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1968

  • DR-4A、4C
    DR-4A、4C

    Sony’s first noise-isolating stereo headphones



1979

  • TPS-L2
    TPS-L2

    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.


  • MDR-3
    MDR-3

    Included with the first-ever “Walkman” (model TPS-L2). The first model in the “H-AIR” series of compact, lightweight headphones.



1981

  • WM-2
    WM-2

    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.



1982

  • MDR-E252
    MDR-E252

    The first in-ear headphones in the trend-setting ‘NUDE’ series.



1983

  • WM-20
    WM-20

    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.



1984

  • D-50
    D-50

    The world's first portable CD player. Approximately the size of four CD cases, the body weighed 590g. Sold at a surprisingly low price (less than 50,000 yen), this device single-handedly accelerated the spread of the CD.



1985

  • WM-101
    WM-101

    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.



1988

  • MDR-R10
    MDR-R10

    These headphones were the first in the world to adopt a bio-cellulose diaphragm with rigidity comparable to that of aluminum. They were priced at JPY 360,000.



1990

  • TCD-D3
    TCD-D3

    The first ultracompact, lightweight DAT Walkman, small enough to fit in one's palm.



1992

  • NT-1
    NT-1

    The “Scoopman NT-1,” the world's first digital micro-recorder using ultracompact tapes.


  • MZ-1
    MZ-1

    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.



1995

  • MDR-NC10
    MDR-NC10

    Sony’s first headphones with noise canceling functionality.



1996

  • MZ-E50
    MZ-E50

    Playback-only MD Walkman featured the best of Sony's portable technology. World's smallest and lightest (as of September 1996).



1997

  • MDR-G61
    MDR-G61

    The industry’s first neckband headphones.



1999

  • D-E01
    D-E01

    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.


  • NW-MS7
    NW-MS7

    Memory Stick Walkman, supporting Magic Gate copyright protection technology.



2001

  • MZ-N1
    MZ-N1

    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.



2003

  • NW-MS70D
    NW-MS70D 

    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.



2004

  • NW-HD1
    NW-HD1

    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.


  • MZ-NH1
    MZ-NH1

    The “Hi-MD” Walkman. Backed by high-density recording technology, it was capable of extended sound recording and playback.



2005

  • NW-A3000
    NW-A3000

    Adapts to the individual tastes of each user. The Walkman A series: forging deeper ties between people and music.



2007

  • SEP-10BT
    SEP-10BT

    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.



2008

  • MDR-NC500D
    MDR-NC500D

    The world’s first digital noise canceling headphones, reducing ambient noise by up to 99%.



2009

  • NW-X1060
    NW-X1060

    X-series WALKMAN delivers unrivaled portable audio/video experience



2011

  • MDR-DS7500
    MDR-DS7500

    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)






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