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Tascam BD-01U

Rack-mountable Blu-ray player with XLR connections

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Our take on the Tascam BD-01U

Tascam's BD-01U Blu-ray player works well for playing movies and music in places where there may or may not be an official sound engineer on hand. Places like schools, restaurants, hotels, or board rooms. Or take my parents' church. The modest sanctuary from my youth is now decked out with video screens, large PA speakers, and even a live band setup. But every Sunday, they still count on the next available volunteer to handle sound and video.

Professional video and music source — that anyone can use

Tascam's BD-01U Blu-ray player works well for playing movies and music in places where there may or may not be an official sound engineer on hand. Places like schools, restaurants, hotels, or board rooms. Or take my parents' church. The modest sanctuary from my youth is now decked out with video screens, large PA speakers, and even a live band setup. But every Sunday, they still count on the next available volunteer to handle sound and video.

Easy controls over music and movies

This heavy-duty player looks and feels reliable. You can pop in a Blu-ray, DVD, or CD and feel confident it will play as expected — important when you're presenting movies, slides, or music to a group or crowd. There's even a front-panel USB port for music or slideshows stored on a thumb drive.

There are several video and audio playback modes that are handy for both live performances and rehearsals. For example, you can "repeat" a music track or play a movie “frame-by-frame” at the tap of a button. And once you've mastered the remote or front-panel controls, it shouldn't take long to explain them to anybody else who needs to use this player in a pinch. 

Built to fit in with your gear

The Tascam BD-01U slides into a single rack space of an A/V cabinet, and it includes the hardware you need to mount it. There's an array of outputs for connecting to pro and consumer gear. You can send a crisp 1080p picture to your receiver, projector, or HDTV via HDMI. This player supports Dolby® and DTS® surround sound formats.

Tascam BD-01U

You'll find plenty of connection options on the back of the Tascam BD-01U Blu-ray player.

Digital and analog audio ouputs include balanced XLR outputs — hard to find on a Blu-ray player these days. 

Product Highlights:

  • fits into a single rack space for pro and commercial use
  • rugged, durable construction with sturdy disc drive
  • special video and audio playback features are ideal for live performance or studio use
    • includes "Instant Replay," "Frame by Frame playback," and "Repeat"
  • easy-to-use front-panel controls
  • front-panel USB input lets you play music or photo slide shows from a thumb drive
    • supported formats: JPEG, MP3, WMA, WAV
  • dimmable front-panel display can be toggled on and off
  • front-panel controls can be turned off to prevent you from accidentally operating the player
  • BD-Live and BonusView support for added bonus features with compatible discs (requires external USB storage device)
  • remote control
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Connections (Back Panel):
  • HDMI output
    • HDMI version 1.4a for Deep Color, x.v.Color, and HDMI-CEC control
  • optical and coaxial digital audio outputs
  • 1 pair of balanced stereo XLR audio outputs
  • 1 pair of unbalanced stereo RCA audio outputs
  • RS-232C port for automated control systems
  • Ethernet port for external network control and BD-Live
Technical Specs and Other Info:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 90 dB
  • rack mountable (1U rack space)
    • rack ears installed
    • 4 rack screws and 4 rubber washers included
  • 19-1/16"W x 1-3/4"H x 10-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Blu-ray player (with integrated rack-mount ears)
  • Remote control (RC-BD001U)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 4 Screws
  • 4 Washers
  • Owner's Manual

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD No
3D Capable No
Internet Movie Streaming No
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified No
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 1080p
Multibrand Remote No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output Yes
Digital Coaxial Output Yes
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.4
Ethernet Ports Yes
Analog Audio Outputs Yes
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port Yes

Product Research

Disc & USB Playback
Video Section
Audio Section
Remote Control
Convenience Features

Disc & USB Playback

Disc Compatibility: The Tascam BD-01U Blu-ray player supports playback of BD-video, BD-R/RE, DVD-video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs.

USB-A 2.0 Port: The Tascam BD-01U is equipped with a USB (type-A) 2.0 port for playback of MP3/WMA/WAV music files and JPEG photo files recorded on to a USB MSC (mass storage class) device like a USB thumbdrive. Your USB MSC device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32 (not compatible with NTFS).

AVCHD Playback: The BD-01U supports playback of AVCHD format files recorded on a DVD-R/RW disc or SD card with card reader (there is not built-in SD-card slot). AVCHD is a high definition video camcorder format, so you can playback your high definition personal videos in HD quality.

