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Waterproof Cassette Players: Sony Walkman, Panasonic Shockwave
Waterproof Cassette Players
In the heyday of cassettes, Sony and Panasonic manufactured water resistant portable tape players. These were marketed toward the outdoorsy types, and they were advertised as being able to play tapes even in the rain, while skiing, mountain climbing, and for sports. They were built to resist shock too.
Sony's tape player was called the Sony Walkman Sports and Panasonic's was called the Shockwave. I'm sure there were other brands of water resistant portable tape players, but those are the two I'm familiar with.
Note that they are described as water resistant, not waterproof. I think this is because if they are dropped into water, they are not guaranteed to survive, particular in deep water. However, they are sufficient for activities like jogging in the rain.
If you're looking to buy one, you'll probably find some links on this page... Along with a bit of a history! These are now vintage and sought after for not only their functionality but their vintage look.
The First Sony Sports Walkman (1984) - "You no longer have to choose between your love of music and your love of water." - Sony
This 1984 advertisement for the Sony Sports Walkman describes it as the first water-resistant portable stereo. It has special seals around all of the buttons, dials, and jacks, to prevent water from entering. It also has a disc-drive system to prevents wow and flutter even when its bumped.
The first Sony Sports walkman had FM only, while later ones had AM and FM.
Advertisement Source: Black Enterprise Magazine, May 1984 via Google Books
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Do you still listen to cassettes today?
Later Models of Sony Sports Walkman had both AM/FM - Here's an article from a July 1988 magazine
1995 Advertisement for the Panasonic ShockWave - A Personal Stereo for Extremes
This ad says that this cassette player is designed to keep moisture out and cassettes in. It says that one Shockwave model has VMSS circuitry to produce stronger, more powerful bass.
Here's a Creative Idea: - Make an iPod Case out of a Sony Sports Walkman
You can learn more about this product here: Retropod Sony's law firm shut them down, so you can't buy one.
Waterpoof & Solar Powered?
Check out the Sony Walkman WM-F107
More Information about Sony Waterpoof Walkmans - Here are some waterproof models to look for:
The WM-F5 was the first “Sports” Walkman model. This meant that it was rugged and splash proof, ideal for use by those whose outdoor activities would ruin normal cassette players....
This “Sports” model was compact, but far from basic. As one of the smallest models in the series, one might expect it would be fairly simple, though this was not true....
To describe the WM-F75 as a WM-75 with a built-in AM-FM radio would be a fair statement, though to dismiss this model with such a brief description would be to overlook some interesting details of the design....
The famous “Solar Walkman” was indeed a technological marvel. Not only was this model solar powered, it was also exceptionally compact and fully featured, including auto reverse, metal tape compatibility, Dolby B NR, AM/FM stereo radio and a waterpro
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I personally like the bright yellow... When all electronics are black, they tend to get lost easier!