Sony

WM-D6C

Tape Machine

Main Details
Maker Sony Company Walkman Brand
Function
Form Factor Portable
Signal Path Analog Hardware
Made In Japan
Date Produced 1984-2002
Dimensions 7 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 3 3/4 inches (181 x 40 x 95 mm)
Weight 640 g (1 lb, 7 oz)
Power Source DC IN 6V positive outer ring ! or 4xAA @ 1.2V-1.5V
Frequency Response 40 - 15,000 Hz
Notes The most professional and best sounding Walkman ever made was used by many reporters and professionals in the field, replacing the older TCM-D5M with better features and more compact size and weight.
Most professional people brought more battery packs with them. The battery indicator would not light up completely with rechargable batteries, the indicator LED was not at the same light level accross the models produced in the 18 years of production. Most companies offering the same model over an extended period of time will face challenges making the product appear and feel the same way to users.
Caution for those lucky enough to score one: The AC/DC input has no protection from reversed polarity power - applying wrong power even for a mere minute or two will brick the device.
Original accessories for this device include a faux leather casing with deep red interior and black exterior, and a neck holder which attached to two metal prongs one on each side of the device.
Original sticker with Sony well known dot design ordained the top door of the deck. it is uncertain wether this sticker was applied at the end of production when it fell out of general use.
Additional Specifications
Noise reduction Dolby B & C Top right
Tape head Amorphous Record and Play in the same head. Erase is a separate head.
Drive system Quartz locked, disc drive system Internal
Tape selector I, II & IV Top right
Speed adjustment Manual Back with switch for fixed / varying speed.
Record level Manual Right side
Battery pack 4xAA in holder, secured under plastic lid. Proprietary for D6 and D6C only. Quick to replace but required the cassette door to be opened to gain access. Center left
Tape counter Analog belt driven Top right
Displays/Indicators
Type: Led (red)
Indication: Peak L or Batt
Scale: -10 -5 0 +3 +6
Type: Led (red)
Indication: Peak R or Batt
Scale: -10 -5 0 +3 +6
Type: Counter
Indication: Tape counter
Scale: 000 - 999
Connections
Headphones
Connector: 3.5mm Miniature Phone Jack (1/8")
Description: Stereo
Mic
Connector: 3.5mm Miniature Phone Jack (1/8")
Description: Stereo
Line IN
Connector: 3.5mm Miniature Phone Jack (1/8")
Description: Unbalanced
Line OUT
Connector: 3.5mm Miniature Phone Jack (1/8")
Description: Unbalanced
DC IN 6V positive outer ring
Connector: Other
Controls
Parameter: Headphone volume
Control Type: Slide Pot
Range: 0 - 5 - 10
Parameter: Play, review, cue, pause, stop
Control Type: Latching Push Switch
Parameter: Record
Control Type: Latching Push Switch
Parameter: Rec Level
Control Type: Rotary Pot
Range: 0 - 10
Parameter: ATT (mic attenuation)
Control Type: Slide Switch
Range: 20dB, 0dB
Parameter: TAPE
Control Type: Slide Switch
Range: NORM I, CrO2 II, METAL IV
Parameter: DOLBY NR
Control Type: Slide Switch
Range: C-TYPE, B-TYPE, OFF
Parameter: Speed tune
Control Type: Slide Switch
Range: ON, OFF
Parameter: Speed tune
Control Type: Rotary Pot
Range: F - S
Parameter: LED-meter display
Control Type: Slide Switch
Range: PEAK, OFF, BATT
Parameter: Azimuth adjustment
Control Type: Rotary Encoder
Range: Screw left of Record / Play head.

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