The WM-B10 was the cheapest Walkman of the year, taking the place of the WM-33 and WM-22 models that had been available previously. The low price made it necessarily basic with the minimum of controls; only simple tape transport buttons, a volume wheel and a tape type selector switch (normal, chrome/metal) were fitted, even the customary battery indicator light was omitted. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
Mechanically the WM-B10 was similar to the WM-33 but employed a new type of head whose azimuth setting was fixed at manufacture and could not be subsequently adjusted. Another technical novelty was the brushless electronically controlled disc-type motor, a surprise fitment to such a lowly model. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
The WM-B10 was available in a choice of colours and all included the text “An essential item for modern life. Amazing sound any time, anywhere.” printed on the cassette door. Really intended as a fashion accessory rather than a serious audio product, the WM-B10 was not designed to be serviced or repaired and the cabinet was assembled without screws in such a way that it was difficult to open. It was around the same time that Sony ceased to repair lower value audio products if they failed within the guarantee period and offered replacements instead. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.