WM-33

Sony WM-33 feature
WML ID #250
Manufacturer
Sony
Model
WM-33
Year
1987
Made in
Japan
Technical details, specifications
Battery
2AA
Battery life
8h (with 2)
Colors
black red blue (dark) gray (matte)
Dimensions
120*88.2*35.2 mm (373 cm³)3D size
Weight
220 gr
Window
yes
Frame
plastic
Case
plastic
Carry
clip
Expandable
no
External compartment
no
Tape selector
Manual switch
Waterproof
no
Speaker
no
Frequency range
40-14000@1,@2,@4 Hz
FMax output
2x15 mW
Functions
DC in
yes
Record by input
no
Record by int mic
no
Hotline mode
no
Cue
no
Balance (L/R)
no
Phone type
1
Equalizer
yes (vis)
Auto volume no
Auto reverse
no
Anti rolling
no
AMS no
Blank skip no
Logic control
no
Hold lock
no
Noise reduction
no
Radio
no
Remote control
no
Wireless headphone
no
Indicator
led
Description

A simple Walkman with 3 band equalizer.
WM-33 and WM-43 feature a status LED, WM-32 does not.
Came with the MDR-010L headphones.

The basic WM-33 was an entry-level model that aimed to offer Sony quality and prestige in a market segment that contained many offerings from lesser manufacturers, branded or otherwise. Previously, the WM-22 had done very well, offering high quality and durability at a very economical price.

To keep the cost down, the WM-33 used some novel techniques. For the first time, the mechanism and the electronic printed circuit were not two separate parts but assembled as one, with the mechanical parts being assembled through holes in the circuit board. The mechanism was mostly made from moulded plastic. In its absence of screws or other fixings it was mostly assembled by clipping the various parts together. The whole assembly was fitted into the cabinet without screws, instead pegs and spigots kept it in place.

Despite this clever design, the WM-33 could not match sturdiness nor the sound quality of the previous WM-22. Rigidity is an important aspect of the design of any tape recorder and the WM-33 was just not strong enough to give really good results. The amplifiers also did not seem capable of the same volume and clarity as those of the earlier model. Even the fitting of a graphic equaliser, an unusual feature for a budget machine, did not help to redress the balance.

Although a step in the wrong direction, the WM-33 still sold well. Its mechanism and technique of construction were both used in many other models.Via Walkman Central (edited)

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Photos reused with permission from boxedwalkman on IG.
Created
2023-09-16 18:34:48
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