In 1977, Fuji updated the product line with a new series name. The name of the Range series comes from Dynamic Range. The suffix number represents the performance index MOL (maximum output level) value, for example, Range–2 MOL is+2dB.
The packaging was designed by Japanese graphic design master Sugiura Kangping, with a black background and a combination of lightning and digital patterns. Lightning symbolizes the maximum dynamic range from a distant faint sound to an instant thunder. In 1980, Fuji adopted a new naming method for the entire series, replacing the previous Range series name.
1980DR is the abbreviation of “DYNAMIC RANGE”. It uses the same magnetic body as Range–2. The whole system adopts a newly designed fine-textured shell. The internal slide adopts anti-static design to improve the running stability.
The LN type tape was introduced before the D series, and the sound is very good. It is a tape that can record music.
TDK launched the LN type (Low Noise) tape, which was the predecessor of the “D” series of later best-selling tapes. The design of the packaging is almost the same as the previous product of the same period, using a diamond logo-based pattern. Since the release of this product, other companies have begun to name the standard tape “Low Noise”. This series is available in two versions, plastic box and economical paper packaging box.
At that time, the President of ibuka university brought tc-d5 and large headphones for a business trip to listen to music. But just for the convenience of listening to music, the tc-d5 is too big and has too many unnecessary functions. It weighs up to 1.7kg when put into the battery. So I wanted a small machine with light headphones. So ibuka asked his team to build a prototype of the Walkman.
Morita saw a business opportunity in the experimental plane. However, players that could not record and had no speakers were not available in the market at the time, so there was growing skepticism about the product within the company. So morita uttered the opening lines, and a culture of “carrying music with you” was born.
“If I can’t sell 30,000 units, I will resign as President.”
1979 SONY tps-l2 Walkman from here to Walkman Walkman
When wearing headphones listening to music in the outdoor culture of SONY hasn’t flow line, because if the ear with a chance hinder conversation with others, also can’t hear the voices around, so the host at the top of the installed a very conspicuous orange “HOTLINE switch. By pressing this button, the microphone will gather around the sound output into the headset, so through headphones can hear the voice of the surrounding.
The original prototype of the first Walkman was thought to have come from the mono channel TCM-100, but was actually a bm-12 with a stereo head. In addition, the attached h.ir headset was developed on the basis of the zero-fit design concept, which is positioned to wear lightweight open headphones. It can be said that this portable headset gave birth to the Walkman.
1981 SONY wm-2 decided the development direction of Walkman Walkman
The Walkman, which many now think of as the name of the machine, was designed a year earlier than the tps-l2, based on a concept submitted by SONY in a design competition. Originally intended as a portable interview machine, the concept machine was designed with compact circuits and ultra-thin motors to achieve miniaturization, as well as lightweight materials and technologies. Engineers then developed the wm-2 based on the concept, keeping the miniaturized size and unique button layout intact. It was launched in February 1981 and sold more than 2.5 million units, a record for a single model.
1981 SONY wm-3 and wm-3ex added Walkman support for metal tape to T s-l2
In order to continue the popularity of the original Walkman, it only changed the color in the appearance and added the support of four metal belts, which was named “luxury Walkman”. Meanwhile, it also launched the “excellent Walkman”, which was packaged in a red luxury gift box.
1982 SONY wm-7 was the first Walkman equipped with automatic rollover
The first model is equipped with an automatic flip and a remote control, which only has three functions: play, stop and change direction. The buttons are controlled by logical mechanical electronic control, and equipped with dolby noise reduction B.