Tape Machine

Main Details
Maker Sony Company Walkman Brand
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
Peak L or Batt Led (red) -10 -5 0 +3 +6
Peak R or Batt Led (red) -10 -5 0 +3 +6
Tape counter Counter 000 - 999
Headphones 3.5mm Miniature Phone Jack (1/8") Stereo
Mic 3.5mm Miniature Phone Jack (1/8") Stereo
Line IN 3.5mm Miniature Phone Jack (1/8") Unbalanced
Line OUT 3.5mm Miniature Phone Jack (1/8") Unbalanced
DC IN 6V positive outer ring Other
Headphone volume Slide Pot 0 - 5 - 10
Play, review, cue, pause, stop Latching Push Switch
Record Latching Push Switch
Rec Level Rotary Pot 0 - 10
ATT (mic attenuation) Slide Switch 20dB, 0dB
Speed tune Slide Switch ON, OFF
Speed tune Rotary Pot F - S
LED-meter display Slide Switch PEAK, OFF, BATT
Azimuth adjustment Rotary Encoder Screw left of Record / Play head.


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