Sony TPS-L2 "Walkman" Cassette Player


This Sony "Walkman" portable tape player dates from the early 1980s. Originally introduced in 1979 as the “Soundabout,” two people could listen simultaneously while a small microphone permitted them to converse without removing their headsets. Powered by a 9-volt battery, the recorder sold well until the decline of the cassette format in the mid 2000s.

Until the middle of the twentieth century portable recording equipment could be quite heavy. The introduction of small transistor radios in 1954 marked a new era in portable entertainment. Philips’ invention of a compact recording cassette in 1962 provided a convenient medium for music distribution.

Date Made: ca 1980

Maker: Sony

See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Music & Musical Instruments, Popular Entertainment, Communications, American Enterprise, American Stories exhibit

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

Credit Line: from Sony Corporation of America

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0127.01Accession Number: 1987.0127Catalog Number: 1987.0127.01

Object Name: magnetic recording devicetape recordercassette playerOther Terms: tape recorder; Audio Devices

Physical Description: plastic (parts material)metal (parts material)Measurements: player: 5 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 1/8 in; 13.97 cm x 8.89 cm x 2.8575 cm


Record Id: nmah_714276

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