    • 2) CD, Tape, USB

    The first determines if the unit will either start playing, recording, or do nothing. The second selector determines which source will be affected by the first setting. CD, USB, and Tape can be set to start playing back when the unit is powered on, but the Tape section is the only one that can be set to record when powered on. This feature works in conjunction with both Timer Recording and Timer-Controlled Playback. If an optional programmable timer (sold separately) is incorporated into the setup, when it powers on the CDA580, the unit can begin recording to the Tape section, or start playing back the Tape, USB, or CD section. For Timer Recording, the recording source can only be an external device plugged into the Line In on the rear panel.

    Cassette: The cassette deck features one-way IC Logic transport controls for recording and playback and can record from the CD, USB port, or the rear panel Line In RCA jacks. Aside from standard transport controls: Play, Stop, FFWD, REW, and Pause, the cassette section also includes a Pitch Control that can vary the tape playback speed by +/- 10%. Note: the Pitch Control only works for playback of the cassette deck. The following cassette types are supported by the CDA580 with the maximum recommended length being 90 minutes:

    • Playback: Normal (Type I), Chrome (Type II), and Metal (Type IV)
    • Recording: Normal (Type I), Chrome (Type II)

    CD: This section is capable of playing back audio CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and data CDs with MP3 files and includes standard CD player transport controls. Along with Repeat 1 (Repeats the selected track) and Repeat All (Repeats the entire disk) functions, cd tracks can be played in Shuffle mode which will randomly play all the tracks on a disk, then stop. Note: When recording from a CD to a USB flash drive, the monitored sound might skip depending on the type of drive used, but this won't affect the recorded data.

    USB: The CDA580's USB port (Type-A, 1.1) is capable of playing and recording MP3 files. Recording can be done from the CD drive, the Tape section, or the rear panel Line Inputs. The USB section supports playback of  music files with sampling frequencies ranging from 16 kHz - 48 kHz and bit rates from 8k - 320 kbps. Recordings are done at 44.1 kHz / 128 kbps. When recording from either the Tape or the Line In sections, file/track divisions can manually be set by pressing the front panel USB button. These are set automatically when recording from a CD and cannot be done manually. In addition to the standard transport controls, the USB section also has Folder up and down buttons.

    Repeat: Each press of the Repeat button will cycle through the following options, depending on which type of media is being played or recorded to, allowing the unit to repeat a single track, all the tracks on a disk, or all the tracks in a USB folder:

    • CD: Repeat 1, Repeat All, and OFF
    • MP3: Repeat 1, Repeat All, Repeat Folder, and OFF

    Shuffle: A Shuffle button is provided on the included remote control which allows all tracks on a disk or files on a USB drive to be played back in random order. After all tracks have played, the unit will stop.

    Program Play: Tracks or files can be programmed to play back in a specific order, for both CD and USB. The CDA580 allows up to 30 tracks/files to be stored for Program playback. If Stop is pressed during playback, Program is cancelled, but all of the stored memories are retained. Pressing Program again will resume Program playback.


    • Tape:
      • Track System: Stereo
      • Head Structure: 1 x Record/Playback head, 1 x Erase head
      • Pitch Control: +/- 10% (Playback only)
      • Wow and Flutter: 0.3% (W. RMS)
      • Supported Tape Types:
        • Playback: Normal (Type I), Chrome (Type II), Metal (Type IV)
        • Recording: Normal (Type I), Chrome (Type II)
      • Frequency Response: 50 Hz - 12.5 kHz, +/-4 dB (Normal and Chrome)
      • S/N Ratio: 59 dB (Maximum input level, A-weighted)
      • Nominal Input/Output Level (RCA): 4.5 dBu (0.46 V), Impedance more than 50 kΩ
    • CD:
      • Supported Discs: CD, CD-R, CD-RW
      • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +/-2 dB
      • THD+N: Less than 0.02% (1 kHz)
      • Maximum Output Level: +6 dBV (2.0V)
    • USB:
      • Playback:
        • Format: MP3
        • Sampling Frequency: 16 k - 48 kHz, 8k - 320 kbps bit rates
      • Recording:
        • Format: MP3
        • Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz, 128 kbps bit rate
      • Folder Levels: 8 Levels supported
      • Playback Response: 20 Hz - 15 kHz, +/-3 dB, more than 85 dB S/N
      • Record Response:
        • From CD: 20 Hz - 15 kHz (+/-3 dB)
        • From Line In: 100 Hz - 15 kHz (+/-3 dB), more than 85 dB S/N
    • Overall:
      • Nominal Input Level (RCA): -4.5 dBu (-0.46V), Input Impedance more than 50kΩ
      • Maximum Output Level: +6 dBV (2.0V)
      • Headphone Output: 10 mW + 10 mW (THD+N 0.1%, 32 ohms under CD monitor)
      • Dimensions: Width - 19.0", Height - 5.38", Depth - 12.50" (w/power cord)
      • Weight: 13.2 lbs.

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    Why did you buy this?

    it records to USB [ Byron  Oct 13, 2018 ]
    Only product like this in the US market. [ S  Aug 12, 2018 ]

    4 questions already asked

    Yes, you can record from CD to tape directly within the Tascam CD-A580. The instruction booklet explains how to do it. Within the unit you can also record directly USB to tape, and you can record both CD and tape directly to USB. Using "line in" as the source, you can record from an external source (such as another tape player, CD player, or FM radio) to both tape and USB. What this player/recorder lacks is CD recording. [ Danny  Oct 13, 2018 ]
    Yes, you can record cassette tapes from CDs. I haven't done it yet, but the manual gives instructions on how to do it. I am very satisfied with the CD-A580. [ Michael Lee  Oct 12, 2018 ]
    Yes: The Tascam CDA580 is a multi-purpose recorder/player designed primarily for archiving cassettes and cd's to a USB flash drive in MP3 format. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan  Sep 06, 2018 ]  Staff
    It cannot record to both a cassette and the USB driver at the same time; just one or the other. My Bio: [ Paul  Aug 13, 2018 ]  Staff