|Industrial use record/ play & play only units|
|msrp ¥220,000/ ¥170,000, MD-801RmkII: $2699|
|IN: analog: line (RCA & XLR), digital: AES/EBU & S/PDIF coax. out: analog: line (RCA & XLR), digital: AES/EBU & S/PDIF coax. Clock I/O: word sync in/thru. Control I/O: 25 pin (for RC-801), 37 pin (parallel), 9 pin (rs232), Mini Din 6 pin (PS/2 keyboard)||482x132x353mm 8kg|
Data: D-sub 9 pin rs232c, mini DIN 6-pin PS/2 (or equiv) for
remote kbd, D-sub 37 pin TTL level
digital inputs (801R only): AES/EBU XLR, SPDIF RCA.
digital outputs: AES/EBU XLR (801R only), SPDIF RCA (both).
analog inputs (801R only): XLRx2, RCAx2.
analog outputs: XLRx2, RCAx2, headphone (1/4")
Note no optical I/O!
- Fast Access: 200ms full stroke seek (5X any other MD player), avg.
100ms track start, using new high speed sled gear system (vs. lead screw).
- In case of external mechanical shock during recording, laser power is
quickly cut to protect already recorded material.
- Pitch control: +/- 9.9% in .1% steps
- Mono/Stereo recording.
- Autolocate feature finds specific points on tape (sic) quickly and
- Optional buffer memory which stores the first frames of up to 20
tracks to provide instant start.
- manual frame by frame (1/86th sec) searching and editing
(during manual positioning a "jog length" of audio is played repeatedly,
the jog length can be set from 12 to 32 frames (139-371ms) in 1 frame
- call button returns to start of recording, or other memorized location
- can memorize two points and delete between them, or insert
something between them.
- 1 to 100X highspeed playback with shuttle dial
- restore function allows you to "undo" an erase or record
operation (erasures less than 12 seconds are sometimes not
restorable). restore function can also be used to recover a disc
where the power failed in mid recording, in this case it becomes
possible to play back the disc up to the failure point.
- SCMS bits can be set/cleared during recording.
- auto cue skips to start of actual sound (based upon settable
level) and goes into pause mode.
- auto ready goes into pause mode at beginning of next track.
- play modes: repeat, single, single+repeat, a-b, a-b+repeat,
- multiple MD-801 units can be linked together via the parallel
connector to provide extended
playback or recording. Final machine can be linked back to
first to provide continuous recording or playback.
- using the serial remote a personal computer can control the
main machine (jog and well as some editing functions) and display and enter
titles. remote disc eject also possible.
- Disc editing functions also available on MD-801P.
- Discs can be ejected without
writing the TOC, restoring them to their "pre edited" state. Play only
discs can also be "edited" while in the machine, but edits cannot be
- Accumulated/remaining time display selectable for track or
- Displays date & time stamp info from disc, but does not
record it on disc.
- S/N 95dB playback, 85dB record.
- MD-801RmkII: S/N > 102dB playback, > 96dB record.
RC-801 ($1080) full function remote for on-air radio broadcast production. RC-8 ($270) Remote control of basic transport functions. BU-801 ($270) RAM Buffer.
PW-1XMD ($60) Track title dubbing cable.
RC-FS10 (special order) 10 button Flash Start controller for one touch search and play of 10 tracks.
RC-FS20 (special order) 20 button Flash Start controller for one touch search and play of 20 tracks.
Tascam introduced the MD-801RmkII, which upgrades to ATRAC 4.5.
As a rental company who have used Denon machines in the past, we have
recently been buying Tascam MD801R machines, and I must say that on
features alone they are outstanding. Time alone will answer the long
term reliability question, but the machine has been designed from the
ground up as a professional unit, with seriously good ergonomics. We
have three machines now in fairly heavy use by a number of customers
and no reported faults so far. If anyone is considering a move to
minidisc I advise them to check out this machine. -Scott
Paisley ([email protected])
User Manuals: MD-801R, Spec sheet