Celebrating 40 Years of Sony’s First Walkman, the TPS-L2

Carmel Miguel
Even before they got famous because of their competitive line of televisions and mobile phones, Sony’s name was first associated with the Walkman, the company’s well-known and well-loved take for personal audio.

Celebrating 40 Years of Sony’s First Walkman, the TPS-L2
Celebrating 40 Years of Sony’s First Walkman, the TPS-L2

In 2014 when the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was first released internationally, one of the things that captured people’s attention on the vintage metallic blue device, which appeared to be the Sony TPS-L2, the company’s first ever personal Walkman. Fans of the said movie grew a special interest for the Sony TPS-L2, and some of them even purchased one just to copy their favorite character in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Such is a proof that even after forty years since it was launched, the Sony TPS-L2, much like the other Walkman models offered by Sony, still has its charm for audiophiles in a time when smartphones are the main dominator.

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Revolutionizing the way consumers listened to music on the go, many were skeptical at the idea of a portable music player without a recording function was unheard of. Developed by modifying the Pressman (Sony’s voice recorder TCM-100), the TPS-L2 proved to be a huge success, proposing a new lifestyle which became popular around the world.

Celebrating 40 Years of Sony’s First Walkman, the TPS-L2
Celebrating 40 Years of Sony’s First Walkman, the TPS-L2

Breakthrough after another breakthrough, the introduction of the TPS-L2 was followed by the launch of the world’s first portable CD player, the D-50 in 1984. Further perfecting the craft, Sony introduced the world’s first MiniDisc Walkman, MZ-1, which featured recording, playback, a numeric keyboard, and anti-skip technology in 1992.

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Adapting to the advancements in audio technology, Sony welcomed the High-Resolution Audio in 2013 with a lineup including the ZX1 Walkman. It allows high-resolution audio source playback that was developed by integrating knowledge and technology accumulated over the years.

In 2016, Sony released the NW-WM1Z Walkman as part of its Signature series. Another testament of the company’s expertise in audio, the NW-WM1Z is made with detailed acoustics and natural sound qualities, therefore producing an immersive and unique listening experience.

Over the years, Sony’s Walkman has dramatically changed the way the world listens to music. The Walkman made music listening a personal experience, by providing people with the freedom to enjoy music regardless of place and time. From the previous years that Sony has brought unparalleled audio innovation, there sure are many things to look forward to in the years to come.

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