WM-D6CDaddy C(ool)

Sony WM-D6C feature
WML ID #14
Manufacturer
Sony
Model
WM-D6C
Nick
Daddy C(ool)
Series
DD Professional
Gang
Dolby C
Together
3
Year
1984
Made in
Japan
Initial price
60000 ¥Today 518 $
Technical details, specifications
Battery
4AA
Battery life
6h (with 3)
Colors
black
Dimensions
181*40*95 mm (688 cm³)3D size
Weight
640 gr
Window
yes
Frame
metal
Case
metal
Carry
belt case
Expandable
no
Head
Laser Amorphous (gen 1)
Drive
DiscDrive, Quarz locked
Tape selector
Manual switch
Waterproof
no
Speaker
no
Frequency range
40-15000 Hz
FMax output
2x30 mW
Functions
DC in
yes
Record by input
yes
Record by int mic
no
Hotline mode
no
Cue
yes
Balance (L/R)
yes
Phone type
1
Equalizer
no
Auto volume no
Auto reverse
no
Anti rolling
yes
AMS no
Blank skip no
Logic control
no
Hold lock
no
Bass
no
Noise reduction
Dolby BC NR
Radio
no
Remote control
no
Wireless headphone
no
Indicator
led
Description

The daddy of the Walkman cassette range, produced for pro users with a host of features.

This updated model added to the strengths of the WM-D6 by offering an important extra feature: Dolby C noise reduction. This system, which operated in playback and record, improved the dynamic range considerably. Including Dolby C noise reduction in a compact portable was not easy, and the integrated circuits which performed most of the functions had to be made by Sony themselves. The fact that this extra function could be fitted to the WM-D6 without making it any larger was amazing, though it forced some changes, for example the second headphone socket was no longer fitted.

Other useful modifications were made at the same time. Most useful of these was the addition of a line-in connector, which allowed direct connection to other audio equipment without having to use the microphone socket. This was a great improvement and helped to reduce the background noise level when recordings were made from line sources, such as a CD player, second tape recorder or a mixing desk. The level meter was also altered so that as well as showing the recording level or the battery condition, it could be switched off to save battery power.

The WM-D6C can easily be identified from the earlier WM-D6 version because the “professional” script on the top cover is green instead of yellow. The WM-D6C could not really be improved upon and so remained in production almost unaltered for many years. However, two significant changes did occur, both in the latter part of the production run. Firstly, the excellent and very effective amorphous head with its distinctive parabolic grind was replaced by a simpler, cheaper permalloy type of a cylindrical section. This later head is noticeably more wear prone and therefore could not be considered an improvement. Only latterly was the “amorphous head” script removed from the badge on the front of the machine so it cannot be used as a reliable guide to which type is fitted. Secondly, the printed circuit was re-drafted to use surface mounted components. These were much smaller than the types used originally, though as the size of the recorder stayed the same the only advantage was a reduction in the cost of assembly. The circuit remained substantially the same as before and offered near identical performance.Via walkmancentral

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Speed Tune, tape counter. Pointy amorphous heads only for units with low serial number (gen 1)
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