Sony Group Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate with headquarters in Minato, Tokyo. The company provides consumer and professional electronic products. In 2021, the organization was recognized as the largest video game console and video game publisher. Furthermore, it was regarded as the most prominent music publisher and the third largest film studio. The corporation sells image sensors, semiconductors, televisions, home theaters and soundbars as well as DVD players. It also produces consumer products like audio equipment such as headphones, mp3 players, and wireless speakers. Sony was founded in 1946 and built Japan’s first tape recorder, referred to as Type-G. Its success came from entering the US market and launching a new industry of consumer microelectronics based on its own in-house standards instead of adopting those of other producers. The company’s unveiling of the portable transistor radios in the 1950s attracted a large teenage demographic market, propelling it to become a global success. In 1989, Sony acquired the US-based Columbia Picture Entertainment for $4.8 billion. This move was aimed at setting industry standards for digital video technology and complementing its other ventures like the manufacture of DVD players and game consoles. In 2015, the company bought Toshiba’s image sensor plant and business valued at $166.15 million to solidify its position in the meta-oxide semiconductor image sensors market. Sony is currently listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange with an additional listing as an American depositary receipt in the New York Stock Exchange since 1970. As such, it is the oldest Japanese company to be listed in an American exchange.
With such a rich history, it’s no wonder the company has so many products out there, from new to used. Finding the right documentation can be difficult, especially in the English language. This is the reason why we opened up a section dedicated to Sony User Manuals, where you can view or download each PDF.