The first model of the first-generation Walkman personal stereos. Contrary to those inside and outside the company who claimed that "without a recording function, it won't sell," it became a huge success, proposing new lifestyles which became popular around the world.
Following an unconventional course of development, the design specifications were determined first, with engineers then creating the corresponding product. Much lighter than the first-generation, this new Walkman supported metal tape and featured an anti-rolling mechanism. Emphasizing design and sound quality, the Walkman II was immensely popular.
Product developed based on creating a Walkman roughly the size of a cassette case. This model featured one AA battery, head, pinch roller, and headphone jack arranged in a row, with the cassette placed horizontally alongside this structure. From this point forward, the Walkman was established as a modern necessity, easily carried in a handbag or pocket.
First model in its class to adopt a gum stick-like rechargeable battery and accommodated AA batteries as well. This device greatly reduced battery costs and weighed under 200g.
The first ultracompact, lightweight DAT Walkman, small enough to fit in one's palm.
The Scoopman NT-1, the world's first digital micro-recorder using ultracompact tapes.
The world's first MD Walkman mini-disc recorder. This device had recording, playback, a numeric keypad, anti-skip technology, and a variety of additional useful features.
Playback-only MD Walkman featured the best of Sony's portable technology. World's smallest and lightest (as of September 1996).
The special 15th anniversary edition CD Walkman. Equipped with the ultimate ‘G-Protection’ anti-skip technology, this model represented a shift from conventional ‘sound accumulating’ systems to systems that prevented sound from skipping.
Memory Stick Walkman, supporting Magic Gate copyright protection technology.
The first product to support the NetMD standard for high-speed transfer of music data from PC to Walkman. Powered by a gum stick sized rechargeable battery, this device was capable of approximately 28 hours of playback in standard mode.
Marketed simultaneously with Duo Memory Stick, this device incorporated 256 MB of flash memory in a compact body. It represented a new style of network Walkman enabling users to enjoy the equivalent of 11 CDs of music.
Network Walkman with 20-GB internal hard memory. This model was capable of approximately 30 hours of continuous long-play sound reproduction. This device incorporated the G Sensor (for quickly detecting gravity acceleration) coupled with an anti-shock damper to protect valuable data from shock.
The Hi-MD Walkman. Backed by high-density recording technology, it was capable of extended sound recording and playback.
Adapts to the individual tastes of each user. The Walkman A series: forging deeper ties between people and music.
New sound entertainment player "Rolly." The product integrates various Sony audio technologies with robot-related technologies for motion control. The palm-sized, oval-shaped unit contains horizontally-opposed stereo speakers, flash memory and battery. This player fits in one's hand to go wherever the user does, enabling them to enjoy Rolly's clear sound and mesmerizing moves anytime, anywhere.
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The industry’s first* digital surround headphone system for reproducing a 3D sound field with a newly added height direction.
* As a digital surround headphone system for consumer use (as investigated by Sony in August, 2011)