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Tascam CD-RW900SX Professional CD recorder/player

Item # 850CDRW9SX

A rack-mountable CD recorder/player with tons of built-in features that make it shine in a professional setting.

A rack-mountable CD recorder/player with tons of built-in features that make it shine in a professional setting.

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Item # 850CDRW9SX

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About the Tascam CD-RW900SX

Eric A.

A professional CD recorder/player

The Tascam CD-RW900SX is a rack-mountable CD recorder/player with tons of built-in features that make it shine in a professional setting. For instance, there's a digital input level control as well as independent left and right analog trim controls for setting optimal recording levels. A high-performance processor is used for analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion for clean, clear sound quality with wide frequency response and dynamic range.

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A professional CD recorder/player

The Tascam CD-RW900SX is a rack-mountable CD recorder/player with tons of built-in features that make it shine in a professional setting. For instance, there's a digital input level control as well as independent left and right analog trim controls for setting optimal recording levels. A high-performance processor is used for analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion for clean, clear sound quality with wide frequency response and dynamic range.

The unit's well-made slot-loading transport ensures reliable, long-term operation for demanding commercial installations. 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.

Flexible and easy to use

Analog plus optical and coaxial digital audio inputs and outputs let you make easy connections to a recording console. A built-in pitch control lets you adjust pitch (speed) during playback — great for musicians, dancers, and fitness instructors. For monitoring or private listening, the CD-RW900SX includes a full sized 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel with a volume control. And the included remote has number keys for quick access to a specific track.


Product highlights:

  • supported recordable disc types: CD-R and CD-RW discs at 44.1kHz/16-bit stereo
  • plays pre-recorded CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs in CD-DA (CD digital audio) format
  • plays MP3 CDs recorded in ISO9660 Level 1/2 Joliet format on CD-R and CD-RW
  • 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)
  • stable slot-loading transport
  • high-performance A-to-D and D-to-A conversion processor 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
  • ±16% pitch control playback function
  • 4-second RAM memory buffer prevents skipping during playback due to vibration
  • suite of track division functions let you customize recording features
  • multiple disc playback options: continuous play, random play, program play, and more
  • remote control included
  • rack mounting screws provided
  • unbalanced stereo RCA analog line input and output
  • optical (Toslink) digital audio input and output
  • coaxial S/PDIF digital audio inputs and output
  • input for optional P/S2 keyboard (mini DIN 6-pin)
  • 1/4" stereo headphone output with volume control on front panel
Performance specs:
  • 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
Dimensions and warranty:
  • 19"W x 3-11/16"H x 13-3/4"D (2U rack space)
  • weight: 9.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts (90 days disc drive), 90 days labor
  • MFR # CD-RW900SX

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

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More details on the Tascam CD-RW900SX

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CD Recorder: The Teac CD-RW900SX is a professional CD recorder with analog and digital inputs/outputs for recording of your external audio sources.

CD Transport: The new Teac transport was designed for audio use; not a re-packaged computer drive. The slot-loading transport 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: A high-quality DAC is used for AD/DA conversion for clean, clear sound quality with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.8dB for playback, ±1.0dB for recording).

Disc Compatibility: The following disc type can be played back by the Teac CD-RW900SX.

  • Commercial pre-recorded CDs recorded in CD-DA format (44.1kHz, 16-bit)
  • CD-R and CD-RW discs 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 Joliet format on CD-R and CD-RW disc, and properly finalized.
Note: The CD-RW900SX 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-R900SX 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-RW900SX 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-RW900SX makes an excellent CD player. Common functions include Continuous Playback and Single-Track Playback along with the following:

  • Direct Search: Lets you start playback from a specified point in a specified track. You can even specifiy the number of minutes into the track where playback will begin (minutes and seconds).
  • 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-RW900SX to play the loaded disc automatically when the unit is turned on by the time.

Track Division Functions: The CD-RW900SX offers a variety of track division functions to make recording simpler.

  • Automatic Track Division:
    • DD (Digital Direct): When recording digitally, the recorder detects a track boundry and divides the audio appropriately.
    • Level: 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.

