The Vintage Walkman Database

This was an effort to capture data from personal stereo cassette and radio devices into one list. It’s a massive undertaking given the number of models sold during the heyday of this technology. First captured in 2003, no other list existed on the Internet so we spent many weekends in the local library scanning dozens of audio and pop culture magazines for advertisements. Please use this as a guide or checklist in your effort to uncover those old, forgotten personal stereos. We are looking for a way to present in this a Wiki-like format so the world can offer their input.

Brand Model Year US Price function radio band(s) notes (a/r=auto reverse; l-r=left&right)
Aiwa TPS-30 1980 $160 recorder n/a first personal stereo cassette recorder
Aiwa CS-J1 1981 $200 recorder
Aiwa CS-J1SY 1982 $240 recorder FM/FM Stereo
Aiwa HR-S01 1982 $47      
Aiwa HS-J02 1982 $159 player FM Stereo  
Aiwa HS-P02 1982   player   a/r
Aiwa HS-P01 1982 $100      
Aiwa CS-300 1983 $100      
Aiwa HS-F1 1983 $83 recorder    
Aiwa HS-J300 1983 $120 player AM/FM Stereo a/r; telescopic antenna
Aiwa HS-J400 1983 $135 recorder AM/FM Stereo a/r
Aiwa HS-T400 1983 $115 player AM/FM Stereo a/r
Aiwa HS-T02 1983 $100 player AM/FM Stereo  
Aiwa CR-02 1984 $53 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo 1/2″ thick
Aiwa HS-F07 1984 $120 recorder AM/FM/FM Stereo a/r
Aiwa HS-J110 1984 $140 recorder AM/FM Stereo  
Aiwa HS-J11 1984 $160 recorder    
Aiwa HS-P01MKII 1984 $60 player    
Aiwa HS-P02MKII 1984 $90 player   a/r; Dolby B NR
Aiwa HS-P05 1984 $60 player    
Aiwa HS-P06 1984 $95 player FM Stereo  
Aiwa HS-P06MKII 1984 $90      
Aiwa SC-A3 1984 $40      
Aiwa SC-A5 1984 $60      
Aiwa CR-03 1985 $40      
Aiwa CR-05 1985 $45      
Aiwa HS-J07 1985 $120 recorder    
Aiwa HS-J500 1985 $140 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby B NR; a/r; anti-rolling; twin headphone
Aiwa HS-P05MKII 1985 $45 player    
Aiwa HS-S02 1985 $50      
Aiwa HS-J08 1985 $90 recorder FM Stereo a/r; Dolby B NR; wired remote
Aiwa SCA-5 1985 $45      
Aiwa HS-P07 1985 $90 player    
Aiwa HS-T200 1986 $90      
Aiwa HS-G500 1986 $110 player   Dolby B NR; twin headphone jacks; a/r; eq; wired remote control
Aiwa HS-J600 1986 $165      
Aiwa HS-T500 1986 $140 player
Aiwa HS-G600 1987 $104 player    
Aiwa HS-J350 1987 $125 recorder AM/FM Stereo a/r;
Aiwa HS-J600A 1987 $165 player    
Aiwa HS-T200 1987 $80      
Aiwa HS-T260 1987 $50 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby B NR
Aiwa HS-T600 1987 $140 player AM/FM Stereo  
Aiwa HS-J800 1988 $240 recorder AM/FM/TV digital; clock; Dolby B NR; a/r
Aiwa HS-G700 1988 $110
Aiwa HS-J360 1988 $100
Aiwa HS-J700 1988 $170
Aiwa HS-T260 1988 $65 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby B NR
Aiwa HS-T280 1988 $85 player FM Stereo digital
Aiwa HS-T380 1988 $110 player AM/FM Stereo digital
Aiwa HS-T600 1988 $150
Aiwa HS-T700 1988 $160
Aiwa HS-T800 1988 $170
Aiwa HS-J900 1989 $190 recorder
Aiwa HS-S900 1989 $200
Aiwa HS-T100 1989 player AM/FM Stereo
Aiwa HS-T210 1989 player a/r
Aiwa HS-T220 1989 player a/r,eq
Aiwa HS-T370 1989 player compact
Akai PM-01 1981 $170 player FM/FM Stereo tuner module
Caprice 1981 player  
Casio RD-10 1985 radio FM Stereo credit card size
Casio RD-100 1986 radio FM/FM Stereo credit card size
Craig J700 1981 $99 player “Soundalong”; twin headphone jacks; hi-lo tone switch; hotline mic; l-r volume
Cybernet Mini Concert PS-101 1981 $70 player   twin headphone jacks; l-r volume controls
Cybernet Mini Concert PS-103 1982 $130 player FM/FM Stereo tuner module
DAK Micro XV5000 1983 $80 player   a/r; (re-packaged for DAK by ??)
Emerson 1981 player
GE 7-1000 1981 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo “Stereo Radio Escape”; l-r volume slide controls  
GE 3-5270 1981 player “Stereo Tape Escape”; two HP jacks; hi-lo tone switch; mute; left-right volume
GE 3-5271 1981 player FM Stereo “Stereo Great Escape”; two HP jacks; hi-lo tone switch; mute; left-right volume
GE 3-5273 1983 $50 player AM/FM Stereo “Stereo Great Escape”; Stereo indicator LED
GE 7-1600 1983 $20 player AM/FM Stereo Stereo indicator LED
GE 3-5432 1985 player AM/FM Stereo eq
GE 3-5435 1986 player eq
GE 7-1285 1986 radio    
GE 7-1990 1989 $25 player AM/FM Stereo splashproof
Goldstar TSM-22 1982 player l-r volume control
Grundig Beat-Boy 100 1981 player    
Guardian 1981 player    
Gustronic 1981 player    
Hator Seiko Mr. FM 1984 radio FM two position volume switch; micro earbud shape; button battery cell
Hip Pocket FM Cassette 1982 $70      
Hitachi Walkalong 1989 $60 recorder AM/FM Stereo
Infinity 1981 player FM/FM Stereo tuner module; Dolby stereo
JC Penney SurroundSound 1981   $90 player   l-r volume controls; hotline mic
JC Penney Stereo 1981   $33 radio AM/FM Stereo l-r volume control
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $70 recorder AM/FM Stereo telescopic antenna; built-in speakers; auto-stop; dual condenser mikes; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $70 player AM/FM Stereo telescopic antenna; built-in speakers; auto-stop; a/r; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $40 player AM/FM Stereo l-r volume slide controls; dual headphone jacks; built-in speaker; auto-stop; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $50 player AM/FM Stereo breakaway speakers; auto-stop; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $50 player AM/FM Stereo breakaway speakers; auto-stop; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $30 player AM/FM Stereo auto-stop; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $40 player a/r; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $25 player extra-small; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $20 player twin headphone jacks; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $15 player Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $15 radio AM/FM Stereo built-in speaker; telescopic antenna; stereo indicator LED; Canada dist.
JIL – Candle – Citizen – Walkymusic 1984   $12 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo slimline; l-r volume control; stereo indicator LED; Canada dist.
Juliette 1984   $14 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo “Walk-About”; stereo indicator LED
JVC CQ-1 1983 $70 player   Dolby NR
JVC CQ-1 1983 $80 player    
JVC CQ-11K 1983 $120 player   a/r; Dolby B NR
JVC CQ-F2 1983 $159 player FM Stereo radio cassette module; Dolby B NR
JVC CQ-F22K 1983 $190 player AM/FM/FM Stereo a/r; Dolby B NR; anti-rolling; hi-lo switch;
detachable radio
JVC CQ-11KJW 1984 $80 player   a/r; Dolby B NR; tone control
JVC CQ-R10JW 1985 $35 radio AM/FM Stereo headset radio; detachable tuner pack and battery pack
JVC CX-7BK 1989 $60 player dolby,a/r
JVC CX-F30 1989 $70 player AM/FM Stereo a/r
Kasuga Recorder/Player 1983 $90 recorder FM/FM Stereo two headphone jacks; l-r balance; hi-lo tone; internal stereo
Kenwood CP10 1983 $80 player    
Kenwood CP-80 1983 $190 player AM/FM/FM Stereo a/r; tuner module; snap-on micro speakers; Dolby B NR
KLH Solo 1981 $170 player FM/FM Stereo radio cassette module; Dolby B NR
KLH Solo II 1983 $150 player FM/FM Stereo radio cassette module; a/r; two headphone jacks; l-r
Koss Music Box 1981 $64 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo hi-lo tone switch
Koss Music Box Cassette Player 1983 $110 player   Dolby NR
Koss Music Digital Music Box 1983 $110 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo digital; 8 presets; signal strength & battery strength readout; safeLite sound
level indicator
Koss KMBAZ 1984 $42 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo digital
Koss A3 1985 $70 player AM/FM/FM Stereo folding headphones
Liberty   1981   player    
Maxam RS-881 1983   $15 radio FM/FM Stereo “The Scooter”
Medana Pocket-Mate 198?   radio FM Stereo LCD calculator; LCD clock
MGT XT-3000 1983 $7 radio FM Stereo offered thru DAK w/ purchase of 10 cassettes
Mona   1981   player    
Mura Hi-Stepper HI-3 1981 $80 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo incl. Red Set III Headphones; carrying case
Mura Hi-6 1981   radio FM Stereo  
Mura HI-EX 1982   radio FM/FM Stereo slim design; hi-lo tone switch; stereo LED
Mura Sun Stepper 1986 $40 radio AM/FM Stereo solar powered; battery-free
NeWave 0817 1982 $39 radio AM/FM Stereo twin headphone jack; LED indicator; l-r volume control
