Pioneer PD-R509 CD Recorders/Players

3.87/5 (54 Reviews) MSRP : $620.00


Product Description

CD, CD-R, CD-RW Player/Recorder. Terminals: Line Input x 1 Line Output x 1 Coaxial Input terminal x 1 Coaxial Output terminal x 1 Optical Input Terminal x 1 Optical Output Terminal x 1 Headphone Output w/ Volume Control


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Playback quality is fantastic., Highly detailed and involving however can sound a little cold somtimes blew my Denon DCD 685 out of the water however my Marantz CD67 MKII sounded fuller. Make sure you dont use bright sounding equipment with this CD Player as you might be a little bit overwhelmed by the slighlty splashy treble. The detail is amasing very impressed however it can sound confused on times

Recording is true to source and recording from vinyl gives the recording a bit more oomph. The auto track doesent work that well on Vinyl so be warned.

This player is very much you give what you get.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by brose0226 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2008

Bottom Line:   
My computer has a Digital Optical Output, which I have connected to my 5.1 home theater receiver. Sounds GREAT!
I bought this recorder to record some of the things comming over the internet, that sound so good through my 5.1 home theater system. So,after seeing all of the rave reviews "...just connect a good toslink..." , and you should be able to record almost anything, I found a nice one on ebay, and bought it. I read the booklet that came with it, and easily connected it up within munites. So I should be good to go. Right? Oh, no... As soon as the toslink was connected to the computer's digital output, I got a message from the recorder, which said "Cannot Rec". Cannot record?! I hadn't even started playing anything yet, I had just connected it up. I checked the connections to make sure I had everything connected properly. Yes, one end of the 1st toslink was secure in the computer's output, and the other end was connected snugly into the Pioneer's optical input. The 2nd toslink went from the Pioneer's optical output directly into my 5.1 receiver's optical input. Everything was perfect - except for that message. Maybe it would recognize the connection when I got some audio going through the system. . I started streaming some internet audio. The audio came right through the receiver into my speakers, and sounded as great as ever, so I knew everything was connected correctly, since the sound had to travel through the Pioneer recorder before it ever got to my receiver. Great. Maybe I could record now..... Nope. It just kept up scrolling its little message "Can Not Rec.... Can Not Rec..Can Not Rec" . I then realized that this highly touted box would not do what I expected it to do. It did not matter what audio was comming from my computer's optical output, or if NO audio was comming out. The Pioneer 509 would simply NOT recognize the optical output from my computer.PERIOD. Yes, I found that if I used the tiny analog Audio Out plug on the back of my computer and connected it to the analog Line In on the Pioneer, it would let me record. But it sounded like what it was. An absolutely sh*tty sounding analog recording. Garbage in, garbage out. Kind of defeats the purpose of buying an expensive digital optical sound card for the computer, and a CD recorder with a Digital Optical Input and Output, doesn't it??!!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by deside a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Simple and simply perfect in over 3 years of use.I use a rega planet run analog with silver vampires.To record run a good toslink to 509 and never a problem.If you can find a good used one snap it up!A minor drawback fot those of you with less than 4 minutes of patience, no high speed dubs.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   best buy



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by robjr a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This was the first Pioneer product I had ever bought and after seeing an ad for it and doing some research, I decided to purchase the PDR-509. I have had this cd recorder since it first appeared on shelves and all I can say is that it is one great product. Having both coax and optical inputs is a great plus and I recommend using the coax if you can. CD reproductions are flawless, with tracks input automatically even on discs where songs fade into another song. The analog recordings i've done have been steller as well, especially when recording dvd concerts. Plugging a cd changers digital cables into this recorder with your tracks already programmed in will leave you with free time on your hands while your compilation of tracks is recorded. When in auto mode, the cd recorder will halt during stopped playback and continue when a digital track is played. I also like the fade in and fade out functions on this unit, which helps alot when recording live tracks and helps eliminate the dead stop ending of live recordings. You can adjust the recording levels on both digital and analog recordings, but the digital mode is alot less forgiving if you go to far over the set peak level. It's too bad that this unit cant have a set recording level for all tracks, giving recordings the same level throughout the disc. As others have stated, some discs actually sound better than the originals and some of that may have to do with the type of blank discs used. I've had success with Maxell, Memorex, and Sony blank discs, with Maxell being the brand i've used the most. One last thing on analog recordings.....once you've completed your copy, you are now free to make a digital copy from your analog disc, giving you a great digital copy! I paid top dollar for this unit at the time it came out and if you can find one at a cheap price and in good shape, then I highly recommend this unit to you. You wont be sorry!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by propheticmusic a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Well at first I loved this thing. I read the intire manual and used almost every feature on the darn thing. I never have any problems. Only one minor thing that frusterates me though.........I have looked all over for blank media, and I have never seen any that say "for consumer use" on them. Did they stop making these or what I had some when I first got the thing but several years later I cant seem to find any CDs that will work with it. I found some that work, but they dont have that exact icon on them.......Maybe if someone could tell me what other recording CDs I could use, I could get my money's worth
(would be very appreciated)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile




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