WM-DC2C, a line out!

Sony WM-DC2 feature
WML ID #170
Manufacturer
Sony
Model
WM-DC2
Nick
C, a line out!
Series
DD
Gang
Dolby C
Year
1984
Made in
Japan
Initial price
35000 ¥Today 302 $
Technical details, specifications
Battery
2AA
Colors
black
Dimensions
79*109*29 mm (250 cm³)3D size
Weight
305 gr
Window
yes
Frame
plastic
Case
metal
Carry
pouch
Expandable
no
External compartment
no
Head
Laser Amorphous
Drive
DiscDrive
Tape selector
Manual switch
Waterproof
no
Speaker
no
Frequency range
40-15000@4 Hz
FMax output
2x20 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
no
Auto volume no
Auto reverse
no
Anti rolling
yes
AMS no
Blank skip no
Logic control
no
Hold lock
no
Noise reduction
Dolby BC NR
Radio
no
Remote control
no
Wireless headphone
no
Indicator
led
Description

Essentially a WM-DDII with quartz lock and Dolby C noise reduction, using the same ICs as the D6C (released in the same year).

The WM-DC2 was the final step in the path which led from the world’s smallest personal stereo (the WM-2) to this latest version: the world’s best personal stereo. Building on the already excellent WM-DD2, there was little left to add, though the designers hit upon an area to improve and in so doing elevated the WM-DC2 above all others.

The key addition was that of Dolby C NR. This new system promised even greater dynamic range than had been achievable with the previous arrangement and raised cassette performance in line with the expectations that Compact Disc had brought. To implement Dolby C in a personal stereo required special integrated circuits that were not commercially available, so Sony made their own. As most pre-recorded tapes were encoded in Dolby B, this option was included too. The switches for Dolby and tape type were fitted with yellow indicators that were visible from the front of the case, just as with the WM-D6.

To complete the package, the WM-DC2 was also fitted with a special “laser amorphous head”. This component was unique to the model and was of top quality as well as being unusually wear resistant.

These changes made what had already been an expensive model into a very expensive model. From the outset, it was decided to offer the WM-DC2 as a “professional” model alongside the WM-D6C and the TC-D3. The idea of a professional playback-only personal stereo is not an easy one to grasp, though reasonable sales were recorded throughout a long production run. To aid the “professional” user, one of the headphone sockets was turned into a genuine line-out socket, for connection to an amplifier or a tape recorder.Via Walkman Central (edited)

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