Nippon FS-884 1982 player FM Stereo twin headphone jack; hotline mic; LED indicator; l-r volume control
Olympus SR-11 1982 $200 micro-recorder AM/FM/FM Stereo micro-cassette format; external antenna  
Panasonic RQ-J33 1981   player    
Panasonic RF-10 1982 $77 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo hi-lo tone switch; vinyl case
Panasonic RX-2700 1982 $250 recorder AM/FM Stereo auto-stop; telescopic antenna; internal speaker; strap and case
Panasonic RQ-J20X 1982   player   dbx NR; “dbx Way”; wow & flutter 0.035
Panasonic RQ-J5 1982 $100 casette player    
Panasonic RQ-J6 1982 $119 recorder built-in stereo mike; one-touch recording
Panasonic RX-1950 1982 $175      
Panasonic RQ-J55 1982 $110 recorder  
Panasonic RQ-WJ1 1983 player   mini-size
Panasonic RQ-J2 1983 $55 player   mini-size
Panasonic RF-444 1983 $24 radio AM/FM Stereo hi-lo tone control; FM stereo indicator LED
Panasonic RQ-J36 1983 $70 recorder   pause; tape counter; auto-stop; built-in mike
Panasonic RF-8 1983 $60 radio AM/FM Stereo ultra-compact; stereo/battery strength
Panasonic RQ-AR1 1984 $60 player   a/r
Panasonic RX-S35 1984 $75 player AM/FM Stereo ultra-mini; a/r; Dolby B NR
Panasonic RQ-J50 1985 $20 player   clear plastic well door
Panasonic RQ-J60 1985 $20 player   compact design
Panasonic RQ-J16 1985 $30 player   a/r
Panasonic RQ-J7 1985 $25 player   a/r
Panasonic RQ-JA5 1985 $75 player   eq; a/r; Dolby B NR
Panasonic RX-1925 1985 $35 player AM/FM Stereo LED battery indicator
Panasonic RX-1930 1985 $45 player AM/FM Stereo eq; FM/battery LED indicator
Panasonic RX-S25A 1985 $50 player AM/FM Stereo a/r
Panasonic RX-S28 1985 $70 recorder AM/FM Stereo a/r;
Panasonic RX-S38 1985 $100 recorder AM/FM Stereo a/r; separate amplified speakers; pause; built-in mike
Panasonic RX-SA10 1985 $110 player AM/FM Stereo a/r; Dolby B NR; ultra-compact; carrying case
Panasonic RF-110 1985   radio FM Stereo eq
Panasonic RF-11 1985 30 radio AM/FM/FM Steroe eq
Panasonic RF-H25 1985 $100 radio AM/FM Stereo “Sound Card”; “world’s thinnest & lightest stereo radio”; ni-cad battery
Panasonic RF-H5 1985 $45 radio FM/FM Stereo “Sound Band”; aux-in jack
Panasonic RF-H20 1985 $30 radio FM/FM Stereo RHC microchip; Ultra-Phonic mode switch; black or red
Panasonic RF-H5A 1986 $63 radio FM Stereo  
Panasonic RQ-JA61 1986 $20 casette player    
Panasonic RX-CW43 1986 $120 player/recorder AM/FM Stereo double cassette
Panasonic RSX-35 1986 $75 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby NR
Panasonic RX-1924 1986 $30 player AM/FM Stereo  
Panasonic RX-HD10 1986 $200 player & recorder AM/FM Stereo radio cassette module; double cassette
Panasonic RX-SA70 1986 $50 player   a/r
Panasonic RX-SA77 1986 $70 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby NR; eq
Panasonic RX-SA25 1987 $60 player AM/FM Stereo  
Panasonic RX-SA78 1987 $80 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby NR; a/r; eq; 1 FM preset
Panasonic RX-SR35 1987 $80 player AM/FM Stereo  
Panasonic RX-FM14 1987 $50 player AM/FM Stereo 4 colors
Panasonic RX-SA66 1987 $50 player AM/FM Stereo a/r
Panasonic RX-FM27 1987 $60 player AM/FM Stereo eq
Panasonic RX-SA255 1988 $200 player AM/FM Stereo ultra-small
Panasonic RX-SR25 1988 $60 recorder AM/FM Stereo
Panasonic RX-SA60 1988 $33 player AM/FM Stereo
Panasonic RX-SA79 1988 $130 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby,XBS bass system,eq,a/r,nicad battery
Panasonic RX-SA80 1988 $100 player AM/FM Stereo a/r
Panasonic RQ-V150 1989 $50 player AM/FM Stereo a/r,eq
Panasonic RQ-V340 1989 $130 player AM/FM Stereo xbs,a/r,dolby
Panasonic RQ-V340 1989 $130 player AM/FM Stereo xbs,dolby,a/r
Panasonic RQ-V50 1989 $30 player AM/FM Stereo dx switch
Panasonic RQJ-A52 1989 $20 player
Panasonic RX-SR39 1989 $80 recorder AM/FM Stereo
Panasonic RX-SA64 1989 $30 player AM/FM Stereo
Philips D6628 1983 player FM Stereo “Skyway”
Pioneer PK-3 1984 $100      
Pioneer PK-35V 1984 $90      
Pioneer PK-5AW 1984 $110 player   all-weather; a/r
Pioneer PK-9SV 1984 $130      
Pioneer PK-F9 1984 $140      
Pioneer PK-R7AW 1984 $120      
Proton 100 1982 $120 radio FM Stereo Schotz circuitry; bass & treble controls
Randix Audiologic Soundaround 1981   player    
RCD 1983 $23 radio FM Stereo earbud headphones
RCD 1983 $28 radio AM/FM Stereo earbud headphones
Sanyo M-5550 1981   player   aka Sportster; mic; AMSS; pitch control
Sanyo M-4430 1981   player   aka Sportster; mic; AMSS
Sanyo C-7 1982 $239      
Sanyo MG-10 1982 $46      
Sanyo MG-1 1982 $70      
Sanyo MG-2 1982 $80 player AM/FM/FM Stereo  
Sanyo MG-30 1982 $64 player AM/FM/FM Stereo  
Sanyo MG-9 1982 $35 player    
Sanyo MG-100 1983 $100      
Sanyo MG-110DT 1983 $110      
Sanyo MG-12 1983 $35      
Sanyo MG-15 1983 $43      
Sanyo MG-16D 1983 $65 player   dolby NR
Sanyo MG-31 1983 $50 player AM/FM/FM Stereo  
Sanyo MG-34DT 1983 $90 player AM/FM/FM Stereo tuner module; Dolby; “Sportster”
Sanyo MG-35 1983 $56      
Sanyo MG-36D 1983 $80      
Sanyo MG-7 1983 $25 player l-r volume control; auto-stop
Sanyo MG-8 1983 $30      
Sanyo MG-31A 1984 $50      
Sanyo MG-32 1984 $60      
Sanyo MG-41 1984 $50 player AM/FM/FM Stereo  
Sanyo MG-55 1984 $45      
Sanyo MG-80 1984 $70      
Sanyo MG-80D 1984 $55 player FM Stereo a/r
Sanyo MG-95 1984 $55 player AM/FM/FM Stereo a/r
Sanyo MG-98D 1984 $70      
Sanyo RP-45 1984 $25 radio AM/FM Stereo hi-lo tone control
Sanyo MG-15A 1985 $30 player    
Sanyo MGP-10 1985 $15 player   auto-stop
Sanyo MGP-16 1985 $23 player   auto-stop; anti-rolling; tone control; battery LED
Sanyo MGP-26 1985 $30 player   a/r; auto-stop; anti-rolling; tone control; battery LED
Sanyo MGP-30 1985 $35 player   eq; a/r
Sanyo MGP-44 1985 $80 player   eq; a/r; anti-rolling; Dolby B NR
Sanyo MGR-60 1985 $30 player AM/FM Stereo auto-stop
Sanyo MGR-66 1985 $33 player AM/FM/FM Stereo like MGR-66 with rewind
Sanyo MGR-70 1985 $40 player AM/FM/FM Stereo eq; anti-rolling; auto-stop
Sanyo MGR-76 1985 $48 player AM/FM/FM Stereo mini-size; a/r; anti-rolling; auto-stop
Sanyo MGR-80 1985 $55 player AM/FM Stereo a/r; anti-rolling; mute
Sanyo MGR-99 1985 $100 player AM/FM Stereo ultra-slim; Dolby B NR; a/r; anti-rolling
Sanyo MGR-150 1985 $120 recorder AM/FM Stereo ultra-slim; Dolby B NR; a/r; anti-rolling; pause
Sanyo RP-65 1985 $18 radio FM Stereo hi-lo tone control
Sanyo RP-66A 1985   $19 radio AM/FM Stereo hi-lo tone control
Sanyo RP-67A 1985   $40 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo credit card size; hi-lo tone control
Sanyo RP-68 1985   $30 radio AM/FM Stereo eq
Sanyo RP-70 1985   $35 radio AM/FM Stereo telescopic antenna; hi-lo tone control
Sanyo RP-80 1985   $45 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo headset; mute; external antenna jack
Sharp JC-11 1986 $65      
Sharp JC-22 1986 $90      
Sharp JC-790 1986 $150 player AM/FM Stereo a/r; fast playback; Dolby
Samsung ST-206 1982 player FM Stereo “MyMy”;FM cssette module
Sharp JC-850 1987 $100 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby NR; eq; a/r
Sharp JC-568 1989 $140 player AM/FM Stereo digital,10 presets,eq,a/r,3/89 p 22
Sharp JC-518 1989 $90
Sharp JCK-15 1989 $60 player a/r
Sony TPS-L2 1979 $200 player intro’d to US in 1980 as Soundabout then marketed as Walkman; two HP jacks;
left-right volume; mic “Hot-Line feature; vinyl case
Sony SRF-40W 1981 $70 radio FM/FM Stereo two HP jacks
Sony SRF-80W 1981 $220 radio AM/FM/FM Stereo aka Mystereo; external stereo speaker base
Sony WM-1 1982 $100 player twin headphone jacks
Sony WM-2 1981 $140 player  
Sony WA-33 1982 $130      
Sony WA-55 1982 $156 player    
Sony WM-3 1982 $149 player    
Sony WM-4 1982 $65 player    
Sony WM-5 1982 $100 player    
Sony WM-D6 1982 $250 recorder   Dolby B NR; LED level indicator; pitch control; quartz-controlled
Sony WM-R2 1982 $140 recorder   built-in stereo mike
Sony SRF-33W 1983 $55 radio FM Stereo  
Sony SRF-80W 1983 $100 radio FM Stereo  
Sony MDR-FM3 1983 $50 radio FM Stereo l-r volume controls; telescopic antenna
Sony WM-10 1983 $100 player   world’s smallest player; Dolby NR;
Sony WM-7 1983 $123      
Sony WM-F10 1983 $130 player FM Stereo  
Sony WM-F1 1983 $90 player FM Stereo twin headphone jacks
Sony XRM-10 1983 $380 player   Music Shuttle”; removable cassettte player for car
Sony SRF-5 1983 $55 radio FM Stereo water resistant; dx switch
