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120V/60Hz to 220V/50Hz

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So guys, I have an opportunity to import a Shure HTS 3500 from the US. But the thing is it's a US machine, which works on 120V/60Hz power. So my question to you - what would be the easiest/cheapest way for me to adopt it to the European voltage (220V/50Hz)? 120V to 220V step up would be a no brainer, just use the power converter, but 60Hz to 50Hz makes it a little trickier (at least for me!). I did a bit of research online but somehow did not get a clear answer about what power converter I should be using fot this. I also read that some 60Hz machines play just fine on 50Hz and I should not bother at all. Maybe this is the case with this one too? My limited technical knowledge prevents me from making any kind of (un)educated guess! Big Grin Any advise is really appreciated!
(This post was last modified: 2021-12-30, 08:59 PM by allldu.)
Worry not, the converter will let you use any 120V/60Hz on 220V/50Hz land.

BEWARE: the converter for Japanese devices (100V/60Hz) may or may not work with US ones, and can even lead to destroy power supplys, so be careful!
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(2021-12-30, 10:23 PM)spoRv Wrote: Worry not, the converter will let you use any 120V/60Hz on 220V/50Hz land.

BEWARE: the converter for Japanese devices (100V/60Hz) may or may not work with US ones, and can even lead to destroy power supplys, so be careful!

Cool to know! Any good device you can recommend specifically?
Nope, but AFAIK that Shure should not suck too much energy, hence also a smaller one should do - still, always check what is the power limit.
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According to the manual:
Operating voltage
HTS5300: 120 Vac *10%, 60 Hz, 36W
(This post was last modified: 2021-12-31, 01:05 AM by allldu.)
All consumer products in Japan have to support 50hz as well, because 50hz is what's used in eastern Japan while 60hz is for western Japan. So at least that's not a worry when importing.
(2022-01-02, 07:36 AM)BusterD Wrote: All consumer products in Japan have to support 50hz as well, because 50hz is what's used in eastern Japan while 60hz is for western Japan.  So at least that's not a worry when importing.

Yeah, but this machine comes from the US. And I do believe 60Hz is a standard for all of the US.
Right, was just responding to the earlier tangent.

But I'd imagine most modern equipment can handle the 50-60hz difference. I'd only worry about the voltage.
Some, repeat some power supplies can be switched to operate at various voltages around the world
(2022-01-02, 07:36 AM)BusterD Wrote: All consumer products in Japan have to support 50hz as well, because 50hz is what's used in eastern Japan while 60hz is for western Japan.  So at least that's not a worry when importing.

Wait... so a part of Japan is using 50Hz and the other 60Hz?!? It's a revelation to me, I was sure it used 60Hz only...
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