Irony or necessity?
To spare my ears from being stuffed full of earphones while I’m listening to music on my Walkman, I went in search of the speaker dock which my Mum and Dad have, but to no avail. In spite of visiting several places (mainly the computer centres), there was nothing to be had.
I’ve since checked the Sony China website and find the only speakers they have are the NWD-100, which is a waterproof speaker system for the Walkman. Sony HK doesn’t even have that much, but the Sony UK and New Zealand websites both have the SRS-NWGU50.
What I did find here was some battery-powered Sony speakers which date from about four or five years ago, which are over twice the current price (through Amazon US or Walmart), and which have been long since superseded. This is further confirmation of my suspicion that all the old kit gets offloaded on the Empire. My monitor at home was never the latest model when I bought it although it may have been the latest one available here.
Why would the speaker docks for the Walkman be unavailable in China? Is it because a Walkman is regarded almost solely as a portable device? Is it because the dock requires space and Chinese flats have none? Now if there was no bed in the study, I could move the small table beside the fridge in there and put something on it. But the amount of room in the study is very limited and if there was no bed, I would’ve frozen to death in the unheatable bedroom.
At the moment, I’m compromising. I’ve brought my old speakers out of mothballs (well, dust) and can run the Walkman through them using the cable from my portable DVD player which is meant to be used to connect that to a TV. The balance on the speakers is a bit wonky because the socket in the back is loose, but it seems to be less temperamental with the Walkman than it is with the DVD player.