WM-3000Duo-Windo

Sony WM-3000 feature
WML ID #372
Manufacturer
Sony
Model
WM-3000
Nick
Duo-Windo
Gang
Pioneers
Year
1989
Made in
Taiwan
Technical details, specifications
Battery
2AA
Battery life
8h (with 2)
Colors
red
Dimensions
137*95.3*40.4 mm (527 cm³)3D size
Weight
265 gr
Window
yes
Frame
plastic
Case
plastic
Carry
belt
Expandable
no
External compartment
no
Tape selector
Only T1 compatible
Waterproof
no
Speaker
no
Frequency range
40-15000 Hz
FMax output
2x15 mW
Functions
DC in
no
Record by input
no
Record by int mic
no
Hotline mode
no
Cue
no
Balance (L/R)
no
Phone type
1
Equalizer
no
Auto volume yes
Auto reverse
no
Anti rolling
no
AMS no
Blank skip no
Logic control
no
Hold lock
no
Bass
no
Noise reduction
no
Radio
no
Remote control
no
Wireless headphone
no
Indicator
no
Description

One of the My First Sony range, aimed at kids. Front and rear window, the latter showing the mechanism. Object in the rear view window are closer than they appear?

Aimed at children with generous parents, “my first Sony” was intended to break into the market for children’s audio equipment (popularised by the wide availability of stories on tape) that had been previously been dominated by the likes of Fisher-Price and Tomy. Whilst some of the well-known Japanese manufacturers had released brightly coloured cassette players and radios which may or may not have appealed to children before, “my first Sony” was a dedicated complete range from a company that also made “serious” products such as colour TV sets, VTRs, proper hi-fi and broadcast equipment.

Most importantly, the WM-3000 had to be safe for children to use. All edges were made smooth and rounded and the battery cover could not be detached, eliminating a choking hazard. Throughout the initial period of popularity for the personal stereo, fears had been voiced that playing music at high volumes through headphones cold damage the listener’s hearing, something that would not be an acceptable risk for growing children. To prevent this, the WM-3000 was the first personal stereo cassette player to incorporate a volume limiter. This would later become a common feature across the Walkman range, where it was known as “AVLS”. Rather than simply restrict the range of the volume control, the limiter monitored the level going to the headphones and cut the gain of the amplifier back if it was deemed excessive. Thus the system retained the same maximum sound intensity, regardless of how the tape was recorded. The limiter could be turned off, but the switch was recessed and so could only be operated by an adult using a pen or small screwdriver.

To interest children in the workings of the machine, a clear viewing window was placed at the rear so that the wheels inside could be seen rotating as the tape played. The plastic parts were moulded in brightly coloured plastics, a nice detail. The capstan flywheel was coloured blue and printed with a spiral of yellow dots. When viewed under electric light, a stroboscopic pattern was formed as the flywheel turned, adding yet more interest.

The WM-3000 came with a matching pair of red MDR-006 headphones and red carrying strap. It gave similar results to the WM-B10 (and many other basic models), though it was the first Walkman since the TPS-L2 not to have a setting for chrome or metal tape playback.Via Walkman Central (edited)

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Photos reused with permission from boxedwalkman on IG.
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2024-04-09 19:52:16
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