I am new here, so bare with me If I am a total noob.
Anyway, I have a Sony Walkman WM-EX49. Which originally would only play audio out of the left channel, with the right channel not working and only giving out a whinning sound ( I have some audio that I took below of the issue).
After taking it apart looking at the diagrams from the service guide, after lifting over the circuit board, I went to replace back the battery into it to test it, (after making sure nothing was shorting out). But the walkman won't do anything at all now . No play, fwd, rev etc.... nothing.
I equipped myself with my dads multimeter and saw that the connections coming from the battery going from the terminals to the circuit was good. So no issue there.
I have a slight feeling it could be them old ribbon cable but no sure.
Oh, this mechanism again. Despite that I feel that this series has a rather poor quality mechanism, some models in this series are really nice looking (WM150/550C!). And some have an EX Amorphous head (2091/2095 does not. It just has an "EX Head").
Not likely to be the ribbon cable. Out of my 4 copies of this series only one has a working board. The other 3 have no sound or no power.
This series is plagued with leaky/dead capacitors, cheap plastic gears, and a rather cruddy motor that tends to self-destruct.
Capacitors likely need replacement. This explains the whining, and likely the dead right channel.
Muting/Playback switches are in the correct position when board is screwed back in. You can test the switches by pressing them manually. (Power will turn on the motor, Play the amp. You should see the motor spinning and hear some hiss from the amp).
Dead motor. Check if the motor can spin freely with no scraping or resistance. Otherwise the motor core may have cracked/corroded/exploded.
This mechanism, has also known issues with the clutch system having issues and very cruddy motor also known issues with capacitors leaking out. look at picture above that how the ribbon is suppose to be mounted, you have it rubbing against the black pulley.
The picture above is a ex50 with the EX head, works fine except audio is a little low on both channels, was going to recap it, but not to sure as case is worn, may use it as a donor. So if you need any parts let me know, as mechanism is in decent shape.
Wow thanks for all the replies so quickly! I wasn't expecting that
Do you know what voltage the motor runs at ? As I was thinking of directly connecting the battery terminals to it, so I could test to see if that motor is bad.
Also, would anyone know where I would be able to get replacement caps for it ? As if they are likely failing then this could also cause some issues with no power. Can you also test these caps with a multimeter ? (I have heard about needing a ESR meter for some things)
When you mean muting/playback switches I am assuming you mean the stop/play buttons located on the top of the device ?
I may be needing some parts for it if I do manage to get the thing going again. So thanks for that
After looking at the circuit board I noticed that the power latch wasn't engaging, after moving the mechanical arm to the left and screwing the circuit board back in....
SUCCESS! The walkman fired up back into life
Thanks you so much, without you lot I would of been dead in the water.
Now the caps issue, I don't sadly have an ESR meter to hand and they are not cheap. Would it just be easier to replace all the caps ? If so where would I be able to source them from/what caps would I need?
EDIT: Thanks also about the ribbon cable, I do have my moments sometimes...
The ESR meter is not absolutely obligatory, especially if you are planning to replace all the electrolytic capacitors. It is still useful if you are putting replacement ones in to identify if they are faulty or not though
With regards to sourcing replacements, that really depends where in the world you are. If you are in the USA, then you are in luck as Digi-Key and Mouser both stock the widest range of capacitors and postage relatively low. If you are outside of the US, then you may have difficulty sourcing them locally. Prices for the actual capacitors themselves is relatively low, but shipping and import taxes to outside of the US from either Digi-Key or Mouser can be many times more than the cost of the components.
I bought the EVB branded ESR meter in its kit form and that was 52€ delivered to UK from Portugal. Ready built it is slightly more expensive. It is not as sexy looking as the Peak branded ESR meter, but it serves its purpose fine.
Yup, forget going to Maplin for replacement caps. Your best bet is on-line from Digi-Key or Mouser. When I order from them I bulk up on the order to get the free postage deal, but note that you will have to pay import duty. Also I'd recommend FedEx over UPS as they don't charge the tax on the free postage.
Okay, the new caps arrived. Replaced all of the ones I could.... And the problem is still there.
We'll I give in. I have spent far to much money into this walkman then it is worth. I only wanted it so I could listen to some of our old cassettes, but I have always admired the walkman and wanted a nice one.
I will still keep the parts as spares if anyone needs any mechanical bits. Which are in good shape.
I purchased wm-f181 recently, it's very similar with mechanics and also have bad or dead capacitors. But the main issue is cracked gear of the friction. If anyone have ideas how to repair it or carve/stamp the same.
Last edited by Tapemaker September 30, 2014 5:08 AM