List of companies, brands made walkmans


AIWA has been one of the most valuable makers of walkmans in the history. They have made some of the finest models, including most "world's 1st" walkmans (models which had a breaking new technology for the first time). The 80's decade was the most sucessful one before the Compact Disc takes the lead and SONY acquired the company.


Based in Hong Kong, although founded in Japan, it is manufacturer of consumer electronics. It was founded as Akai Electric Company Ltd in Tokyo, in 1946. After the collapse in 2000, the Akai brand is owned by Grande Holdings which distributes various electronic products. The "Akai Professional" electronic instrument division was spun off in 1999, after the company had already left the audio business in 1991.


Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (Kashio Keisanki Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese multinational electronics manufacturing corporation headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Its products included portable cassette equipment, calculators, mobile phones, (digital) cameras, electronic musical instruments, and analogue and digital watches.


Asahi Electric, a not so well-known manufacturer, from Japan released portable cassette devices under the Fair Mate brand name.


Originally a German consumer electronic company, Grundig GmbH was founded in 1945 by Max Grundig and eventually headquartered in Nuremberg. It grew to become one of the leading radio, TV, recorder and other electronics goods manufacturers of Europe in the following decades of the 20th century.



Japan Victor Company, founded in 1927.


This Japanese brand of consumer electronics is since 2011 owned by JVCKenwood, when Kenwood Corporation merged with JVC (Victor). They manufacture predominantly audio equipment such as cassette tape decks/recorders, radios, speakers, and other consumer electronics.


Both National and Panasonic were brands carried by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Various electronic devices, amongst others portable cassette players and recorders, were released initially under the National brand, and changed around the mid 80s to Panasonic. In 2008, the name of holding company was changed to Panasonic.


The company that invented the portable cassette format in the 60s.


Sanyo was an "also ran" during the Walkman heyday but the make’s models offered decent sound quality and plenty of features, usually below the MSRP of the leaders’ models. "Sanyo" translates to three oceans in English. In the early '80s, their personal stereo line was a strong one worldwide but success for the company petered out in North America and Europe. Sanyo continued in Japan and returned to worldwide distribution in the '90s with a super-cheap discount line.


The line was discontinued after 1981, but the Optonica line was again re-introduced in the late 1980s for a high end line of television receivers and higher quality mass market audio products such as VCR's, surround sound receivers, CD cassette boom boxes, and portable cassette players.


SONY has been the first brand in releasing a Walkman to the market, on 1979. It's been a very sucessful business for them, as they managed to sell over 400 million Walkmans worldwide until March 2010. Half of those (200,020,000 exactly) were cassette-based models.


This Japanese conglomerate was one of the oldest and largest active in consumer electronics. During that era, it produced many components like semiconductors that are commonly found in portable tape devices from most manufactures. They named their own walkmans as "Walky". It also released one of the first IBM-compatible laptops in the 80s.


JVC (short for Japan Victor Company) is a Japanese brand currently owned by JVCKenwood. Founded in 1927 as the Victor Talking Machine Company of Japan and later as Victor Company of Japan, Ltd., the company was best known for introducing Japan's first televisions and for developing the Video Home System (VHS) video recorder. They also produced portable audio devices, like cassette players and recorders, and MiniDisc devices.