Sony WM-F5 1983 $100 player FM Stereo “Sports”; “Swim Man”; water resistant; soft-touch controls
Sony SRF-20W 1984 $27 radio FM Stereo local-dx switch; LED tuning indicator
Sony WA-66 1984 $130      
Sony WM-16 1984 $70 player   a/r; Dolby NR
Sony WM-8 1984 $45 player    
Sony WM-D6C 1984 $250 recorder   Dolby B+C NR; quartz-lock speed control; disc drive; counter-inertial flywheel; pitch control
Sony WM-F10 1984 $110      
Sony WM-F8 1984 $70 player FM Stereo  
Sony WM-R15 1984 $120 recorder   a/r; Dolby B NR; counter-inertial flywheel; tape counter; pause
Sony SRF-201 1985 $70 radio FM Stereo FM Card Walkman; “World’s Smallest Walkman”; 1.2 oz; battery charger; feather-touch
volume control
Sony SRF-22W 1985 $30 radio FM Stereo local-dx switch; LED tuning indicator; twin headphone jacks
Sony SRFA-1 1985 $40 radio AM Stereo/FM Stereo; local-dx switch; LED tuning indicator
Sony WA-200 1985 $130      
Sony WM-10MKII 1985 $60 player   smallest in the world in 1985; counter-inertial flywheel; Dolby B NR
Sony WM-10RV 1985 $85 player   a/r; Dolby B NR; counter-inertial flywheel
Sony WM-11 1985 $40 player    
Sony WM-11D 1985 $35 player   auto-stop
Sony WM-18 1985 $45 player   same as WM-11D w/ a/r
Sony WM-75 1985 $75 player   “Sports”; a/r; water resistant; Dolby B NR
Sony WM-DC2 1985 $160 player   quartz locking system; disc drive; counter-inertial flywheel; Dolby B+C NR
Sony WM-F10MKII 1985 $90 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby B NR; counter-inertial flywheel
Sony WM-F12 1985 $45 player AM/FM Stereo local-dx switch
Sony WM-F15 1985 $85 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby B NR; counter-inertial flywheel
Sony WM-F18 1985 $75 player AM/FM/FM Stereo eq; Dolby B NR; counter-inertial flywheel; a/r
Sony WM-F65 1985 $120 recorder AM/FM Stereo Dolby B NR; stereo mic jack; counter-inertial flywheel; local-dx switch
Sony WM-F75 1985 $110 player AM/FM/FM Stereo a/r; Dolby B NR; “Sports”; water-resistant
Sony WM-W800 1985 $150 player & recorder   double cassette; stereo mic jack
Sony SRF-FM2 1986 $40 radio FM Stereo whip antenna
Sony WM-100 1986 $100 player   a/r; Dolby NR
Sony WM-207 1986   player AM/FM Stereo solar powered
Sony WM-65 1986 $110 player    
Sony WM-F100 1986 $125 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby NR; rechargeable
Sony WM-F17 1986 $65 player AM/FM Stereo  
Sony WM-F41 1986 $39 player AM/FM Stereo  
Sony WM-F73 1986 $125 player AM/FM Stereo “Sports”; Dolby; a/r; AM/FM Stereo
Sony WM-F77 1986 $90 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby NR; eq
Sony WM-DD 100 1987 $200 player   “Boodo Khan” loudness control; direct drive; Dolby NR;
closed-ear headphones
Sony SRF-F1 1987 $50 radio    
Sony WM-D3 1987 $210 player    
Sony WM-F200 1987 $170 recorder   “Super Walkman”
Sony WM-F200II 1987 $180 player    
Sony WM-F47 1987 $50 player AM/FM Stereo eq
Sony WM-41 1987 $25 player    
Sony SR-FM40W 1988 $50 radio AM/FM Stereo 7 presets
Sony SRF-4 1988 $30 radio FM Stereo
Sony SR-FM40W 1988 $50 radio AM/FM Stereo 7 presets
Sony SRF-4 1988 $30 radio FM Stereo
Sony WM-R202 1988 recorder ni-cad; a/r; stereo mic jack; (thanks Levi!)
Sony WM-A39 1988 $55 player AM/FM Stereo megabass,a/r
Sony WM-AF42 1988 $50 player AM/FM Stereo a/r,eq,dx switch
Sony WMA-F55 1988 $60 player AM/FM Stereo a/r
Sony WM-AF64 1988 $100 player AM/FM Stereo megabass
Sony WM-F100III 1988 $120 player AM/FM Stereo dolby,a/r,”Super Walkman”
Sony WM-F45 1988 $70 player AM/FM Stereo
Sony WM-F601 1988 $180 player AM/FM Stereo megabass
Sony WM-F69 1988 $75 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby,eq,a/r
Sony SRF-1440W 1989 $44 radio AM/FM Stereo
Sony SRF-75 1989 $60 radio AM/FM Stereo “Outback”; water-resistant
Sony WM-A26 1989 $35 player a/r
Sony WM-A602 1989 $90 player a/r,dolby,mega-bass
Sony WM-AF48 1989 $50 player AM/FM Stereo a/r
Sony WM-AF50 1989 $58 player AM/FM Stereo a/r,mega-bass
Sony WM-AF57 1989 $75 player AM/FM Stereo a/r,mega-bass,dolby
Sony WM-AF604 1989 $130 player AM/FM Stereo mega-bass; a/r
Sony WM-F200III 1989 $200 recorder AM/FM Stereo a/r;dolby;logic controls
Sony WM-F701C 1989 player AM/FM Stereo a/r;digital;10 presets
Sony WMA-16 1989 $26 player
Sony WMA-18 1989 $36 player
Sony WMA-39 1989 $56 player
Sony WMA-52 1989 $36 player
Sony WMA-65 1989 $76 player
Sony WMA-F23 1989 $36 player AM/FM Stereo
Sony WMA-F58 1989 $66 player AM/FM Stereo
Sony WMA-F61 1989 $66 player AM/FM Stereo
Sony WMA-F64 1989 $76 player AM/FM Stereo mega-bass
Sony WMA-F67 1989 $106 player AM/FM Stereo
Sony WMA-F79 1989 player AM/FM Stereo
Sony WM-F604 1989 $140 player AM/FM Stereo
Sony WM-F701 1989 $185 player AM/FM Stereo
Sony WM-501 1989 $160 player matte finish; MegaBass; a/r; (thanks Levi!)
Soundesign 1982 $100 player   “MusicMate”; l-r volume controls; twin headphone jacks; case and shoulder strap; D battery
Soundtripper   1981   player    
Stewart RH555 1981 $56 radio AM/FM Stereo twin headphone jacks; hotline mike; 9v battery
Stewart ST977 1982 player l-r volume controls; eject button
Teac PC7RX 1983 $145 player FM dbx
Technidyne HPS-100 1981   player   aka Hip-Pocket Stereo
Toshiba KTS-1 1981 $135 player FM  
Toshiba KTS-2 1981 $175 player FM/FM Stereo radio cassette module; two HP jacks; left-right volume; mic;
vinyl case
Toshiba KTR-1 1982 $100 cassette    
Toshiba KTR-1 1982 $70 player FM/FM Stereo radio cassette module
Toshiba KTR-2 1982 $139      
Toshiba KTR-2 1982 $73      
Toshiba KTS-3 1982 $70      
Toshiba KTV-S1 1982 $110 player AM/FM/FM Stereo  
Toshiba RP-S5 1983 $55 radio SW/AM/FM/FM Stereo  
Toshiba KTA-S10 1984 $115      
Toshiba KTA-S1 1984 $95 player AM/FM Stereo a/r
Toshiba KT-R1 1984 $80      
Toshiba KT-RS1 1984 $120 player FM Stereo “”Walky””; a/r; Dolby NR
Toshiba KTV-200 1984 $75      
Toshiba KTV-500 1984 $100      
Toshiba KT-VS2 1984 $80      
Toshiba KT-4015 1985 $40 player AM/FM Stereo anti-rolling mechanism
Toshiba KT-4025 1985 $55 player AM/FM Stereo a/r; anti-rolling mechanism
Toshiba KT-4035 1985 $55 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby B NR; a/r; anti-rolling mechanism
Toshiba KT-4055 1985 $55 player AM/FM Stereo super-mini; Dolby B NR; a/r; anti-rolling mechanism
Toshiba KT-4075 1985 $55 player AM/FM Stereo eq; Dolby B NR; a/r; anti-rolling mechanism
Toshiba KT-4085 1985 $55 recorder AM/FM Stereo eq; Dolby B NR; a/r; anti-rolling mechanism
Toshiba RT-KS1 1985 $120 player AM/FM Stereo water-resistant; a/r; Dolby B NR; anti-rolling
Toshiba KTA-S2 1985 $50      
Toshiba KTA-S2 1985 $80      
Toshiba KTR-S10 1985 $70      
Toshiba KTR-S7 1985 $122      
Toshiba RP-30 1985 $40 radio FM Stereo Super-Mini
Toshiba RP-20 1985 $22 radio AM/FM Stereo hi-lo switch
Toshiba RP-27 1985 $35 radio AM/FM Stereo LED indicator LED; credit card size
Toshiba RP-33 1985 $50 radio FM Stereo Super-Mini
Toshiba RTV-S3 1985 $35      
Toshiba KT-4016 1986 $30 player AM/FM Stereo  
Toshiba KT-4046 1986 $70 player AM/FM Stereo a/r; eq
Toshiba KT-4066 1986 $90 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby NR; eq
Toshiba RP-2020 1986 $60 radio FM Stereo 1.7 oz
Toshiba RP-2030 1986 $60 radio FM Stereo  
Toshiba RP-59 1986 $40 radio AM/FM Stereo super-mini; case
Toshiba KT-4046 1986 $50 player AM/FM Stereo a/r
Toshiba KT-4047 1987 $60 player AM/FM Stereo Dolby NR; eq; a/r
Toshiba KT-4087 1987 $130 recorder AM/FM Stereo a/r
Toshiba RP-2057 1987 $40 radio AM/FM Stereo digital,10 presets
Toshiba KT-4087 1987 $150 recorder AM/FM Stereo a/r
Toshiba RP-2017 1987 $20 radio AM/FM Stereo
Toshiba KT-4568 1988 $120 player AM/FM Stereo digital,a/r,dolby
Toshiba KT-4188 1988 $150 recorder AM/FM Stereo a/r,dolby,remote
Toshiba KT-4048 1988 $55 player AM/FM Stereo a/r,dolby,eq
Toshiba KT-4538 1988 $80 player AM/FM Stereo digital,10 presets,eq,clock,a/r
Toshiba KT-4818 1988 $46 player AM/FM Stereo
Toshiba KT-4868 1988 $146 player digital,10 presets,eq,clock,a/r
Toshiba KT-4038 1988 player AM/FM Stero a/r
Toshiba KT-4029 1989 $40 player AM/FM Stereo eq
Toshiba KT-4529 1989 player AM/FM Stereo digital
Unisef   1981   player    
Unitech Pocket Concert Plus 1982 $70 player FM/FM Stereo tuner module
Unitech Mini-2010 1986 $60 player AM/FM Stereo tuner module
Windsor 1982 $56 radio AM/FM Stereo twin headphone jacks; hotline mike; 9v battery; same as Stewart RH555
Windsor CS690 1982 $100 player l-r volume slide controls; play/rewind; tone control
Yorx   1981   player    

