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.