For a CD Recorder, I love the Tascam CDRW-900. Best feature is definitely the front-panel PS/2
keyboard jack, and the keyboard can be used for almost all remote/menu functions plus super-easy
writing of CD Text before closing a disc. As with all CD recorders, it takes some fiddling to figure
out where to set the song-cut sense level and it's not perfect with LPs due to ticks and pops in the
dead grooves. I just do the recording real-time and set the song cuts myself as they come along. I
have not come across a CDR or CDRW type that this machine won't record. As a CD player, it's just
fine. Not the greatest D-A I've ever heard but as good or better than most reasonably-priced
players. The best sounding CD player I ever had was a MicroMega (French) unit that one of my
audiophile friends gave me when the tray-eject quit working. Turns out it was a $10 belt but the
bigger problem was the Philips drive had that lube that turns to clay. Eventually, the drive died
but I still managed to get $200 ebay for it. It had a fantastic D-A circuit with a great line amp.
Interestingly, aside from the CardDeluxe card in my DAW, the next best CD player sound-wise is that
little $150 or $200 Toshiba DVD/CD/SACD player I have.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 1:53 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Multi format DVD/CD/SACD, etc Player
> At 01:32 PM 2006-12-23, Don Chichester <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>While on this subject, I have been trying (vainly) to replace my one drawer
>>CD component player. Mine seems no longer to read CD-Rs. But can I find
>>one? Tried Circuit City, Best Buy, and (cough) Radio Shack. Plent of
>>boom-boxes, but no CD players. Is this a trend???
> Yes...I noticed it several years ago before leaving the U.S. in mid-2004. It is the same here in
> Canada from the limited looking that I've done.
> What's worse, is that Sony discontinued the CDR-W33 CD writer which was one of the joys of simple
> digital conversions.
> My kids use cheap DVD players as CD players but they lack the displays and really need a TV which
> is not going to happen in the kids' rooms for a while.
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
> Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.