Recording Levels: Two Input control dials on the front panel let you adjust the recording level of analog source signals. Digital audio recording levels can be set in the menu system letting you adjust the input volume between -54dB and +18dB with Infinity completely cutting out the signal.

Frequency Conversion (SRC): The CD-RW900SX always records and playsback digital signals at a 44.1kHz sampling frequency. If the digital source being recorded has a frequency other than 44.1kHz, or is being played back at a non-standard speed, the CD recorder's Sampling Rate Converter (SRC) will automatically convert the incoming signal to 44.1kHz.

Rec-Mute: The Rec-Mute function allows the input signal to be instantly cut off, recording 4 seconds of silence.

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.

Note: The PS/2 port is an older protocol that will require a USB to PS/2 adapter (sold separately) when using a newer USB keyboard.

Force Eject: An emergency Force Eject button is provided on the front panel, letting you eject a stuck disk in the event of a malfunction.

Wireless Remote Control: The Teach CD-RW900SX 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-RW900SX 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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7 questions already asked

What is the width without rack mount ears?
donald  Feb 09, 2024
1 answer
Greetings Donald. Thank you for your question. Width without the rack mount ears is 17.126 inches.
hogan  Feb 09, 2024 (Staff)
What is the manufacturer date?
ronald  Dec 22, 2023
1 answer
We cannot confirm the exact manufacturing date for each individual product, Ron. This most recent variant of the Tascam CD recorder (CD-RW900SX) was released on 8/22/2022. I hope this helps!
bo  Dec 22, 2023 (Staff)
What I need is a unit that records from one disc to another disc by selection. There is only one visible cd outlet in this machine. How can it record from cd to cd by selection?
michael  Dec 18, 2023
1 answer
This unit does not have CD to CD dubbing capability Michael, as it only has a single CD slot. You can accomplish your goals by adding any CD player to the analog inputs to provide the capability of selecting certain songs from the external CD player and recording into the Tascam CD-rw900SX. You could also decide to run dual Tascam's in your rack or AV stack or save a little by choosing a CD player like the Yamaha CD-S303 in the link below for your playback source to record into the Tascam.
bo  Dec 19, 2023 (Staff)
Can this unit record on Music CD-R disks? If so, can those disks then be played on a CD player?
edward  Jun 27, 2023
1 answer
The Tascam CD-RW900SX can, Edward. This unit can burn a music format disc, or a data formatted disc and once finalized you can play on a standard CD player. Not all players are capable of playing a burned disk, but most have no problems. This Tascam is a studio-quality unit and is designed to provide years of use!
bo  Jun 27, 2023 (Staff)
Has anyone experienced damaged (scratched and scuffed) CD's with this slot loading transport?
antonio j  Mar 22, 2023
7 answers
I haven't. I have always handled disc carefully loading and unloading. So far I haven't.
victor e  Mar 25, 2023
juan  Mar 25, 2023
Thank you for the responses. Appreciate the help.
antonio j  Mar 24, 2023
No,not at all!
james  Mar 24, 2023
I have not experienced any problems with this piece of equipment. It has performed well, playing cd's as well as recording from several external sources. I wish it would be a dual record/ player unit!
richard m  Mar 23, 2023
Hi Antonio I have never had this problem. Maybe your's is defective? Bruce Enter
bruce  Mar 23, 2023
In my six weeks of ownership, I have not seen this problem.
carter  Mar 23, 2023
Does it have a 5 disc capacity?
welford  Feb 11, 2023
1 answer
The Tascam CD-RW900SX does not, Welford. This CD recorder/player has a single tray for single-disk use only. If you need a high-quality CD burning solution it is harder and harder to find solid options. The Tascam is a clear winner!
bo  Feb 11, 2023 (Staff)
Can the rack mounting "ears" be removed or are they welded to the cover?
andrew  Jan 16, 2023
1 answer
The rack ears are screwed in and can be removed.
arielle  Jan 16, 2023 (Staff)

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