Hitachi HT-500 II



  • Manufacturer: Hitachi
  • Model: HT-500 MKII
  • Years of manufacture: 1983 - 1984
  • Made in: Japan
  • Color: Black
  • Power consumption: 7 Watt
  • Dimensions: 456 x 154 x 402 mm (WxHxD)
  • Weight: 7.5 kg
  • Original price approx.: 53'000 Yen (Japan, 1984), corresponds to about 800 DM


  • Outputs:
  • Inputs:

Technical Data

  • Drive: Direct (brush, slot, coreless DC servo motor)
  • Speed: 33 1/3, 45 UPM
  • Synchronous speed variation: 0.02% (WRMS)
  • Rumble noise ratio: 78 dB
  • Turntable: 310mm die-cast aluminium alloy
  • Total rotating mass of the drive system (rotor with platter):
  • Operating mode: fully automatic
  • Pitch: no

Special features

  • Continuous play circuit
  • Antiskating
  • Weight balanced tone arm
  • Ed shutdown via photo sensor
  • Two motors, one each for turntable and tonearm
  • Impact sound damping by springy and vibration-resistant rubber feet


  • While in Germany large quantities of smaller Hitachi turntables were sold (mostly in the course of a "Hifi-Rack") the larger models are rarely found in this country.
  • So is the HT-500 MK2,which is a good unit for softer suspended MM systems a la VMS30MK/II.
  • The qualities of the drive are far beyond a current belt-driver of the 1000€ + class. And that despite a weight under 10kG.


  • Image: Hitachi HT-500 II


  • Excerpt from brochure: "Hitachi Top Orchestra"

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