What About Panasonic?I notice nobody really mentioned Panasonic! They made some great walkman models also, especially with the XBS.
Around 1989/1990, I remember owning a great Panasonic walkman that I till remenisce about till this day. I don't remember the model number, but it had black metal body, rounded curves, 2-step XBS - and it used the flat rechargeable batteries, not the AA. It produced great sound and with the first leel of XBS was clear as a bell with bass like you were in a club. Level 2 of the XBS was distortion city though. Stiil, what an awesome piece!
In reading this thread, it reminded me how lame the portables of today are. I had one of the top-end Yellow Sony sports walkman models that was 7 yrs old, and only died this past year. IIt survived major usage and battery, Even to the end, the sound was incredible, far more punch and warmth that than the SonyMZ-R900 minidisc that I replaced it with.
We have better features with these digital portables, but the sound quality today is lame, lame lame...