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I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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As an example of the extent of the problem of fake goods online...In a recent survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold by Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

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Sunday
Nov222015

The Smallest Discman ever made - is a modern-day health and safety nightmare

I'm working on a number of camera tests at the moment, but the dark evenings and unrelentingly rainy days have delayed those reviews. Therefore in the meantime, here's a short retro-tech video featuring the smallest Sony Discman ever made.

I loved the tech world of the 1980s where you never knew what the next crazy gadget would be. It seemed like anything and everything was possible. One way to charge a premium for your gadget and make it more desireable was to stake a claim on it being the 'Smallest'.

Sony had the smallest Walkman - the WM10, and with the D-88 Discman they could claim to have the smallest portable CD player too. Once you've added on the bulky battery pack, and taken into account the fact that you easily play a CD album in it whilst on the go, being smallest isn't necessarily the big advantage that it first seems, but this is what makes this machine a highly sought after collectable nowadays. 

When it comes to collectables. no one is interested in collecting the old mid-range, mass-market, reliable and sensible products. The prized electronics are almost always the crazy devices, the failures, the expensive high-end or short lived experiments. The Sony D-88 ticks most if not all of these boxes.

I mentioned that this device would be considered a health and safety nightmare nowadays with the exposed edge of a CD spinning at up to 480rpm. What damage this could really do is negligible, however you can bet that some clown, somewhere in the world would claim that they were irrevocably injured by it - causing a class action suit, a withdrawal of the product from the market and a payout to all affected customers. What a different time the 1980s were. 

There are two links below - one will search ebay for a Sony D-88 Discman and the other is a link to the renovated BP-2EX Walkman batteries retrofitted with lithium ion cells.

SONY D-88    BP-2EX BATTERY

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Reader Comments (7)

Put a cutting disc in it and there you have a very dangerous hi-tech angle grinder, hahaha :D At least the flowerhat safety nuts may think so...

November 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFinGuy

Out of interest is there an integrated BMS for the Li-ion replacement pack ? I'd hate it to go *bang* if it was overcharged or run down too low!

November 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

Best epilogue ever.

November 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

On the EPIC Epilogue...

1. You are welcome ;)
2. When will we get episode 2 :D

Thanks!

November 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Hi Matt,

Thanks a lot for again bringing back memories from my youth. I remember when this player came out and I thought it looked really cool.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOnno

I had (maybe still have) one of this players, too. During my time at the german army in the 1990's I mounted the player in my car with an gooseneck. It was working well but in summer at high temperature the tracks were jumping.

December 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

There were two models from Sony. The D-82 (which came out first IIRC) had about the same footprint as the D-88 had without its battery pack, but the D-82 had an internal battery compartment. So the D-82 was even smaller in some respect. OTOH it could *only* play the smaller 8cm (3") CDs, it didn't have the movable spindle of the D-88.

December 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

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