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1957 Sony TR-63

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 1/2 x 2 13/16 x 1 1/2 inches / 114 x 71 x 38 mm
Six transistors (Sony: 2T64, 2x 2T67, 2T513, 2x 2T520, + 1T43 blue oval varistor, "170" glass diode)
Superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, Ltd. Japan (Sony)

The first Japanese transistor radio exported to the United States. Of greater historical importance than any other Sony transistor radio, the TR-63 was the beginning of the end of America's dominance in the consumer electronics industry. And this trend was accelerated dramatically with Sony's introduction of the TR-610 the following year, the first truly mass-marketed Japanese pocket transistor radio exported to the US.

1957 Sony TR-63

back face

"Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, Ltd. Japan" —
on later units, this impression was replaced with "SONY Japan"

chassis — click on photo for a larger image


reprint of Sony TR-63 operating manual

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