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Tascam CD-A580

Professional CD player/cassette recorder with USB dubbing

Item # 850CDA580

Tascam's CD-A580 combines a CD player, cassette player/recorder, and USB flash drive player/recorder into a single...

Tascam's CD-A580 combines a CD player, cassette player/recorder, and USB flash drive player/recorder into a single...

Item # 850CDA580

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About the Tascam CD-A580

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.

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
    • MFR # CD-A580

    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

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    Russ B.

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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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    12 questions already asked

    I have a record player , can i record onto a tape on this tascam?
    [ KEVIN  Nov 13, 2020 ]
    7 answers
    Have not tried that but I don't see why not just like a typical tape deck.
    [ RICHARD  Nov 18, 2020 ]
    [ FRED  Nov 14, 2020 ]
    No you need a phone jack
    [ STEPHEN  Nov 14, 2020 ]
    [ Shaddrick  Nov 13, 2020 ]
    I haven't got that far with it yet! So I can't say for sure. My best advice to you is ask a specialist at Crutchfield. Best of luck to you.
    [ MARTIN  Nov 13, 2020 ]
    Yes. There is a line in circuit, any signal sent through this line is recordable, either on cassette or on USB. But not on CD
    [ CHAD EVANS  Nov 13, 2020 ]
    You may transfer a record or any source in your audio system to a cassette tape or MP3. The CD player in this unit, however, does not have recording capability.
    [ CHRISTOPHER  Nov 13, 2020 ]
    will it play video or audio both ?
    [ rainey  Mar 19, 2020 ]
    10 answers
    No video capabilities
    [ RICHARD  Mar 23, 2020 ]
    Only Audio,
    [ VIKAS  Mar 20, 2020 ]
    Audio only. No video.
    [ FRED  Mar 20, 2020 ]
    "CD". Audio only
    [ Byron  Mar 20, 2020 ]
    [ SGillum .  Mar 19, 2020 ]
    Audio only.
    [ James Randall  Mar 19, 2020 ]
    Only audio playback and recording to cassette and usb in mp 3 format.
    [ SGillum .  Mar 19, 2020 ]
    Audio only.
    [ Shaddrick  Mar 19, 2020 ]
    No video, this is an audio component.
    [ Wilbur  Mar 19, 2020 ]
    As far as I can see it will only record/play audio. It does not have a screen to display video. It may copy video disks I do'nt know as I only wanted a unit that would copy audio disks to USB sticks. For that it works great as I have done 34 so far which came out perfect!
    [ DUANE  Mar 19, 2020 ]
    can i record one track to usb or does the the entire cd needs to be record ?
    [ Edward  Mar 07, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    The manual doesn't say you can, but if you first set the track you want to record on the CD and then press record for the USB I was able to record a single track. You will have to stop it when it is finished. You can't program the tracks you want to record, but you select each individual track you want and record each track by itself and stop it and select the next track and repeat the process to record the track or tracks that you want.
    [ SGillum .  Mar 20, 2020 ]
    Do the tascam cd -A580 has Dolby noise reduction ?
    [ Steven  Feb 09, 2020 ]
    6 answers
    No, but it seems to play Dolby tapes very well. The cassette record/playback has a very low noise floor.
    [ RICHARD  Feb 13, 2020 ]
    Short answer: the Tascam CD-A580 does not have Dolby noise reduction. Longer answer: For what it's worth, I don't find the absence of Dolby noise reduction technology to adversely affect the sound quality of cassette tape recordings or for that matter, playback of my now-ancient prerecorded cassette tapes. To the contrary, as a veteran of many years of recording cassettes from phonograph records and CD's, I discontinued use of noise reduction circuitry long ago and just recorded my stuff raw. It's somewhat analogous to the setting on your amplifier that completely cuts out the tone control circuits. Purer sound. I find the effect of a bit of additional tape hiss to be of little concern, outweighed by better sound quality, and easily adjusted by tone controls on your pre-amplifier, if so desired. Having said all that, I encourage you to read the opinions of others, listen to what the experts at Crutchfield have to say, and find some of the technical on-line discussions about this subject via your search engine. Yes, believe it or not, there are discussions about it, some of it sufficiently technical to make my eyes cross. Good luck.
    [ FRED  Feb 10, 2020 ]
    [ Wilbur  Feb 10, 2020 ]
    No the tascam rep told me that Dolby reduction take analog sound quality, that it was no necesary for this unit.
    [ EFRAIN A  Feb 10, 2020 ]
    No. It does not have Dolby Noise Reduction,
    [ James Randall  Feb 10, 2020 ]
    It may not as a review of the manual does not mention "Dolby". However, I could not be more pleased with this unit as I have recorded 34 composite CD's to USB sticks and they sound great ! Good luck to you,Duane
