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WM-3060

WM-3060, picture by Nick Jarman

The WM-3060 was, put simply, a WM-3000 but with a built-in loudspeaker. The usual design rules of the “my first Sony” range were all followed, so it was sturdy and safe for children to use. The loudspeaker was of a special type that was thin enough to mount in the cassette door. The magnet was shielded so that the tape being played was not damaged. Despite its small size, the loudspeaker was surprisingly powerful and could produce a bright, clear sound. The cassette viewing window was covered mostly by the loudspeaker, though a transparent ring around the outside of the grille allowed a little of the cassette to be seen. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

In detail, there were a few other differences between the WM-3060 and the WM-3000. The addition of the loudspeaker required a new printed circuit board with an extra mono amplifier. The headphone socket also gained a switch so that the loudspeaker was switched off when the headphones were in use. Lastly, the clear window at the rear through which the mechanism could be viewed was made slightly larger. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

As a basic model, it did not really make sense to produce the WM-3060 in Sony’s own factories in Japan, so instead it was made under license in Taiwan. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.