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Great FM reception
We love a piece of gear that does multiple things well. The Tascam CD-400U offers pristine playback of all types of CDs, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There's also a slot for an SD/SDHC card, and a USB port for plugging in a music-laden flash drive.
But wait, there's more: you can plug in a mobile device via the front 3.5mm jack, or stream wirelessly via Bluetooth. Love your local radio stations? There's even an AM/FM tuner.
You're in complete control of this versatile machine: the buttons and knobs on the front panel offer maximum tweaky control over each of the CD-400U's many functions. There's a dedicated wireless remote control included, so you can do it all from the comfort of your favorite chair, too. A 9-pin female RS-232C port lets you integrate this player with PC-based control systems.
On the back panel, you'll find an unbalanced stereo RCA output alongside a balanced stereo XLR pair for making low-noise connections to your other studio gear. There's another stereo RCA dedicated to the tuner's output, and connections for the included AM/FM antennas.
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Great FM reception
Overview: The Tascam CD-400U is a versatile professional media player in a compact low-profile design that's the perfect option for educational institutions, music venues, retail stores, restaurants, and more. It features playback of CDs, Bluetooth audio streaming, SD/SDHC, USB, AM/FM from its built-in tuner, and has an 1/8" stereo Auxiliary input on the front panel for playback from portable devices. It can also record the CD or Tuner source to an SD/SDHC card or to a USB media storage device. Other key features include a panel lock option, which disables the front panel controls, automatic playback on power up, and a front panel headphone output for silent monitoring.
CD: The CD-400U's CD drive, accessed from the front panel, can playback commercially available CDs as well as CD-R and CD-RW disks, recorded in the audio CD format. It can also play MP3 and WMA files, recorded using ISO 9660 (Level 1, level 2, or Joliet), on CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-ROM disks. The front panel controls feature standard disk playback functions such as Play, Stop, Pause, FFWD, REW, and includes a Multi Jog wheel that doubles as the Track Skip and Previous Track functions. The range of tracks that can be selected for playback is called the Playback Area. For Audio CDs, the Playback Area will be the whole disk. For media with MP3 or WMA files, all files can be played or just the files on the currently selected Folder. Tracks on disks can also be accessed by the front panel number buttons (1-10), underneath the disk slot, or from the included wireless remote control. The front panel number buttons double-up for accessing certain functions, such as Play Mode, Repeat, etc., when pressed in conjunction with the Shift button. When listening to MP3 or WMA files on a disk, Folders and Files within Folders are accessed using the Multi Jog wheel. A Skip Mode lets you specify tracks within a Folder that will be skipped over during playback. Playback modes for disks include the following:
SD/USB: The CD-400U includes front panel slots for both SD cards and USB flash drives. These can be used for both playback as well as to record, or Dub, from the built-in AM/FM tuner or CD drive. Playback controls for the SD and USB sources are the same as the previously mentioned CD functions. Compatible cards include: SD (512 MB - 2 GB), SDHC (4GB - 32GB), and USB flash drives (512MB - 64GB), all requiring FAT 16/32 formatting. Compatible file formats include:
Power-On-Play: The CD-400U includes a Power-On-Play feature that lets you select a source (CD, USB, or SD) and program a select track to start playing when the unit is powered on again. When used with a commercially available timer (sold separately), the unit can be set to power on and start playing at a specified time.
Resume: This function, when activated, lets the unit resume playback from the point it was last stopped (CD, USB, SD).
Time and Text Information: Repeatedly pressing the Display button on the front panel, or the Display/RDS/Info button on the remote control, will cycle through the types of information that can be displayed on the front panel 2 line LCD, depending on the source:
Dubbing: Audio CDs and AM/FM broadcasts can be dubbed (copied) to either the USB or SD card slot. Pressing the DUB button on the front panel lets you use the Multi Jog dial to choose the playback and destination sources. The audio output can be muted during dubbing, if desired, and all other front panel and remote control functions become disabled while dubbing. The following file formats can be used for dubbing:
|File Format (set when dubbing)||SD/SDHC card or USB flash drive capacity|
|MP3 (Stereo)||96 kbps||44.1 kHz||Approx. 92 Hrs.||Approx. 185 Hrs.||Approx. 370 Hrs.||Approx. 740 Hrs.||Approx. 1481 Hrs.|
|128 kbps||44.1 kHz||Approx. 69 Hrs.||Approx. 138 Hrs.||Approx. 277 Hrs.||Approx. 555 Hrs.||Approx. 1111 Hrs.|
|192 kbps||44.1 kHz||Approx. 46 Hrs.||Approx. 92 Hrs.||Approx. 185 Hrs.||Approx. 370 Hrs.||Approx. 740 Hrs.|
|320 kbps||44.1 kHz||Approx. 27 Hrs||Approx. 55 Hrs.||Approx. 111 Hrs.||Approx. 222 Hrs.||Approx. 444 Hrs.|
Bluetooth: The CD-400U includes built-in Bluetooth technology (V4.2) for streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled playback device. It supports A2DP (SBC, AAC, and Qualcomm aptX) and AVRCP (1.0). After pairing a Bluetooth playback device to the player, it can be selected as a source for playback. If the device supports AVRCP, the following front panel and remote controls can be used: Play, Stop, Pause, Multi Jog track select, FFWD and REW.
AM/FM Tuner: Tuning in AM and FM stations can be done on the front panel by turning the Multi Jog dial forward or backwards, changing the frequency in one step increments. Pressing either of the front panel Fast double-arrow keys (left or right), or double arrows on the remote, will allow the unit to automatically search for the next available station. Both AM and FM stations can be saved as presets with 20 memory slots available for each. Presets can be set manually or automatically, where the unit will scan and store the first 20 stations it finds. FM reception can be set for either Mono or Stereo.
Auxiliary Input: A front panel 1/8" auxiliary jack is provided for playback from a portable audio device such as a smartphone, tablet, or MP3 player.
Headphones: The unit's front panel also includes a 1/4" headphone output with its own volume control.
RS-232C: The CD-400U includes a 9-pin, D-sub RS-232C port for serial control from a computer or external controlling device. A complete RS-232C command protocol list can be downloaded from the TEAC Global web site.
Rear Panel: The player's rear panel includes the following ports:
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