Hitachi HT60S Noob

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yossarianlives
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Hitachi HT60S Noob

Post by yossarianlives » 19 Jan 2019 01:07

Hello,

I recently picked up a hitachi HT60S turntable. Not a vinyl/audio guy at all, just want to play old records in basement. I found a manual on this site for a 61S and I'm assuming they are similar.
I have attached my current cartridge/needle pics and manual spec. I believe the needle is shot, its bent and kinda loose if that makes sense, and sounds like sh*t . So my question is do I replace the needle only or the whole cartridge and either way, with what type/brand can I get under 50 bucks. (if that's possible)

I tried doing the research myself, I just don't know if I'm even close.
I came up with the following:
https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/cart ... index.html
or
https://www.lpgear.com/product/HITA035.html

Thanks and sorry for the basic first post,
KC
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Re: Hitachi HT60S Noob

Post by themisto462 » 19 Jan 2019 10:51

Hello KC, welcome to vinylengine and the Hitachi owners club =D> .

The previous owner did you a favor and replaced the genuine Hitachi cartridge (which is similar to an audio-technica AT93) with a Signet TK5Ea. Signet cartridges were the premium line from audio-technica. :D

The replacement needle for your cartridge would be the TKN5Ea which could be hard to find. Some other suitable replacement needles, which meet the specs of the TK5Ea would be the audio-technica ATN7V, ATN130E, ATN132EP and ATN135E - but you could also use replacement needles from the actual "VMN" - or the recently discontinued range (ATN120Eb, ATN440MLb, for example) of replacement needles from audio-technica.

From the "entry level" elliptical to the higher quality stylus shapes (Line- contact, Shibata and Microline) - the Signet cartridge body allows to carry them.

For the best result of your new needle, you should check all settings (tracking force, anti- skating) and the alignment of the cartridge (by using a cartridge protractor, which can be found under the category "tools" on top of the page).

Regards.

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Re: Hitachi HT60S Noob

Post by yossarianlives » 20 Jan 2019 05:00

Thanks so much for the detailed reply. I'm definitely in the 'entry level' elliptical category and I am on a serious budget at the moment. I found this ATN132 copy that fits my price point at the moment. (It's about 35 bucks shipped)

https://www.turntableneedles.com/ATN132 ... p_954.html
Is this suitable?

Or would a cartridge change to a Audio-Technica AT95E with needle be OK as well? (49 bucks cart and stylus)
https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-A ... 148&sr=8-2

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Re: Hitachi HT60S Noob

Post by wolfie62 » 20 Jan 2019 10:38

I would keep the Signet cart and get a good stylus for it. Its bound to be a better cartridge than the AT95E.

That's a nice turntable you have, also. The Hitachi Uni-Torque is a great system, and the arms are very good. The Hitachis tend to fly under the radar, but were very competent tables. Enjoy!

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Re: Hitachi HT60S Noob

Post by themisto462 » 20 Jan 2019 11:27

yossarianlives wrote:
20 Jan 2019 05:00
Or would a cartridge change to a Audio-Technica AT95E with needle be OK as well? (49 bucks cart and stylus)
https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-A ... 148&sr=8-2
I would keep the Signet cartridge. Not that the AT95E is a bad cartridge, the Signet simply has a more advanced generator design, like the actual VM500 series cartridges.
yossarianlives wrote:
20 Jan 2019 05:00
Thanks so much for the detailed reply. I'm definitely in the 'entry level' elliptical category and I am on a serious budget at the moment. I found this ATN132 copy that fits my price point at the moment. (It's about 35 bucks shipped)

https://www.turntableneedles.com/ATN132 ... p_954.html
Is this suitable?
That should fit well. But I can't say anything about the quality. Crazy as I am, I always tend to replace my worn out needles with a genuine AT needle... . :crazy:
Within your budget there would be the genuine ATN100E also, for example:
https://www.lpgear.com/product/ATN100E.html

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Re: Hitachi HT60S Noob

Post by yossarianlives » 20 Jan 2019 15:18

I can't thank you guys enough for helping me out, here is so much out there it's like a part time job just researching this stuff. :?

I am ordering the lpgear ATN100E today.

thanks again!
Kevin

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Re: Hitachi HT60S Noob

Post by themisto462 » 20 Jan 2019 18:10

yossarianlives wrote:
20 Jan 2019 15:18
I can't thank you guys enough for helping me out, here is so much out there it's like a part time job just researching this stuff. :?
You are welcome.
yossarianlives wrote:
20 Jan 2019 15:18
I am ordering the lpgear ATN100E today.
Have you already checked your PM inbox? :wink:
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Only in such a way on the edge:
Please note, that the tracking force depends on the used needle - in case of an ATN100E, the tracking force should be set to the recommended tracking force range of 1.0 - 1.8 grams (1,4 grams is recommended by AT).

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