1981 Cybernet Cassette Tape Player PS-101 Walkman VTG Portable Mini Concert Kyocera Rare

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LBS 1.15 unit in leatherette case,without batteries, not supplied, or 1.6 LBS with power supply.

Length 7x4x1.5

Works well on powers supply and good on batteries. Sound quality is what I would expect for a unit of this age without a tuneup, but is fine if you have full battery power, are not messing with the volume controls and keeping the unit stationary, if not doing these things you do get some infections etc, but overall the tone and speed is correct for this age of electronics. Seperate Left or Right Volume controls work correctly. Unit is visually in great shape for its age, and comes with probaby the original Japan 6V power supply and leatherette case (probably vinyl).

Definitely a Museum Piece: This company was way ahead of its time with a name like "CYBER" - "NET" back in 1970 before the internet was even developed, and and check out this companies cool 1970s hippie style logo. One interesting thing to note is this unit uses 6V system wherease the original walkman only used 3V, I don't know if this resulted in a louder unit (sound loudness is good) but you would think it would have had a longer battery life over the Sony. Features such as Dual Heaphones jacks with a "Talk" button which locks down until you press again which overides the music loudness down to about 20 percent so when you press the "talk" button and speak into the mic your friend can hear you over the music while continuing to listen and make comments together at the same time without taking your headphones off or stopping the music. This unit also has a normal and metal switch on the back. LED power light which glows bright when good power and lighter with less battery power available. This unit was one of the earliest of it type developed and does not include a radio.

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This maybe a 12/1980 production based on the sticker. History: My understanding is that Cybernet was a OEM parts supplier to many independent Japanese Electronics Manufactures, but not to the big players. When the first Sony personal cassette player came into play in the USA in mid 1980 they decieded to brand their own product and compete and had this unit in Cybernet's wholesale catalog in January 1981. They distrubuted under KLH and Kyocera in the USA with Kyocera having a stake in the Cybernet probably during the development of these portable cassettes in 1979 in order to try and compete on the high end with Sony, Kyocera must of liked what was happening with the portable tape players because they bought a 100% stake in 1982 (at which time Kyocera introduced the first battery powered laptop computers sold in the US the Tandy Model 100). The Cybernet Pocket Stereo was originally first targeted towards the high end german european market, but after only 2/3rd of the units during a recession had been sold of 100,000 Cybernet heavily discounted the now "old" version to DAK, a major electronics Mail Order Distributor based out of California. I beleive DAK at that time may have paid cash to get a better deal on the remaining 35,000 year old units they highly tought in Popular Science Magazine in sept 1981, DAK was a marketing genuis making millions til they went bankrupt many years later and actually won a lawsuit against microsoft over Word Software Royalties. Cybernet being 6 months behind the First Iconic Sony Walkman that was featured in Gardians of the Galaxy just couldn't compete even with the help from Kyocera with several later models the next included the radio in 1982. DAK called this tape only version the “Pocket Concert Hall” but it was actually Cybernet’s "Mini Concert" and also branded as the Cybernet "Young Man". DAK Discount Marketing indicates a freefall of first release to nine month later freefall in original pricing from $199-$179-$118 and then $69 saying a "better than" "sophisticated dual flywheel tape drive system" Sony TPS-L2 with all the looks and functionality of the original in the advertisement.