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.
1982 SONY wm-r2 built-in stereo condenser microphone Walkman
Is the “recording Walkman” series, the body with high sensitive stereo capacitance microphone, only carry the host can carry on the stereo field recording, recording process can be real-time monitoring through headphones, equipped with electronic control keys and anti-roll mechanism.
1982 SONY wm-f2 with FM radio recording model Walkman
The Walkman, with radio and recording functions, eliminates the capacitive microphone and adds the FM FM function. The recording supports line input and external microphone. The Walkman is equipped with a tape counter for convenient recording and timing.