Professional CD recorder/player
Our take on the Tascam CD-RW900MKII by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
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.
- 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
What's in the Box:
- CD recorder
- 6.5' AC power cord
- Remote control
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- 2 Rack ears (installed)
- 4 Screws
- 4 Washers
- Owner's Manual
It's perfect for my needs easy to use with a very good price
david, Indianapolis, IN
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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.
Disc/Track Titles: You can use the Text Edit option to provide titles to your recorded discs and tracks. A PC-compatible keyboard can be connected to the unit's PS/2 interface on the front panel to make it easier to input titles.
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.
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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Why did you buy this?
quality [ Reginald Jul 27, 2018 ]
Brand and sale price. [ TIMOTHY May 13, 2018 ]
This is the best CD recorder for the money.Always had good service from you and you are awesome. Thanx, ABBEY [ David Apr 19, 2018 ]
This is the only one CD Recorder on the market that is decent quality/price. too bad Sony, Denon, Panasonic, Philips etc are not manufacturing CD Recorders. [ Doru Mar 04, 2018 ]
recommendation from a close friend. [ C Jul 19, 2017 ]
My Pioneer model that I used for years finally died. It was not worth fixing. Home cd recorders seem to be becoming scarce. Lastly, the reviews for this unit were overwhelmingly positive. Crutchfield has an excellent reputation. [ Roger L. Apr 08, 2017 ]
I have had 2 consumer recorders wear out on me over the years. I'm hoping a pro level recorder will last longer as well as having more recording options is a plus too.. [ Jeff Feb 15, 2017 ]
On the reputation of the manufacturer. And also the quality of their products. [ MURIEL Feb 07, 2017 ]
I've had a variety of TASCAM recorders over the years and the quality is consistently reliable. [ Matthew Feb 05, 2017 ]
Need for church [ James Feb 01, 2017 ]
Because I want to record my albums to CD's [ Adele Dec 30, 2016 ]
Like the product. [ Dean Nov 10, 2016 ]
I've a good luck with TEAC products (reel-to-reels, cassette players, and turn tables). [ Stevenwithoutbass Oct 27, 2016 ]
great rating and past experience [ Tammy Oct 10, 2016 ]
quality and price [ peter Sep 20, 2016 ]
Eighteen FIVE STAR reviews [100%] and has the features I wanted to continue to transfer my large collection of LP's and 78 rpms. The JVC I used for twelve years? died after faithful service. I bought the JVC from Cruchfield also. [ WILLIAM Aug 15, 2016 ]
I love music and buy CD's when traveling I like to have a mix of music onto one CD which this system will permit me to do so. I had a pioneer for many years which no longer functions and this item is the closes I could find. I searched for reviews and was satisfied with response of quality and ease of use. [ candida Jul 29, 2016 ]
even though i don't buy crutchfield products on a regular basis, i have always been 100% satisfied when i do. the experience is always easy and comfortable and they always seem to have what i need when the time comes [ robert Jul 16, 2016 ]
I wanted the top of the line in recording equipment. [ Richard May 05, 2016 ]
has best reviews i read and thats important in buying--great place for top quality products... [ fred Apr 29, 2016 ]
Liked comments about the product, it seems applicable to my application [ James M. Feb 08, 2016 ]
Recommended by a friend. [ Franklin Jan 19, 2016 ]
wanted to record LP's I've had in storage for @20 years plus record some of my aging cassette music tapes...Hope it all works OK. [ Derek Jan 05, 2016 ]
Because it has a 'record' function making it possible to copy my rare records to cd. [ Douglas H. Dec 06, 2015 ]
The positive reviews. [ Garth Dec 03, 2015 ]
8 questions already asked
I have not tried to record music from a pre-recorded CD, as I bought the unit to record from phonograph records and audio cassette tapes onto CD's. One thought: go to Crutchfield's product page for this unit and read/print and study the instruction manual. I just scanned the manual prior to writing this. Some of the "messages" listed on p. 32 suggest some restrictions in certain recording situations. If you can't do what you want directly, there are several workarounds. 1. Record your CD on your Apple iTunes program and make an MP3 recording at the slowest recording speed. Not ideal but it works well. I've done it in the past with very good results. 2. Record your source CD onto an audiotape or audio cassette and feed the audio signal into the CD burner. If you're only purchasing the unit to pirate CD's, I just don't have the expertise to give you a yes or no. However, if your purchase strategy is to buy a very fine CD player/recorder that gives you a great deal of flexibility, and re-recording CD's is only one of the things you want to do, you are looking at a fine piece of equipment. I love mine. I've found that very few audio devices that I've owned over the years do everything perfectly. Excellent performance overall is a good compromise if you can live with it, and this unit's performance is excellent for everything I use it for. Good luck! [ FRED Apr 25, 2018 ]