Panasonic Walkman Models


1987. Pansonic is a leader in consumer electronics, and the sheer quantity of portable stereos manufactured by them is significant. This one is an eyesore in our opinion, completely lacking in design. The buttons are stainless steel and match the name plate on the front but this walkman is bulky and feels cheap. Functionality was a saving grace for the SR29, as it sported stereo recording capability, internal microphone and external stereo mic jack, beat control, a pause button and queueing capability. AM/FM tuning is pretty good, too. I purchased this on clearance at Lechmere back in early 1989 for around $40–I recall J&R Music World selling this model for well over $100, so I thought I was getting it for a steal. I’d grown to hate it, but somehow it’s always stayed with me, and never broke–I use it to this day, in fact. I guess that says something, doesn’t it?

RQ-WJ1 “Way

1983. Very unusual cassette player for Panasonic. Small chassis, sleak controls and contemporary color scheme. Panasonic was probably running after Sony’s silver WM line. The rewind and fast-forward controls behave much like those of Toshiba’s KT-4016, but this one’s obviously a better implementation.


1985. Simple little FM stereo radio with a unique feature: the three buttons up front served to enhance sound, boosting treble and bass. Called Preset EQ, the switches allowed the user a simple equalizer of sorts. The design is interesting, but I found myself always using the topmost switch (hi and lo boost). Tuning wasn’t so impressive, either.


1986. Panasonic chased Sony’s WA-800 with their RX-HD10, making the two the only dual cassette personal stereos ever made. Panasonic’s offered a recorder and player in one unit, allowing the user to dub cassettes anywhere. The HD-10 also offered Dolby NR, auto-reverse and one-upped Sony by offering a radio tuning module to boot. Good luck finding one of these today–set your sights on the far more common WA-800.

JVC Walkman Models


1986. JVC is a personal favorite for personal stereos. The quality, performance and sound were top-notch, the looks were the most appealing of all ’80s walkmans. Take the CX-57K–slim design, logic (feather-touch) controls and cool look. Too bad they dropped out of the portable cassette market. Paul picked this one up from Crazy Eddie, a New York area electronics chain back in 1987. He used it almost daily until the rubber pinchers began to fail in 1991.