    [ DUANE  Feb 09, 2020 ]
    I need a combo player that can record cassette onto CD and from CD to cassette.. I'm starting to record my 90 min cassettes on CD format, but I also need to be able to record CD onto cassette.. The model I have is a Tascam cc-mk11 which they don't make anymore..Is there a replacement unit out there?????
    [ Sammy Z  May 14, 2019 ]
    5 answers
    The CD-580 will record a CD, USB, or line input to a cassette. The unit will not record to a CD and it will not record metal (type IV) tapes.
    [ Don  May 16, 2019 ]
    With the Tascam CD-A580 you can record from CD or Flash Drive to cassette tape, and cassette tape or CD to flash drive. There is no CD recorder. You'll need a separate CD recorder. I recommend a version of the Tascam CD-RW900.
    [ Danny  May 15, 2019 ]
    Sammy, I Dont know of any new units that will play cassettes and burn to cd in same unit. However there are some used units on EBAY that do this. Another way around this is if you have a stereo set up play the cassette on your stereo system and burn to CD on a separate CD burner that is also connected to your stereo and you can convert them that way. Or a third option is TASCAM makes a cassette to USB burner then you can burn from USB to CD via your stereo or computer. Got kind of the same problem with VHS tapes to DVD. They do not make a single unit that does this anymore either. Good luck. Tom
    [ Thomas  May 14, 2019 ]
    The CD-A580 will record from CD to flash drive and CD to cassette. It does not record from cassette to CD, unfortunately. I'm not aware of a unit that does. That's not to say they don't exist.
    [ KEITH  May 14, 2019 ]
    I needed to do the same. The A580 will not record on CD. I purchased this unit to play cd or tapes to record on its USB/Flash/Jump drive and a Teac CD recorder to record on cds. Hope this helps.
    [ Byron  May 14, 2019 ]
    Will it play both sides of a cassette before stopping?
    [ Dominic  Mar 12, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    No, it does not play the other side before stopping. Still a great machine however,
    [ KEITH  Mar 18, 2019 ]
    Sorry, no. This is a "one way" transport so it does not feature "auto reverse"
    [ Ryan  Mar 18, 2019 ]  Staff
    When you record to flash drive is the result only MP3 or can you do lossless?
    [ Dominic  Mar 12, 2019 ]
    5 answers
    Only MP3 @ 128 Kpbs on a computer you can go up to 320 Kpbs. I have recorded a few files with Free Lossless Audio Codec(FLAC) , but it will not play in my car. It will record a CD with out you monitoring it. It will also record tapes to USB but if you want to separate the tracks you have to do it manually.
    [ SGillum .  Mar 13, 2019 ]
    It's just MP3
    [ DAVID  Mar 13, 2019 ]
    This unit will record only MP3 files to USB. Pg. 28 of manual states"Tracks recorded onto a USB flash drive are converted to MP3 files at a bit rate of 128 kbps."
    [ James Randall  Mar 13, 2019 ]
    Yes. The tracks are only MP3 @ 128kbps. No FLAC files are saved to USB.
    [ Thomas  Mar 12, 2019 ]
    MP3 only...
    [ CALVIN R  Mar 12, 2019 ]
    Want to record usb mp3 files at 320 bit rate, from cassettes to archive at highest bit rate. How is this done? I can't seem to find the instructions to change it from 128.
    [ Rue  Dec 30, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    I do not know if this is possible. I have read other customers lament that the bit rate is only 128. If you find out, please post the answer. Sorry.
    [ Danny  Jan 04, 2019 ]
    Only records at 128 kbps to usb.See page 28 of manual. Link for manual on crutchfield site for this product.
    [ Thomas  Jan 04, 2019 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ Krissy  Jan 04, 2019 ]  Staff
    Can you record from the CD player straight to the tape player in the CD-A580?
    [ Eugene  Oct 12, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    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 ]
    I'm looking to convert old cassette to files I can use on my Mac. Will this machine to that?
    [ Kim  Sep 01, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    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
    can I record on both at same time?
    [ James  Aug 06, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    [ CHAD EVANS  Nov 13, 2020 ]
    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
    can I record from tape to CD? If I record to flash drive, can I then upload it to windows media player and then convert it to CD?
    [ Harold  Jul 09, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    You cannot record to CD. CD's and tapes can be recorded to USB. The USB should be able to transfer its material to a CD with the aid of a computer program. I assume you are transferring a tape to to USB, IF you are trying record a CD to USB, you can get A higher quality transfer with a good computer program.
    [ SGillum .  Mar 19, 2020 ]
    Yes. Yes and yes.
    [ Danny  May 15, 2019 ]
    You cannot record from tape to CD but you can record from tape to USB.
    [ JACQUELINE  Jul 10, 2018 ]

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