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60hz to 50 hz

Need to convert 60hz to 50hz ti testing equipment to sed overseas need to convert 230 60hz to 230 50hz

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Re: 60hz to 50 hz

No need to worry about that. The direct drive on these turntables will adjust for hz setting automatically.

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