Summary: I am the current owner of 2 of these CD-A500 units and BOTH have constant issues with CD playback. Forget about using lens cleaning discs too, they almost never read, and many CDRs say "no disc" - CDRs burned recently, good CDRs too, not the budget junk, with no wear on them at all.
Summary: I've had one of these units for about 15 years I guess [late 90's?]....when I was doing FM radio [18 hours a week m-sat] it had a real workout....cd's in cd's out sampling bits of songs, etc. It's never failed and I'm listening to it as I type.
Summary: I bought this unit used, to replace one on which the CD unit had failed, door open/close issue and CD disc recognition problem(seems to be a common problem with the CD-A500). However I do like the unit because it is so easy to use and really does a fine job on CD's.
Summary: THIS ITEM . Is a cd and cassatte recorder and player combine. when I first the cds I compared it to my carver,at first I thought carver was a lot better but as I heard more of the tascam I started to relize that it sounded warmer almost turntable like.
Summary: friend was trying to find a descent cd player..being an analog person i figured.the best of both worlds..teac and tascam have been great products over the years..why stop now ? but still, not like old school sound..he likes it.that will work!!!!!!the specs..sold the unit...Dr.Dodge
I bought the CD player as a backup for the one I have.
9 October 2010
Summary: I bought an 8 year old CD-A500 Tascam player as a backup to one that I have. It was in good shape. I had the Factory service it and it is just great. Total cost was less than 1/3 the cost of a new unit.
Summary: the look is perfet and i can tell you this the cd- a500 for me is the best to have in anybody sound system i decide to buy because of the name and the price was fair to me looking to have more than one even i know they are very liable
Summary: I have purchased and installed 3 of these units. Two in church sound systems and one in my home. All of the units have had problems reading certain CDs. I get "no disk" errors or it takes a very long time to read the CD, both of which are unacceptable in a unit of this price.