1985. Again another winner here, this one’s a bright red recording portable, with tape counter and Dolby noise reduction. Chrome buttons, flashy, everything a portable stereo should be. But there’s no tuner…yes there is! It’s built into its boombox home!


1982. What a gem–this is at the top of our want list. This model featured all the functions of others in its class, buts it tuner was detachable and useable on its own! The tuner sported and atypical telescopic antenna and its small size was impressive. Take a look at those folding headphones! At steal in 1983 for $160. Be on the lookout for this baby or its little brother, the CQ-11K which was a cassette-only portable.

Sanyo Walkman Models


1984. Sanyo is one of those unusual brands that’s known to sell some real gems, and some real crap. The M-6060 is no doubt a gem simply due to its unique tape-loading mechanism. Cassettes are inserted into a slot much like a auto’s in-dash tape deck. Separate left and right channel volume controls, the blue on white graphics and the nice, big chrome eject button are the coolest features. Here’s a pictureof the complete package. A little white carrying case was included. Very nice touch!


1982. Sanyo was one of many radio-watch manufacturers in the 80s. This particular model had some nice features as far as watches go, including alarm, time date and day indicator. The radio, however was not so great. That tiny knob with the red lettering on the right was for tuning, and the listener had to resort to guesswork in determining where in the AM band he happened to be. But for 1982, anyone spotted wearing a headphones connected to a watch was instantly deemed as cool…in a nerdy sorta way.


1983. Another portable with the radio cassette module. This one is unique however, in that it uses a knob for tuning rather than a flat dial. It also tunes the AM and FM band. The box is labelled “Sportster” but somehow, we have a feeling this ain’t waterproof or shockproof! Very nice, unusual unit.


1981. Arguably, the feature-packed portable stereo cassette player of presented during the initial walkman “boom.” The M-5550 featured dual headphone jacks, a “Talk Line” muting feature as well as a “mix” feature that allows the listener to sing along with the music via a small microphone. Additionally, the M-5550 included a hi-lo tone switch and a pitch control knob to control tape speeed. The AMSS stands for Automatic Music Search System. That’s right, this portable even had the ability to automatically advance to the next song by detecting blank space on the tape. The battery door was spring activated, and the jet-black all-metal chassis is is small even by today’s standards. All this in a matching white leather carrying case pouch.

Toshiba Walkman Models


1986. Behold, the top of the line portable from Toshiba in ’86. Can you believe the features of this thing? Digital tuning, logic controls, Dolby, presets, auto-reverse, and a graphic eq. Unbelievable. No doubt there was some sticker shock for this back in ’86–we’re sure this model sold for at least $150 new back then. We’re willing to bet (and justify) one of these getting top dollar on Ebay today.


1981. Every collection has a “signature piece” and this may be it–Toshiba’s KT-S2. With the weight of a brick this model shows absolutely every sign of quality–from the metal chassis, to the ejecting well door, to the commanding tape control buttons. The KT-S2 offered separate left and right volume controls, normal/metal tape type swith, hi-lo tone switch, and radio/tape function switch. The requisite 4 penlight battery power only adds to the massiveness of the KT-S2. Take a closer look at the front. You’ll notice a yellow plastic button set within the chrome play button. That’s the “Hot Line” button, which mutes the portable’s audio, captures ambient noise via an internal microphone and sends it to the user’s headphones. The mystery is what the “T.L.” abbreviation stands for above the play button. The most unusual feature of the KT-S2 is the FM receiver. Yes, the KT-S2 offered an FM receiver and cassette playing capability way back in ’81. The radio portion is contained within a cassette-shaped component which fits into the cassette chamber. This device has its own model number, called the RP-S2. Even this little module has some cool features- an LED indicator for stereo and a mono-stereo switch. Here’s a pic of the front of the RP-S2, and here’s one of the back. Rumor has it that an AM module was also available in Japan. As far as we can tell, Toshiba was the first, but not the last to offer radio tuning within a removeable module like this one. *Update* Yep, the RP-A2 was Toshiba’s AM Tuner Pack that worked in both the KT-S2 and KT-S1.


1986. Boy, what a piece of crap. Sure, it looks innovative–the rewind and fast forward controls are unusually placed on the well door. Even more unusual is how these buttons operate–as you push them, they simply direct the flywheels down, which activate their movement. Sounds interesting, but I tried this out on one that I just purchased and when I opened the door, the mechanism literally flew out of the case into several pieces. I tried piecing it back together, but no luck. The cheap springs and plastic parts simply would not function as they were intended. No wonder why Toshiba dropped out of the portable market. It’s hard to believe this model was in the same line as the ultra-cool 4066. This model offered a battery LED indicator, a locking well door, and a normal/CrO2 & FM/FM stereo switch. Take a look below at Panasonic’s for a better implementation.


1986. Nice little headset unit offered by Toshiba during their walkman heyday. This one is powered by two AAA batteries, has a little whip antenna and features digital controls! The digital tuner is display in an analog fashion via an LCD bar indicator. Nice sound, too. Controls are smartly shaped so you can access them while wearing the headset. Audible beeps tell you when you’re tuning up the dial, or down or accessing one of the 5 presets. Here’s a pic of the entire unit.


1981. Sold around the same time as the KT-S2, the KT-S1 had a similar chassis, but featured a single volume slide control, and dual headphone jacks. This one also featured the FM radio cassette module. I was lucky enough to find one with the super rare RP-A2 AM cassette module!!


1986. Second to the KT-4066, the KT-4056 was almost the same, but lacked the Dolby NR feature. Very complicated looking stereo!


1986. Attractive little radio with the height and width of a credit card. This little AM/FM receiver has exceptional tuning! It has an unusual push lever power switch and is powered by two AAA batteries. It sold for around $40 back in its day. The little red velvet carrying case is a sweet compliment.


1988. As you can see, as we reach the latter half of the 80s, we depart from innovative and unusual walkman designs. This Toshiba lacks any unusual quality–it has a 3-band equalizer, AM/FM tuning, auto-reverse, typical functions and options for the period. Blah.


1981. Wow, this is a cool one. It’s Toshiba’s first recording portable stereo and even has a built-in stereo mic! Our fellow vintage electronics collector, Vassilios in Greece provided the pictures of this sleek model. Here’s a side-view pic. Finding such an old portable in this shape is indeed lucky! Thanks, Vassilios!


1987. One of the few portable stereos with digital tuning from the ’80s. Toshiba was one of the few companies who marketed this feature, and they did pretty well with it.

Aiwa Walkman Models


1985. What Walkman collection would be complete without an Aiwa portable stereo? This one looks so well-made, doesn’t it? AM/FM stereo tuner, recorder, carrying case too. Pretty boxy-looking, and the chrome is definitely a sweet touch. Check out that wired remote!!


1987. Aiwa is and was one of the big leaders in the portable stereo industry in the 80s, and remains one today. We can see why as we take at look at the HS-J350. This gem has recording capability, tuner and auto-reverse. Aiwa is reputed for their high-quality home stereo tape decks and that quality reached the portables too. Here’s a pic of the top of the unit. This was Jay’s workhouse back in the early ’90s and he retired it recently due to a loose headphone jack. Of course he’ll still keep it! *Update*: With renewed zeal in his Walkman collection, Jay pulled out his iron and soldered that loose connection–it’s working fine! We thank you for your letter and prayers through that tough time.


1984. Anyone have information on this one? The T400 offered Dolby NR (noise reduction), auto-reverse and an AM/FM tuner. We see a nice, bold tuning knob on the upper right. We’re guessing the unit was black and gray with chrome highlights like most around this period. Our friend K Wing recalls his HS-J07 performing faithfully during his college days, and it looked quite a bit like the T400.


1982. $50 in 1982 wouldn’t buy too much as far as portable stereos go, but you could grab one of these nice headsets from Aiwa–slim, nice reception of AM and FM and even an output jack! Best of all, the headset is capable of folding up to a nice small package. As far as we know, this was Aiwa’s first radio-only portable stereo.


1987. One of Aiwa’s top portable stereo cassette players. Amazing number of bells and whistles on this one–3 presets, auto-reverse, 4-band graphic equalizer, FM Stere/Mono switch, Dolby NR, a very slick LED radio position indicator, LEDs to indicate battery power and tape direction. Battery pack on the bottom hold two AAA batteries.


1984. Look familiar? It should, it’s the same chassis as the HS-T400, but with stero recording capability. Sold back in 1984 for around $135. Sleak, high performing, all Aiwa.


