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One of the most iconic and popular technological innovations of the 1980’s, the Sony Walkman, is making a comeback this year. Of course, this version will be used for digital streaming, not for playing cassette tapes.

Here’s how Sony Corporation is marketing the new Sony Walkman NW-ZX700 in a video:


And here is the #sony description of their new product: “Experience your music as the artist intended, wherever you go, with the astonishing sound quality of the NW-ZX700 series, which inherits the philosophy of the Signature Walkman®. With enhanced battery life, a larger 5″ display, easy downloading and streaming functions, it is also portable and stylish for the most demanding music lover.”

Well, it looks like a smart phone to me. And, is it really necessary to purchase one of these when we can all stream music and video on our smart phones nowadays?

When the original Sony Walkman TPS-L2 was introduced in the U.S.A. in June 1980, it was revolutionary. Sure, at that time, we could play cassettes on boom boxes. However, the Walkman made listening to music a lot more portable, and a lot more private. Walking down the street with a big boom box was a lot different than walking down the street with your headphones on and the Walkman in your back pocket.

Those of us who are fans of the original Sony Walkman portable cassette tape players may be interested to learn that the cassette tape is gaining in popularity these days. According to an article written by Paul Brannigan on, sales of albums on cassette in 2022 increased by 28% over sales in 2021, from 343,000 units to 440,000 units. The best-selling cassette in the nation in 2022 was Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack, which sold 17,000 copies.

Check your attic. You may have your old Sony Walkman cassette player in a box up there, and some new cassette tape fan may pay big bucks for it.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

An Audiophiles Delight | 13 Items That Every Music Lover Needs To Own

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If you, or someone you know, loves to feel the music, create a memorable listening experience, and celebrate sound, these Must Haves deserve a first and second look.

  • The Art of Sound: A Visual History for Audiophiles

    This needs to be on your bookshelf. Author Terry Burrow takes us on a visual history of sound recording throughout the acoustic era (1877–1925), the electrical era (1925–45), the magnetic era (1945–75), and the digital era (1975–present).

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  • Koble Zain Smart Side Table

    This stunning side table comes complete with a 360-degree premium Bluetooth speaker and subwoofer.  Not only that, but it features a USB charging outlet, wireless charging area, 3 preset EQ settings, and more.

  • Isolation Pads

    Looking for a way to help reduce resonance and vibration to get you a cleaning-sounding experience?  You should definitely check out these Isolation Pads from Vinyl Provisions.  Made from cork and rubber, they’re available in 4 packs or 8 packs.

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  • Musical Notes

    No matter what type of music is your favorite, you can make your memos sing with these fun sticky notes.  The booklet contains 200 sticky notes and makes a great gift for you or someone else. 

  • Audiophile T-Shirt/Tank/Hoodie

    How fun in this design? What makes this offering even better is that it’s available as a t-shirt, tank, or hoodie. Wait, there’s more! It comes in 5 color options and sizes Small to 4XL.

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  • Retro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

    If you’re looking for a portable speaker that connects to a smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, or any other Bluetooth device, this could just want you’ve been looking for.  It’s small, 10.3in X 5.4in X 2.5in, but mighty, delivering 20 watts of high-fidelity sound for up to 10 continuous hours.

  • Record Dividers

    Looking for a cool way to organize all your vinyl? These dividers could be just the solution. They are 14” long and 1.5” tall. You can also get the full set of 26 alphabet dividers OR just a set of 7 (A-D, E-H, I-L, M-O, P-S, T-W, X-Z).

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  • The Beatles Collector Box of Sock

    This set of six pairs of fun and funky socks is so cool! Designs include Flower Power, Fish & Whales, Submarine, Love, Yellow Submarine, and Pepperland, each featuring a different element of the film Yellow Submarine.

  • 33 45 78 RPM T-Shirt

    No matter what speed you spin at, this shirt would be a great addition to your wardrobe. Available in 3 colors and sizes Small to 2XL. 

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  • Wave Beach 3D Headphones

    These aren’t your father’s headphones. One of the things that set these headphones apart from others is that maker Xtyle Odeon (XO) pairs them with a custom app, Boom. It’s a music player that gives you several present equalization profiles suited for different music styles.

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  • Now Spinning Vinyl Record Stand

    I am totally digging these handmade record standsMade from Baltic Birchwood, it’s available in three different finishes. The perfect gift for any audiophile.

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  • Koble Ralph Smart Side Table

    If your esthetic is a bit more retro, the “Ralph” smart side table could be just what you’re looking for.  You can store your favorite music items in the drawer while listening to tunes via the twin Bluetooth speaker built into the piece. It also comes with a built-in wireless charging plate on the surface of the table.

  • Tape Reel Clock

    The retro vibe is strong with this clock made from a recycled tape reel.  Each clock is unique but is approximately 7″ in diameter and features a new quartz drive that runs on a 1 AA battery. 

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