Compatible File Specifications: The Tascam BD-01U can recognize up to 999 folders and 9,999 files via Blu-ray, DVD, or USB. It can recognize up to 255 folders and 999 files via CD. Compatible music and photo files include -

  • CD Audio (WAV):
    • Sampling Frequency: 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48k, 64, 88.2, or 96 kHz
    • Bit-Depth: 8, 16, or 24-bit
    • Sampling Frequency: 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48k, 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, or 192 kHz
    • Bit-Depth: 8, 16, or 24-bit
  • MP3:
    • Sampling Frequency: 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz
    • Bit-Rate: 112-320 kbps
  • WMA:
    • Sampling Frequency: 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz
    • Bit-Rate: 48-192 kbps
  • JPEG:
    • Max Resolution: 4096 x 4096 (sub sampling 4:4:4), 5120 x 5120 (sub sampling 4:2:2 or 4:2:0)
    • File Size: 12 MB

Video Section

HDMI Output: The Tascam BD-01U Blu-ray player is equipped with an HDMI 1.4 output for a single digital audio/video connection to your TV, projector screen, or AV receiver. The HDMI output supports 480p, 720, 1080i, and 1080p video.

Note: There is no analog video output.

1080p Upscaling: You current DVD disc collection will look even better than before thanks to video upscaling. Upscaling will increase the resolution of standard definition DVD to high definition up to 1080p over an HDMI connection. The video image will be less jagged and more realist for a near high definition experience.

1080p/24p Output (Blu-ray Disc only): The player is equipped with a feature which can provide smooth movement during playback of film originated material with the frame rate of 24 frames per second with progressive.

Deep Color: The Blu-ray player offers support for HDMI Deep Color technology. Deep Color reduces color banding effects of the playback image.

x.v.Color: This units supports playback of video contents on discs recorded with x.v.Color technology. To watch this video content with the x.v.Color space, a TV or other display device supporting both vide image reproduction using x.v.Color standard and capability of manual switching of its color space setting is required.

Super Resolution: Super Resolution reduces image deterioration when outputting low-resolution images in high resolution.

Noise Reduction: This feature reduces the noise of the playback picture.

Bonus View (PiP): Some Blu-ray discs have a Bonus View or PiP function which enables you to display the secondary video of the disc within the primary video screen. You can call up the secondary video whenever the scene contains a secondary video.

Audio Section

7.1ch Surround Sound: The Tascam BD-01U's HDMI output will support up to 7.1ch audio - including 7.1ch PCM, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD.

Optical & Coaxial Digital Outputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the BD-01U is equipped with a optical (toslink) & coaxial (RCA) digital output. These digital outputs will support 5.1ch PCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS.

Balanced & Unbalanced Analog Outputs: The BD-01U is also equipped with balanced XLR & unbalanced RCA analog outputs.  The analog outputs can be attenuated up to -12dB.

Audio Specifications:

  • BD Linear Audio: 4 Hz to 88 kHz (192kHz)
  • DVD Linear Audio: 4 Hz to 44 kHz (96 kHz), 4 Hz - 22kHz (48 kHz)
  • CD Audio: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (44.1 kHz)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-1.0 dB)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 90 dB
  • Audio Dynamic Range: 90 dB
  • THD (Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.01 % (1 kHz)
  • Channel Separation: 90 dB

Remote Control

Remote Control: The Tascam BD-01U includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the Blu-ray player - including Power On/Off, Disc Open/Close, and Playback functions.

One Touch Play via HDMI CEC: With One Touch Play, your TV will automatically turn on and switch to the appropriate input source signal when you hit the play button on the Blu-ray player's remote control. HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) allows integrate system control over HDMI and is part of the HDMI standard. This function may not work properly on some devices.

Optional External Controller: The Tascam BD-01U is operable with an external controller, such as a PC, using an RS-232C cable or LAN cable thanks to the players RS-232C port and RJ-45 port.

Convenience Features

Network Connection: The Tascam BD-01U Blu-ray player is outfitted with a Ethernet (RJ-45) jack for connection to your home network and the internet. This network connection only provides access to BD-Live and support for a network external controller (no other network or internet content).

Note: There is no built-in WiFi.

BD-Live: BD-Live allows interactive functions to be used when the player is connected to the Internet. The various functions differ depending on the disc.

Unit Lock: The player can be locked to disable specified operations from the remote control and the front-panel.

Parental Control: The Parental Rating control allows you to set a limit, which prevents your children from viewing inappropriate materials. Playback will be stopped if the rating exceeds the level you set and it will require you to enter a 4-digit pass-code before playback back the disc.

OSD & Front-Panel Display: An on-screen display (via HDMI) provides setup and menu adjustments. The unit's front-panel display offers two brightness levels.  

Pop-Up Menu: Some Blu-ray discs have a pop-up menu which is a navigation men that can be called up and be operated on your connected TV screen without interrupting playback.

Rack-Mountable: The Tascam BD-01U features integrated rack-mount ears and comes with mounting hardware which allows it to fit in a 1U rack space.

Attached Power Cord: The BD-01U is outfitted with an attached 6' AC power cord (two-prong).

Firmware Updates: You can update the firmware/software of the player via disc or USB. Prepare a software update for download to a disc or USB flash drive from the TEAC website.

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