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Sony Walkman

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:21 pm

I have several Walkmans, but one of my favourite is the SRF-M37W. It is no longer in production, but today I was able to pick up a second one for $1 at a yard sale. Now I'll be able to keep one at home and the other here in Florida.

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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by audiophile » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:24 pm

Alright! You're then radio man!


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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:26 pm

Oops. I see it still is available new, online from Walmart.

https://www.walmart.com/search/?page=2& ... ductResult



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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by RingtailedFox » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:49 am

I have a couple of Sony walkmans.. i remember having a yellowish one frmo the early 1990s right up to... 2005-ish when it finally died. i loved it. was a good, rugged little thing that survived all the jogs and bike rides i took it on. :D

found an older mid-1980s walkman at a yardsale too... love all the silver finish on that one..


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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by macgoldfan » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:07 am

I still have mine, best little radio. I keep it in my emergency back pack.

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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by bmw » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:05 pm

I never had a Sony, but I did (and still do) have the following portable radio/cassette from AIWA:

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The radio sucked as far as reception goes, but the sound quality was quite good. I still have it in storage and I believe it still works.



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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by k8jd » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:33 pm

I had a few of similar tiny Radio/casette players. They worked fairly well on FM , used the earfone cord as an antenna, but miserable on AM with no room for much ferrite loopstick inside, maybe could get 5 or 6 local stations.



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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:54 pm

I have this SRF 59, I got about 8 years ago. At the time it cost around $15. They're no longer on the market and I've heard that used ones are now going for up to $50.

Probably more by accident that by design, it has a super AM section. That has made the radio a real hit with the ultralight DXers. It is a pretty hot little radio but the analog dial is tiny and the calibration isn't very accurate.

I use it all the time when I go for walks. Once, I took it out of my pocket when I got home and forgot to shut it off. I picked it up 4 days later and it was still playing.

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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by Deleted User 14803 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:34 pm

I had one to the battery life is 100+hrs mine was chopped up by my ridding lawn mower the belt clip gave way and that was it.



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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by innate-in-you » Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:02 pm

I bought an SRF-59 new a few years ago, and still have it. Performance was okay, but nothing legendary.

My 1970 Realistic Solid-State Diplomat (Radio Shack house brand) is better than my SRF-59 for AM DX, has a speaker, as well as an earphone jack.

Of course, it lacks FM, and is twice as thick as the SRF-59.
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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by innate-in-you » Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:07 pm

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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:06 pm

This is my oldest Walkman. SRF 38. FM only. I got it about 25 years ago. It still works great. I just now tried googling Sony
SRF 38 to get more information. Nothing came up.


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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:12 pm

Back in the late 70s or early 80s, when the Walkman was first introduced, I'd have loved to have one. But we were dirt poor back then and I couldn't even dream of owning a Walkman.

My wife, bless her heart, saved up her money and got me this for Christmas. I accepted it gratefully and didn't tell her it wasn't really a Walkman.

I still have it and it still works. It's a pretty decent radio. It's AM - FM but the FM is only mono. Back then, the only FM station where we lived was CBC and it was only mono anyway.


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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by SolarMax » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:55 pm

The actual main radio I still use for late-night AM listening is a Sony SRF-22W Walkman that I won as a door prize in the early 80s. The AM receiver is amazingly hot and quite selective. FM section however is not too great. FM front end is prone to overload and intermod, even though I'm some miles from nearest FM site. It does have a Local-DX switch but it attenuates too much, knocking out both the intermod and the desired station.
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Re: Sony Walkman

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:26 am

That's one I haven't seen before. Thanks for posting it.



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