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Which Walkman?

Over the last few years I’ve inadvertently helped fuel the cassette revival. Many of the people who bought their first second-hand home tape deck over the last couple of years, would also now like a decent personal stereo so they can play their new cassette collection on the go.

I’ve received lots of requests to make a video about the cassette Walkman. With such a broad topic to cover I thought the best thing I could do was to show the various models I’ve bought and explain why I chose them.    

The links posted under the video below will likely be of more use than the video itself, but both things combined should help point the first-time walkman buyer in the right direction. 


The Walkman Archive:
Stereo 2 Go Forums:
Additional Links:
TapeHeads Forum for for all things tape related
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Sony WM-D6C Professional Walkman
UK  US   CAN   DE   AU   NL 
Sony WM-EX Walkman range (Some good, some not so good)
UK  US   CAN   DE   AU  NL 

Quick tip - If you know the model you want, but it isn't there - used the "Saved Search" Feature on ebay - so you are notified the next time someone lists that particular model for sale.

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This will also be very interesting to retro computer people, those who are looking to run tape software for their trs-80 color, msx and zx spectrums alikes. Great work you always did here on the channel, keep it up!

August 24, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterericomont

What is in your opinion the best walkman with recording capabilities?
I would like to give one to my mother as a gift, but I really don't know that much about cassette.

Thank you very much

August 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

You'll get much more (better) advice on the forums and websites I linked to above...however I think everyone agrees that the D6C featured in the video is the best recording Walkman.

August 25, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I was a Sony main agent in central London ( marble Arch )
I was invited to the launch of the original walkman at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.
Dealers were somewhat doubtful to the market for such a device and initial response was poor. I think Sony only imported about 500 machines to test the market.
Put in an order for as many as I could get and I think I ended up with about half of the stock.
Within weeks I had other dealers asking me if they could buy some of my stock.
Sony invited me to Singapore to see their new factory and I as surprised to see them making Aiwa products and I was told that Sony had a significant interest in Aiwa and owned some of the company.
So yes I still have my original Walkman and a Walkman pro and other portables.
They still work although I think some of them could do with having the belts replaced because as you say they tend to stretch and cause speed and transport issues.
Thank you Matt for a great video and allowing me to relive my youth.
Jeremy Travis AKA Teletape London

August 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

This is a great post! It's so nice to see retro technology being used again, it certainly brings a smile to the face! Hopefully, the popularity will continue as they have great uses and with so many shiny new technological releases there's nothing like returning to the original!

August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

As usual Matt, a first class video review. A little aside. I bought a Sony hifi system in Saudi Arabia in the '80's. After a few years back here, the cassette player packed up. I took it apart and was unable to find the broken gear from Sony here. However, I eventually found the self same system for sale here under the Aiwa brand. I did not know then that Sony were selling their products in different markets under the Aiwa brand. I was able to get the broken gear from Aiwa UK and managed to fix my 'Sony' system and it's worked flawlessly ever since, albeit only occasionally. Your in-depth reviews, down to earth analysis and very professional presentation are a joy to behold - whether it be a pop up toaster or a long forgotten gizmo from the distant past. Keep up the good work!

August 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Carter

Thanks old chap. Yes there's a bit of a story behind the Sony and Aiwa thing...Sony becoming a major shareholder of Aiwa then using it as a way to sell cheaper products under the Aiwa brand without tarnishing or devaluing their Sony range. I suppose it's a better setup than those companies that bought all old bankrupt electronics company names then use them to brand nasty supermarket LCD TVs in the hope of fooling old people into thinking...oooh I remember Telefunken they made our first's a very reliable company.

August 30, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

A really inspirational video Techmoan! I'm really buying into your audiocassette revival. After some looking around a came across a decent WM-EX1HG and WM-EX2HG. They only seem to need a belt replacement to work. I'm planning to do a show and tell video myself, when I get the time.
The only things that bugs me, is this Sony microconnector between de remote and the headphones. If found just one source for a microconnector to mini-jack adapter and they are quite expensive. Any ideas on that?

October 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMeganton Tech

It would be great if you could add/create an additional video covering the Sony Super Walkman Series i.e. SONY WM-10 and SONY WM-20. These models were the slimmest among all and magnificent example of emerging technology of 1980s!

January 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAfzaal Mohammed

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