1985. A nice find by our friend K. Wing up in New Brunswick–this Aiwa stereo recorder sold for around $120 back in ’85 and offered all sorts of nice little options, including Dolby NR, auto-reverse and AM/FM tuning. I personally like the lock mechanism on the well door. We’re told that this model is very similar to the J07 also offered around this time, but the J70 lacked the music skip feature.


1985. Resembles the HS-J08, in fact it may be one in the same, differing only by model number. The chrome wired remote is slick, logic controls, hardshell case, dual headphone jacks and mini-whip antenna make this one of the desirable (and pricey) models from ’85.


1983. We consider ourselves lucky to have just the instruction manual for this one. Very cool and hi-tech for 1983, the HS-J300 offered good radio reception, due to its included telescopic whip antenna, stereo recording, FM Stereo indicator LED, auto-reverse and internal mic.


1986. Nothing particularly special about this one, but it small, solid and sounds great–all the reasons why Aiwa continues to be a leader in the portable stereo market.

We’re a little confused with the model number scheme used by Aiwa–we’ve gathered that the “T” after the hyphen indicates cassette player with tuner; a “J” indicated a recorder and a “P” means cassette player with no tuner. The “HS” and “HR” indicates the model is a personal stereo; the 3-digit models started in the mid-80s and continued well into the ’90s. We believe Aiwa distributed the same portables in Europe and North America, but under different model numbers.

Sony Walkman Models


1979. Sony’s first portable stereo cassette player. The is the baby that started it all. It was a gradual hit in Japan in 1979, and released in the US a year later. The original version featured a well-crafted cassette player in a blue and silver chassis. A pleather pouch allowed the user to move about in freedom and wear the stereo on the hip. A second version sported the oh-so-familiar “walkman” logo in silver. The TPS-L2 featured a “Hot Line” button–the user presses a button to turn off the music and turn on a microphone to drive amplified ambient noise (like someone talking) through the headphones. This was a common feature during this era. Also shown is an ad from a 1981 catalog for the TPS-L2–notice there is no mention of the word “walkman!” Interstingly enough, the Walkman is a term that almost never was–Sony originally marketed this unit in the US as the Soundabout, wound up using the name already popularized in Japan. The Soundabout name was not forgotten, however. Sony used it for their AM-FM/portable cassette recorder a year or so later.


1981. Another behemoth in the Walkman series. Not quite as neat as the original, but still a nice model. This model included a strap as well as a belt clip on the back (assumedly to market to both sexes), dual headphone jacks, LED battery indicator and recessed volume knob. Again, this model sold remarkably well, and the 80s began with every person below 20 wanting a personal, portable stereo. View close-up pictures of top, and side.


1981. This one brought the portable cassette player market to a new level. The design is pretty amazing–the player is only slightly larger than the cassette itself. The chassis is metal, and check out those hi-tech buttons! Again, the Walkman rage was in full force at this time, so this model is fairly common.


1981. The next generation of the WM-1. A little more bulky than the WM-2, but had all of the features of the previous years’ TPS-L2 and Walkman, including twin headphone jacks. Considered the Cadillac of portables at this time, as it was the most expensive but provided the nicest sound. This particular model is a little tough to find these days, perhaps because it was competing against its more affordable and smaller brother, the WM-2.


1980. The SRF-30W was actually the first FM tuner in Sony’s Walkman line, but we’re attracted to the SRF-80W. Check out that oversized tuning knob–it makes for very accurate tuning. But the icing on the cake is undoubtedly its detachable boombox-style base!


1982. Portable stereo collectors would rank this as a worthy find, Sony’s premiere release in the insanely successful Sports Series. This is the only model in the Sports line we like, probably because it just screams 1982. It was sleak and functional, but the design nonetheless departed from the “traditional” black and silver boxy portable stereos of the day. The Sports line was built for joggers, cyclists, or any person outdoors and on the go. Joints contained gaskets and buttons were covered with rubber to resist shock and water, and the bright yellow color served to, um…irritate people?


1982. Another holy grail is the WM-F2, Sony’s first tuner/cassette recorder Walkman. This released upped the ante from the WM-2 by adding more functionality, but the same sleak all metal chassis sweetens the package. Incredibly sexy design even by today’s standards, we contend the F2’s look makes current day bubble-shaped portables look like cheap plasticky pigs.


1984. Sony pushes the envelope with even more functionality. Check out the WM-F30, complete with TV sound! Slightly chunky looking, but Sony was the first to complement VHF tv audio with AM and FM. Uncommon, but these still pop up on occasion at tag sales and flea markets.


1982. Sony’s first recording Walkman. Yes, another valuable model. Yes, we want one.


1983. Okay, there are two Sports models we like. This is the other, a solar-powered model. Unsure if it was ever available in the U.S.


1981. Minimalist design is the trait that comes to mind with this model. This was the first tuner-only model in the Walkman line, and it’s probably the one that pops into the average person’s head when they hear the word “Walkman.” This makes sense, the SRF-30W was a big seller back in the early 80s–it was affordable, small and it performed well.


1989. The 10-year anniversary model. This was the smallest tuner-cassette Walkman to date, “design and production based on the concept of fantastic sound anytime, anywhere.”


1985. This has got to be the most unique and over-the-top Walkman ideas of all time–a portable stereo with dual cassette capability! One side plays, the other plays and records. Sold around 1985, the WM-W800 was priced at around $150. Here’s one of Sony’s press pictures.


1983. Again, Sony sets the standard for what all portable stereos should be. Late in the year, Sony released the WM-10, the smallest, best-sounding cassette player ever. Only slightly larger than the cassette itself, this Walkman featured Dolby noise reduction and new engineering–specifically, an electronically controlled motor speed that resulted in stable sound and low “wow.” In 1983, this was on everyone’s Christmas list. The silver models seem to pop most frequently, but on occasion you may find one in gold.


1983. We puzzled with this one–we find no indication that this model was sold before the WM-F2. So why the lower model number? Perhaps in Japan this actually was released first. It’s not at all like the WM-F2, it’s larger, mostly plastic and lacks the futuristic looks. It did however sport dual headphone jacks, local/dx tuning switch and a hefty belt clip and strap. Sold for under $90 new.


1984. Plain-jane cassette player. What’s with the maple leaf, eh?


198?. I don’t believe this particular model ever reached US shores. This Walkman demonstrates Sony’s departure from the belt-driven capstan mechanism, utilizing a “disc drive” capstan. The result is a more durable walkman with lower wow and flutter. This bright red beauty was found in Europe, where Sony apparently felt more comfortable marketing a wider variety of models in various colors. In America, the average ’80s Sony Walkman was black, silver or possibly a sporty yellow.


1986. What the…? For years, Sony marketed the Wakman as a personal stereo experience until this one. The WM-F57 was outfitted with a tiny speaker elmininating the need for headphones. This model shares the same chassis as the WM-F77, my favorite Sony Walkman of all time. It has auto-reverse, local/dx FM sensitivity switch.


198?. We’ve got to thank our friend Jeroen Morrien of the Netherlands for bringing this terrific Walkman to our attention. This is clearly of 1985 or 1986 vintage, yet it’s equipped with two headphone jacks. How retro. The five-band eq was very much in vogue in the mid to late ’80s. Very sharp model and not a popular model. Great pic, thanks Jeroen!!


1985. My mom shelled out well over $80 to Caldor for this model. The chassis feels a little platicky, but it’s got everything you could want: auto- reverse, graphic eq, direction change and indicator, FM sensitivity and Dolby NR switch. I recently found another for $15, NOS (new old stock) still in the box. Who says you need Ebay to find these vintage gems? Here’s the box.

A Note on Sony Model Numbers: Stereo cassette players in the Walkman line originated with a “WM” followed by numbers and/or letters. The “F” in the model indicates the unit contains a tuner; and “R” indicates a recordable; absence of a letter after the dash indicates a cassette player model. The SRF line consists are tuner-only portables (SRF=Stereo Radio FM?)

Miscellaneous Personal Stereo Models

Akai PM-01

1981. Akai was a leader in consumer audio and video electronics throughout the ’80s, and their PM-01 was a reflection of their product quality. This portable stereo was one of the earliest portable stereos, sold in 1981 for around $175. The chassis is refined pearl white color with silver trim, protected in a blue vinyl case. The buttons are large and solid; the metal volume slide controls have the perfect tension. This stereo, like many of the day was equipped with dual headphone jacks and a “talk” button that activated an amplified microphone, allowing the user sing along with the music, or listen to ambient noise during his personal music experience. Akai also equipped the PM-01 with an FM tuner module shape (FM-01) like an audio cassette. Load the stereo with this piece and listen to FM radio, as well..

