Sony WM-10

Published: May 26, 2021

The Sony Walkman WM-10 - also known as the Super Walkman - was released in 1983, and was Sony's first 'miniature' size player. Its small size represents a tour-de-force of early 1980s engineering. This walkman is actually smaller than the cassette it plays! So it needs to be slid open to make the compartment large enough to accommodate the cassette.

Sony WM-10

The Walkman WM-10 uses a single 1.5V AA battery, and is housed in a compartment next to the heads at the top of the player. The decision to use one AA battery was a brave one, and backed up by a more clever technology. The 1.5V was not enough to run the electronic parts of the amplifier and servo, so a step-up DC-DC converter was implemented to boost the voltage to a useful level.

It truly is a marvel of engineering, and it also sounds quite as good as it looks!

WM-10 specs

  • Tape selector: Type I, CrO2, Metal types
  • Noise Reduction: B
  • Dolby NR switch
  • Stereo headphones jack
  • Battery indicator
  • Runs on 1 x AA battery
  • Introduced in 1983
  • Price: $99 ($265 in today's money)


Interesting 1983 article on the WM-10 by the New York Times: The Walkman Shrinks (September 18, 1983).

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Sony WM-10 value and price guide

What's your Sony WM-10 worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

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Sony Sony Walkman WM 10 WM F10 WM Sony Walkman WM 10 WM F10 WM F20… 04/2021 $ 471.20
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Sony Sony TCM 10 Walkman Cassette Sony TCM 10 Walkman Cassette Corder Idem 06/2021 $ 392.27
Sony sony walkman personal cassette Sony Walkman Personal Cassette Players 04/2021 $ 323.79
Sony 1985 Sony Walkman WM 10 II 1985 Sony Walkman WM 10 II Cassette 05/2021 $ 329.84
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