WM-60

Sony WM-60 feature
WML ID #40
Manufacturer Sony
Model WM-60
Year 1986
Made in Japan
Technical details, specifications
Available colors black blue light red
Window yes
Carry Clip
Tape selector Manual switch
Functions
DC in yes
Record by input no
Record by int mic no
Hotline mode yes
 
Cue no
Balance (L/R) no
Phone type 3
Equalizer yes (vis)
Auto volume no
Auto reverse yes
AMS no
Blank skip no
Logic control no
Hold lock no
Bass no
Noise reduction Dolby B NR
Radio no
Radio tuner none
Radio bands 0
Remote control no
Wireless heaphone no
Indicator led
Description

Interesting model with 5 band graphic equalizer.

This unusual model was never that widely known and was not available for very long, which is a shame as it had some interesting details. Barely larger than the WM-2 series (if one discounted the projecting tape transport keys), it offered Dolby B NR, auto reverse with two modes (repeat/stop) and a five band graphic equaliser, which was built into the cassette door. It also featured dual headphone sockets, something that had not been seen for a while. The supplied headphones were of the banded in-ear type and could be folded for easy storage.

Mechanically, the WM-60 was most unusual. In a time when cassette mechanisms were being increasingly assembled from moulded plastic, the WM-60’s mechanical parts were mostly of pressed metal. The mechanism was quite complex, so many small metal parts were needed.

Normally an auto-reverse cassette transport is fairly symmetrical, operating in the same basic manner whether playing forwards or backwards. The WM-60 was different, using an asymmetrical layout that operated in a completely changed manner depending on direction. The reel clutches in particular were of contrasting design, with one being gear driven and the other friction operated. A system of two separate azimuth adjustments for the two directions of playback was fitted, as had been the case with the earlier WM-7. The arrangement was not so sucessful however, and proved difficult to adjust.

The WM-60 was nicely and neatly styled, with a metal cassette door, chromed control keys and a discreet colour scheme. It offered every feature one could want from a cassette player and was reasonably compact. It is strange that it was not more popular.
Via walkmancentral

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