The new Tascam CD-400U provides professional-class XLR balanced outputs, RCA unbalanced main outputs, and a second set of RCA unbalanced outputs dedicated to the AM/FM source. An 1/8-inch auxiliary input admits audio from a variety of external sources, combining with the Bluetooth 4.2 wireless input to accept sources such as smartphones, tablets, and more. A high-quality 1/4-inch stereo headphone output enables quick and easy silent monitoring and confirmation of operation.
Once configured, a Panel Lock function can disable the panel buttons to avoid unauthorized operation or programming. A Power on Play function automatically starts playback upon power-up. These features combine to ensure tamper-proof, foolproof, automatic operation.
A standard RS-232C terminal enables external remote control. An optional IF-E100 Ethernet card will provide IP control over Ethernet in a future release. A two-line backlit LCD displays the settings for easy programming and operation.
Tascam has managed to concentrate all of these media sources, recording features, and professional connectivity in a space-saving 1U rack design with an understated black facade. Its combination of form, features, and easy, reliable operation makes the CD-400U a terrific choice for institutions, music venues, retail, schools, restaurants, and more.
Diving a bit at the specifications for media support, the CD drive supports CD, CD-R (only CD-DA format), and CD-RW, SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB), while USB flash drives must be formatted FAT16/32, up to 64 GB, which should be enough for a month worth of playlists. Support playback file formats include MPEG1/2 Audio Layer-3 (aka mp3), WAV, WMA, AAC and MPEG4 AAC-LC for the USB/SD drives. The Bluetooth 4.2 module is a class 2 device (about 10m range) with support for AAC, and Qualcomm aptX, apart from the standard codecs.