Proton 100 FM Stereo Receiver

1982. Top-notch audio and video component company decides to hop on the portable stereo bandwagon and charge twice the average price. Needless to say, Proton didn’t last very long in the walkman market. This the only release we could find, the 100 FM Stereo Receiver. It was a portable that boasted sound rivaling audiophile-grade home equipment, equipped with Proton headphones and a very simple design.

Unic Multiple Studio RV-2

1981. One of the earliest affordable portable stereos to hit the streets complete with cassette and AM/FM tuning was this one, by Unic. Called the “Multiple Studio” this giant portable had a bevy of features: LED indicators, eject button, dual headphone jacks and DC power capability. This is the largest personal stereo I’ve ever seen–it weighs over a pound without batteries and it’s twice the size of the Sony WM-F100. The manual boasts a “4-track 2-channel stereo” and circuitry including 4 ICs, 11 transistors, 12 diodes and 2 LEDs.

Stewart ST977

1982. Stewart’s ST977 stereo cassette player is just of glimpse of the junk from China and Hong Kong that inundated a world captivated by Sony’s TPS-L12 Walkman. Since the average person in 1981 couldn’t afford to drop over $100 on a portable radio, models like this one from Stewart were well-received. This one featured separate left and right volume controls and an eject button–two luxury features found on only the priciest portables of later years. In the early days however, nearly all Walkmans and portable cassette players had these features. Also note the controls (Stewart called it a Cue System): play, fast forward and stop. Where’s the rewind? Well, to make a portable affordable, you gotta cut corners somewhere, right? Here’s another pic.

Craig Soundalong J700

1981. The first discount walkman was Craig’s Soundalong, priced at around $100 back in ’81. It featured most of Sony’s TPS-L2, but lacked the performance and size. The Soundalong offered a “hotline” style microphone, twin headphone jacks, and left and right volume controls. This was a bulky portable stereo, but it fit nicely in its snazzy little nylon and velcro carrying case. I hate to admit it, but this is one of my favorites.

Casio RD-10

1985. Casio made brief entrance into the portable stereo market back in 1985 with the RD-10–the thinnest FM stereo to date. Our friend Oscar discovered this in an Orange, CA pharmacy way back when and hasn’t let go if it since–in fact, he grabbed a second! He paid $13 for it–now that was money well spent! Don’t let go of this one, it was Casio’s first effort at a micro-portable stereo, a magical gadget indeed. Thanks Oscar!

Casio RD-100

1986. Following the RD-10, Casio released the RD-100, another credit-card size FM stereo. The RD-100 had a combination power/mono stereo switch, and an AC charger and bud headphones–both plugged into the card using a unique ultra-thin jack. This particular model was very short-lived and like many of Casio’s products, available only for a few months.

KLH Solo

1982. Japanese electronics company Kyocera was an early force in the portable game with their Solo. The Solo initially hit the scene in late 1980. Pictured above is a high-tech looking 1982 model featuring an unusual clear plastic well-door, left & right volume controls, twin headphone jacks, auto-reverse, an FM/FM stereo cassette module for radio reception and according to its buyers, good performance. DAK was a chief distributor for the initial Solo and the subsequent release in 1982. The one pictured initially sold for over $150, but by late 1983 had dropped to $70.

JC Penney SurroundSound

1981. US department store and catalog distributor JC Penney would not be left in the cold amidst the profitable “walkman craze” so they released their SurroundSound portable line. No relation to the everyday stereo effect we enjoy today–could JC Penney have coined this phrase nearly 20 years before? Interesting… Like Sears, JC Penney usually resold a another company’s product with their brand name slapped on it. Wonder who made the SurroundSound? Both the radio and cassette player look nice and seem to feature left-right volume controls, twin headphone jacks and carrying case. The player sold for just under $100, the radio was around $30. Check the picture of the a AM/FM stereo–don’t you wish you were the guy in the corner picture?

Olympus SR11

1982. We’re all familiar with the Olympus cameras, but their Pearlcorder micro-cassette recorder line was well-respected among businessmen in the ’70s and ’80s. Sometime in the early ’80s, Olympus crossed over into the portable stereo line with the SR11. A very tough unit to find today, the SR11 was feature-packed–it recorded in stereo onto micro-cassette from microphone or separate audio device (via its line-in jacks), had an FM tuner, tape counter, tape speed option, stereo/mono setting and battery LED indicator. Very well-made portable despite the child-like road-runner cartoon in the corner. A nice selection of colors: offered in gray, blue, black and red. Here’s a picture of the box.

Unitech Pocket Concert Plus

1982. We discovered an ad for this one while perusing an old Popular Electronics one afternoon. Distributed by DAK, a popular ’80s catalog sales company, the $69.50 Pocket Concert Plus was made to “satisfy angry customers everywhere.” Apparently the original Concert Plus sold out, and DAK promised customers something better. The average person looks at this and probably sees a piece of junk. And, well, they’re right. This ain’t no Sony or Aiwa, but it does have one nice feature–the FM tuner module. This tiny radio is shaped like a cassette and slides into the player, allowing the listener to tune in the FM band. Stations were selected using a little dial on the top. This was very cool concept in portable stereo technology at the time that was also being done by Toshiba, Sanyo and Sharp. Obviously, DAK was jumping on the portable bandwagon with the Pocket Concert Plus. We wonder if this was their own imaginary name for the unit–do you see “Pocket Concert Plus” mentioned anywhere on the player?

Hattori Seiko Mr. FM

198?. Seiko’s Mr. FM is probably one of the small FM radios ever sold. Its design was simple and appealing–it consisted of two pieces that hooked to the ear with rubber hooks. They were connected by a single insulated wire, and that was it, no cassette-sized receiver, no belt clip, nothing. One side had a battery compartment and off-hi-lo switch for controlling power and volume, the other had a tuning knob; both powered sound to the ears. Mr. FM was elegant and simple, but some reason the concept never took off. To our knowledge, this was Seiko’s only endeavor into the portable stereo market.

Realistic Stereo-Mate RCP-19

1985. Radio Shack was probably one of the top US distributors of portable stereos in the ’80s–their cost and convenience made something like this Stereo-Mate RCP-19 available to anyone. This particular model was feature-packed and small, too. It offered left-right volume controls, normal/metal tape selector, Dolby noise reduction and auto-reverse! Take a look at this picture and check out the cool LED indicator for tape direction. Slap a pair of high-end Nova’s on this baby and you’ve got some wicked sound!

Realistic Stereo-Mate 12-111

1982. Very sturdy AM/FM portable stereo by Realistic. Tuning knobs prominently placed on top so one could tune as they were jogging or cycling. Very small left-right balance dial in the back (where it should be–how often does one really use this feature?) This is the only walkman we know of that used a 3/4″ headphone jack.

Realistic Stereo-Mate SCP-5

1984. Don’t be deceived by the photo–the tuner display is actually positioned at a slant–the scanner makes it look like it’s been living underwater for the past decade.. This portable featured AM and FM tuning, auto-reverse, separate left-right volume control, a Dolby NR switch (labelled “out” and “in” for some reason) and a normal/metal tape switch. Feature-packed for the period, of course.

Sansui FX-W51R

1986. Nice package–sleek black chassis with chrome highlights, feels durable. AM/FM tuner, equalizer and auto-reverse and auto-repeat features are nice, controls place smartly on the side. LEDS to indicate tape position are nice, too. But where’s the friggin’ rewind? Sadly, no matter how much you play with the equalizer, the cassette audio still sounds crappy. Maybe I got hold of a lemon, but the wow feels like it about 10% on this. No wonder why Sansui dropped out of the walkman market.

dbx PPA-1 Silencer

1983. Wow, I’ve got to get my hands on one of these. It’s not a portable stereo, it’s an add-on marketed for portable stereo cassette owners way back as a solution for noise reduction! dbx was an early competitor to Dolby in the early days and the portable was a hot market for NR. This incredible little gadget was fitted between the cassette player and headphones. The NR circuitry kicked in with the flip of the switch allowig only hiss-free sound to reach the ears. Though it wasn’t advertised anywhere on the unit, another flip of the switch allowed the user to enable Dolby B noise reduction. Sadly, the PPA-1 never caught on.

