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WM-33

WM-33, picture by Nick Jarman

The basic WM-33 was an entry-level model that aimed to offer Sony quality and prestige in a sector of the market which contained many offerings from lesser manufacturers, branded or otherwise. The Previous WM-22 had done very well in this role, offering high quality and durability at a very economical price. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

To keep the cost down, the WM-33 used some novel techniques. For the first time, the mechanism and the electronic printed circuit were not two separate parts but assembled as one, with the mechanical parts being assembled through holes in the circuit board. The mechanism, which was mostly made from moulded plastic, was remarkable in its absence of screws or other fixings and was mostly assembled by clipping the various parts together. The whole assembly was fitted into the cabinet without screws, instead pegs and spigots located it in place. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Despite this clever design, the WM-33 could not match the sound quality of the previous WM-22, nor was it as sturdy. Rigidity is an important aspect of the design of any tape recorder and the WM-33 was just not strong enough to give really good results. The amplifiers also did not seem capable of the same volume and clarity as those of the earlier model. Even the fitting of a graphic equaliser, an unusual feature for a budget machine, did not help to redress the balance. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Despite being a definite step in the wrong direction, the WM-33 still sold well, and its mechanism and technique of construction were both used in many other models. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.