WM-F2

Sony WM-F2 feature
WML ID #8
Manufacturer
Sony
Model
WM-F2
Together
4
Year
1982
Made in
Japan
Initial price
42000 ¥Today 379 $
Technical details, specifications
Battery
2AA
Battery life
6h (with 2)
Colors
gray
Dimensions
80*140*34.3 mm (384 cm³)3D size
Weight
370 gr
Window
yes
Frame
metal
Case
plastic
Expandable
no
External compartment
no
Tape selector
Manual switch
Waterproof
no
Speaker
no
Frequency range
40-12000@1,40-13000@4, recording 50-9000@1 Hz
FMax output
2x20 mW
Functions
DC in
yes
Record by input
yes
Record by int mic
no
Hotline mode
yes
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
Bass
no
Noise reduction
no
Radio
yes
Radio tuner
manual
Radio bands
fm,tv
Remote control
no
Wireless headphone
no
Indicator
led
Description

The WM-F2 was a remarkably well-featured unit. Contained radio and could record, either from the radio or from an external source.

The WM-F2 was a remarkably well-featured unit. As well as being a compact stereo cassette player, it also contained an FM stereo radio and could record, either from the radio or from an external microphone, turntable or another Walkman.

The cassette deck parts of the WM-F2 were similar to those of the WM-2, with the addition of components required for recording and a tape counter. To save space and power, a permanent magnet was used to erase the tape during recording. This was disabled during playback by holding it away from the tape. Despite this, AC bias was still employed, for it gave better results than the technically simpler DC method. It could only record on type I tape, though it could play back type II and IV tapes. To enable recordings to be made more easily and accurately, a pause control was added to the normal WM-2 functions; it acted electrically by stopping the motor.

The radio section covered the FM band only and included a stereo decoder. The radio could be used for normal listening or could be recorded from, with automatic recording level adjustment. The headphone wires acted as FM antenna, so it had to be left connected during recording, even if no one was listening. An LED indicator was provided to show when an FM stereo broadcast was being received, along with one to show that the battery was in usable condition.

The casing of the WM-F2 was sleek and smart. The large surface was broken up visually by enlarging the black triangle in the corner that was a feature of the WM-2 and the FD-210BE Watchman TV, though the volume control was no longer a part of this, it had become a thumbwheel, like the tuning control, along the top of the machine. The cassette was loaded on the reverse side. The cassette lid was similar to that used for the WM-2, so a filler section was needed to make up the extra size of the casing.

Although undoubtedly very clever, the WM-F2 showed that unfortunately even Sony themselves didn’t really understand the Walkman idea at this stage. The original models had shown that a playback only machine, made compact and affordable by the removal of everything unnecessary, was what was really wanted, and that adding what had previously been carefully removed was not the best of ideas. Radio recorders would return to the Walkman range in the later years, though none were as complex and expensive to produce as this original model.Via walkmancentral (edited)

Quite commonly available in gray/silver, in red it is rare.Via Boxedwalkman on Instagram

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tape counter, FM 87,5-108 MHz
Created
2021-07-10 18:46:34
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2024-02-26 16:26:53
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