whatever reason, Sony has made this technical marvel available
- in Japan only. We bet that this might make it an instant collectors
item for every boomer who grew up buying a new WalkMan every
perhaps the final, or near final, version of the portable tape
cassette player, the WM-WE01's design captures the spirit, style
and innovation that have been characteristic of the Walkman
product throughout its entire life.
in a sleek, ultra-thin, barely larger than the actual audio
cassette steel-blue case, this "special device" includes
a feature new to the Walkman line…an ability to control cassette
operations, and listen to them, via a fully wireless connection.
This is accomplished with a wireless receiver headset and a
1-˝ inch diameter disc-shaped remote control.
remote has a clip on the back, allowing you to attach the device
to a shirt pocket, jacket, or simply the top of your pants pocket.
Functions accessible from the remote include: repeat, fast forward,
rewind, stop, and a hold function to prevent inadvertent battery
for the audio performance of this unit, it fully lives up to
the great sound that you have come to expect from the Sony Walkman
series. Equipped with Dolby noise reduction, Sony's proprietary
AVLS volume adjustment technology, and "groove" bass enhancement,
this product delivers across the full audio spectrum with virtually
no distortion. As the product is only available in Japan, the
pricing comes in at around $200 on the yen-to-dollar conversion.
is a true collector's item, as Sony is now moving aggressively
into the world of digital audio players, first with the VAIO
Music Clip Personal Network Player, then the NW-E3 Network Walkman
Digital Music Player, and the NW-MS7 Digital Music Player that
accepts Sony 64MB MagicGate Memory Stick media. But all of these
new toys are for a separate article…
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to find out more about the Sony Design Center? There is a great book
by Paul Kunkel - "Digital Dreams: The Work of the Sony Design
Center" for $28 at Amazon.com.
Anybody who likes Sony's equipment should get this for the "coffee