I have been able to. [ JACK Apr 15, 2018 ]
Set input to analog, records in most cases (not all) [ JOHN Apr 14, 2018 ]
I Haven't experienced any problems so far. I've only used CD'S a few times. Mostly I record from vinyl. Results are awesome. [ CARL Apr 14, 2018 ]
I have not tried to record from a prerecorded CD I only use it for live recording. [ RICHARD Apr 14, 2018 ]
The Tascam CD-RW900MKII is a CD Recorder not a CD Copier. [ Thomas Apr 14, 2018 ]
If the disc is copy protected I would say it cannot be recorded. Someone with more knowledge will most likely may have some suggestions. [ MURIEL Apr 16, 2018 ]
do not know. have not tried this. [ Paul Apr 15, 2018 ]
i never had a problem recording bought in store/prerecorded CDs from my Marantz deck into this Tascam. I'm recording some stuff for my wife to listen to, everything goes thru fine. Good luck. [ VERNON S Apr 15, 2018 ]
The Tascam CD-RW900MKII does not use the serial copy management system because this CD recorder is a professional recorder, not a consumer recorder. In addition, you can use the less expensive non-music blank CDRs. [ MARK Apr 14, 2018 ]
I've used it a lot without any error issues...serial copy management has not been a problem with my useage. No Finalizing problems either. [ Thomas Apr 14, 2018 ]
Because of copyright management, you can't record a whole pre-recorded CD from the manufacturer, or record one which you made. I had a Sony CD player and recorder. It had 2 CD slots. I could record tracks from the store bought CD to the blank CD. But, after I recorded to the blank CD, I could not use the recorded CD to burn to another blank CD. I guess Sony says, we will let you make a CD. But, after you make it, we won't let you burn it to another blank CD. [ Gregory Apr 14, 2018 ]
Sorry, can't help as I've never tried to do this. [ GREGORY Apr 14, 2018 ]
No the recorder will not record video [ John Apr 03, 2018 ]
This unit only has 1 CD tray so it will not record tracks from another CD. I tried to hook it up to my system to record from my CD player but could not figure it out. I returned this item and bought a Sony CD-R that had a separate tray for the blank CD-R. [ WILLIAM Jul 10, 2017 ]
Hello , yes this will record analog and digital signals from your audio equipment to use in your car ! You can also put markers between songs so you can jump to your faves !! [ JOHN Jul 10, 2017 ]
yes. Record from any source, finalize the CD and it will play on any CD player, including your car [ Milton Bays Jul 10, 2017 ]
yes, you can choose between analog, digital or optical inputs... you will not be able to tell copy from original.. [ glenn Jul 09, 2017 ]
yup, thats what i use it for ... i record a show on sirius deep tracks that airs in the evenings and listen to it @ some future time while i am on the road ...you can record anything .... is very versatile as far as inputs go... analog, digital and optical.... sound quatliy/fidelity excellant... well made and looks good ..easy to use ... [ glenn Jul 09, 2017 ]
i was wrong they are removable with 2 phillis head screws... sorry about that !! [ glenn Jul 09, 2017 ]
no [ glenn Jul 09, 2017 ]
My initial answer was no, but I see that they can be removed. [ Charles Jarman Apr 01, 2017 ]
No [ Charles Jarman Apr 01, 2017 ]
Yes, they simply unscrew. I removed them on mine. [ Richard Mar 30, 2017 ]
Hey Bruce , the ears are easily removed and are held on with 2 phillips head screws on each side ! [ JOHN Mar 29, 2017 ]
Yes, there are two screws on each side to remove the rack ears. [ DAVID J Mar 29, 2017 ]
Yes Kathy, you can record your voice on a cd. You'd have to get good microphone in order to do it and, you'll need a very good cd burner. [ ANTHONY J Feb 16, 2017 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: It can as long as either your turntable has a built in phono preamp or if it does not have this, then you get one to put in between the recorder and your turntable. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Aug 17, 2015 ] Staff
No. [ Gregory Apr 14, 2018 ]
I like it very much works just the way we need for are blues band thanks if you deal in live sound. [ CHARLES Feb 12, 2015 ]
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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