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The Sony Walkman


The Sony Walkman
For 20 years after its introduction in 1979, the Walkman dominated the personal stereo market. The first Walkman (TPS-L2) had two mini headphone jacks that enabled two people to simultaneously listen to it through Sony’s new lightweight 50-gram (1.8-ounce) MDR-3L2 headphones.

The blue and silver metal-cased unit measured 88 x 133.5 x 29mm (3.5 x 5.25 x 1.15in), weighed only 391 grams (13.8 ounces) and was powered by two AA batteries, making it light, compact and easily portable. It could also be powered by a 3v DC adaptor (which wasn’t supplied with the Walkman). It contained a stereo tape head that played standard compact audiocassette tapes at a frequency response rate of 40Hz-12kHz. 300 to 500 different Walkman models have been produced that have since included new media formats like MiniDiscs and CDs, but it was only in 2010 that the cassette-based Walkman ceased production in Japan. New rivals like the introduction of Apple’s iPod digital music player in 2001 and the increasing sophistication of mobile phones helped put the Walkman brand in the shade.

The Sony Walkman