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. And factory CDs that have slight wear will regularly skip, whereas all of my other CD players read them fine. Also, the pitch of the cassette deck is poorly calibrated, it's a good 2% slow.
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. The cassette side has only been used occasionally so I have no opinion on it.
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. I especially like the program mode that allows you to set up at least 20 tracks and play only those tracks after setup. Also you can set 4 seconds between tracks,which is nice.
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. The cassette is excallet when it records almost sounds as good as the cd player. this is a good item to buy if you have cds and you want a little warmer sound. great with vintage equitment .
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..
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. These CDs have been "brand new out of the box" and CDRs I've recorded. Sometimes they read sometimes they don't. I can not recommend this unit.