Grundig Beat-Boy 100

1981. News to us, Grundig made a TPS-L2-like portable stereo, called the Beat-Boy. One can see Grundig desperately trying to emulate the innovator by coming up with its own witty, cute name for a portablet, though the German manufacturer is well-known in the US for its shortwave receivers, and their brand name commands respect among SWL-ers. In Europe, Grundig is known as an all-around consumer electronics manufacturer, and their quality is, or at least was in the 70s and 80s. The Beatboy appears to have all the features of other portables in that time period. The disco-roller skater on the box is a nice touch, too.

Nippon (NEC) FS-884

1982. Another “boat anchor” from the dawn of portable stereos, Nippon’s FS-884 closely resembled the TPS-L2 in looks, right down to the gray-blue color. This was obviously an effort to “one-up” Sony by including an FM tuner. Paul’s a fan of these huge beasts–he didn’t think twice about pulling this one from an electronics shop in Manhattan recently.

Nippon PS-883

198?. This oddity was spotted at a camera shop of all places, lurking behind a giant ghetto blaster of the same brand name. Yes, those are stereo speakers which detach from each side of the walkman. No matter how much I negotiated, I couldn’t talk the salesman down from his asking price of $80 (slashed from the 1980s price of $160, a real bargain!).

JIL Citizen JWS556-S

1984. We’re at a loss to figure out what the name of this thing is. Those of you familiar with wristwatches can see the Citizen name on the bottom of the unit. However, the manufacturer mentioned in the manual is Jutan International Limited, or JIL. We’re guessing the intent of this no-name brand was to dupe buyers into thinking they’re were getting a brand-name walkman. This company distributed several varieties of portables to Canada under the names Citizen, Candle and Walkymusic. It’s pretty confusing. At any rate, the performance of this model is on par with other discount brands, though the features for the time are fair: left-right volume slide controls, twin headphone jacks, AM & FM tuning and LED indicators for each, normal and metal tape switch. Ugh, another clunker with no rewind button. Gotta flip the tape and fast forward if you want to get back to the beginning of the tape.

GE 7-1600

1983. Nice little unit offered by General Electric with plenty of functionality in a small package. The 71600 offers AM-FM-FM Stereo listening and the separate volume levers for left and right channels are a nice touch. Sold in Service Merchandise for $25.

GE 7-5270

1981. GE’s response to the Walkman was the Escape line offered in local department stores at reasonable prices. The Stereo Tape Escape, a cassette player was offered initially, was then followed by the Stereo Radio Escape, an portable FM stereo and the Great Escape featured both an radio tuner and cassette player. The Stereo Tape Cassette was offered initially and featured separate left and right volume levers, two headphone jacks, a hi-lo tone switch and a mute button. Not quite a “Hot Line” button, this simply cut the sound to the headphones when pressed.

Sharp WF-50G

1981. Sharp perpetuated radio “tuner pack” trend in personal stereos with this model. The WF-50G is remarkably similar to the initial Toshibas right down to the color scheme of the pleather carrying case. The Sharp feels solid, probably due to the metal chassis but has a simple mute button rather than the cooler talk button. Check out the close-up of the removable FM tuner pack!

Mura Hi-Stepper HI-6

1982. For all of us whose weekly allowances just couldn’t handle the purchase of an SRF-30W, thank goodness we could turn to Mura. The Japanese electronics company was known for their affordable telephone and microphones, so entering the portable stereo and headphones market seemed logical. The Hi-Stepper line was a big hit in discount and department stores. Jay and I remember vividly the portable stereo shelves at K-Mart being filled with boxes like this one. This was a nice little stereo–reception was good, both the receiver and headphones were well-made, too. If you find one of these on your travels today, chances are it’ll work fine!

Mura Hi-Stepper HI-EX3

1985. The HI-EX line started in 1982 and was Mura’s flagship portable stereo, combining functionality and good sound in a slim package. The initial model offered hi-lo tone switch and FM stereo reception. This particular model offered AM/FM and FM stereo reception. Both dropped the notion of an on/off switch–when the bud earphones were plugged into the jack, the radio powered up.

Mura Hi-Stepper HI-3

1982. Mura’s initial portable stereo. Very successful, mainly because it provided AM and FM stereo sound at an affordable price. A recessed balance knob was located on the back and easy access volume and tuning knobs were mounted on the top. Yes, they took Sony’s “Mystereo” look and feel and implemented into their own product, but who could blame them. The design was a good one. Those who wanted to go even cheaper could grab the FM-only HI-6.

Fisher PH-45

198?. Fisher is well-known in the home audio arena, but did you they also manufactured portables? Probably not, if you live in the US, as they were far more popular in Europe. This PH-45 is a slim stereo cassette that offered AM and FM tuning through the separate tuner pack module. The anti-rolling mechanism indicates this one was probably sold around 1986. This was also brought to our attention by Vassilios from Greece. Thanks again, Vassilios!

Philips Sky Way D6628

1982. This clunky plastic thing has charm but is nonetheless one of the more cost-conscious models of the day. The FM stereo cassette Sky Way was awkward, but did come with a shoulder strap. There are FM stereo and battery LED indicators, a balance and volume slide controls. Recessed cassette controls include a stop/eject button, play and rewind. The Sky Way had no fast-forward control. We believe Magnavox marketed the same models in the US under the Sky Master line.

Koss Musicbox

1981. Handy little “stereophone” receiver from headphone giant Koss that offered some unique functions–local/DX switch, stereo LED, hi/lo tone setting and an LED indicator that displayed when more than 95dB was travelling to the headphones. We assume this was to serve as a warning the user of a health risk. The wrist strap looks a little annoying. These were common on the portable transistor radios from the previous decade, but were pretty much phased out as the Walkman boom hit. In 1983, Koss enhanced the MusicBox by going digital. We believe this is the first walkman to feature digital tuning.

Cybernet Mini Concert PS-01

1981. This portable reached the masses through one of the many ad blitzes by DAK in the early ’80s. DAK called this the “Pocket Concert Hall” but it was actually Cybernet’s Mini Concert, a wannabe Sony TPS-L2 with all the looks and functionality of the real mccoy, but with a nice price–$69. DAK claims in their ad that over 100,000 of these had been manufactured using Sony-grade hi quality, but the product couldn’t compete with the plummetting prices of the Walkman and cheap knockoffs from Hong Kong. So, Cybernet “logically” opts to sell their remaining 35,000 units for nearly half the wholesale price. We’re not sure what the result of this marketing campaign was, but this baby is pretty rare these days.

Chikuma C-1 FM Tuner Cassette Module

1981. Back in the early days of portable stereos, cassette players with AM or FM tuners were a rarity. A cheap and effective way of bringing radio listening to your cassette-only Walkman was to purchase one of these. This cassette-shaped FM receiver was inserted into the player–when the user “played” the module, he was able to listen to the radio! The device worked much like a current day CD player-to-cassette player adapter in that the magnetic signal was sent into the tape head and converted to audio. Very cool idea, and portables with this feature are among our favorites.

E.R.S. Street Walker I

1981. Another example of the Walkman copycat epidemic was this sad little plastic radio, called the Street Walker. Powered by three penlight batteries, this “PLL Synthesized” stereo receiver tuned AM and FM and had an onboard microphone for its talk feature.

Rhapsody AM/FM Stereo

198?. This little portable stereo is actually pretty well made. The color scheme is a little tacky, but it has a stereo/mono switch, left and right volume control knobs and a stereo LED indicator. It’s nice that they actually spelled out amplitude modulation and frequency modulation on the tuner readout, just in case you forget.

Unisef V-2

1982. Unisef is one of those no-name brand johnny-come-latelys that was eager to produce affordable personal stereos like this one, the V-2. It lacks a rewind button and a volume slide control that imitates one with separate left and right channels control. Surprisingly enough, this model is made in Japan but nonetheless has a cheap feel to it. It has a stereo/mono switch and an FM tuner. That blue tape location indicator in the window is a cheap paper sticker that’s about to peel off.

Windsor CS-880

1982. Another cheapie from our friends in Hong Kong, the CS-880 offered AM and FM tuning, green and red LED band indicator, stereo/mono switch, left right balanace knob and twin headphone jacks. Its protective sheath was a sleak, sexy black vinyl.

Medana Pocket-Mate

198?. Medana could easily be written off as yet another Hong Kong knock-off manufacturer, but somehow, perhaps accidentally, creativity reared its head in some of their products. The Pocket-Mate is one example. You’ve got your calculators and you’ve got your walkmans, but why not roll the two together? Come to think of it, why not add a clock too? Medana did just that, and came up with a snazzy little product. At first glance, you might anticipate the tuning being digital and using the calculator’s LCD display, but no such luck. Only a drab FM radio and run-of-the-mill calculator, but the Pocket-Mate was probably priced at around $20-30, making it a real bargain.