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Hi all!

I have started some basic information regarding Hitachi's consumer-electronics history in the History subheading. If you have any further information about this topic, please feel free to add further information on it.

With regards,

Simon Mackay

My HITACHI Product Experience[edit]

A view of TRK-W3W

In my childhood, that's 1985, my father bought a HITACHI TRK-W3W radio receiver/dual-slot cassette recorder. I was small at that time, all I enjoyed was listening to the radio or cassettes. The tape recorder is really pretty, with many controllers on its board.

Later, I grew up. I started playing with the tape recorder. It has many functionalities. I played with it while refering to the manual. The manual documented all detailed usages of both basic and advanced functions.

There is a master power button. When the power button is turned OFF, neither tape nor radio will work. There is a switch which can be set to Tape, Radio and Line In (low to high in the switch positions). The radio part has full bands of AM, FM, SW1 and SW2 (with a switch turning low to high). The SW1 band is especially broad that it extends its low end to 2.3MHz. To tune the radio, there is a horizontal rolling disk (how to say it?) which is not small, with a radius of about 3 centi-metres. Its feeling of touch is very good - soft and with an appropriate drag force.

Its tape part contains two slots. The slot on the left is for both recording and playing. The slot on the right is for playing only. There are pretty marks on the doors of the decks (slots) indicating this. There is also a pretty hand-written 'Double' on the left deck and a HITACHI mark with its trade mark (a round with a smaller round, a dot, several horizontal/vertical lines and four little...oh, don't know how to describe it) on the right deck.

The functionality of its tape part include: play, pause, stop, eject (stop and eject are two different buttons, and ejecting while playing may hurt the magnetic head), fast forward and rewind. The left deck can also record. Besides the basic functionalities, cueing is also supported. To enable cueing, just play the tape and then press the Fast Forward/Rewind button, and the tape will be moved fast and the head will be a little bit lower. When you release the Fast Forward/Rewind button, the head will restore its position and playing will continue.

There is another very good functionality implemented in the right (play only) deck: the documentation called it SPSS, which I think can also be called automatic music searching system. The usage is like this: no matter whether it is playing or stopped, press the Play button and the Fast Forward/Rewind button together, and you can hear a snap sound indicating that they are locked. Then the tape will be winded fast, until there is a gap of sound (serveral seconds of silence, at least about one second, maybe) is reached. When the gap is reached, the Fast Forward/Rewind button is popped up, and play begins.

Humorously, if you cue across an area which is plenty of sound gaps, then you will hear multiple times of pops in the mechanism when the gaps are passed over. Of course, this only happens on the right deck.

The left deck supports recording. To record, not only the Record button should be pressed. The Play button should also be pressed. The record sources can be set to Line In, Radio or Microphone (just switch to Tape mode, and then turn off dubbing). In AM recording, as said on the manual, a cycling frequency switch can be set to A, B or C to avoid noise generated by interfering with AC biasing. There is another switch can be used when listening to the radio, AFC, which enables or disables auto frequency control.

As a dual-deck tape recorder, it can dub tapes (I was young at that time and I confused dubbing for doubling). There is a dark red button at the lower side of the face board, which can be pressed to start dubbing. I once disassmbled it, and saw that the button holds a long iron bar that presses the record button, the play button on the left deck and the play button on the right deck. The dubbing swich has three modes: Off, Normal Speed and High Speed. It is said that High Speed dubbing may cause quality lost. I am not experienced of this.

The manual says that, if you want to erase the content of a tape, just switch to Line In, do not plug in any external line and start recording. I thought there is another way: turn dubbing on, and only press the Record and Play buttons on the left deck (do not press Play on the right deck).

The sound of the tape recorder is really good, compared to other tape recorders of the same size. It accompanied me through my primary school time and junior high school time. It almost become one of my dear friends. But things damage, of course. It's magnetic head was replaced once in 1993, and its rubber strings inside became unfuntional. It's power button once became bad and was repaired by my brother-in-law. Finally, its left deck speed became abnormally high and unusable. It was sold as a damaged appliance in the end in 1998.

Anyway, its quality is still good along time.

Another HITACHI product I experienced was the air conditioner bought in 1999 (or some time?). It's not so impressive but still a good product. Low noise and easy to use.

Fan Decheng (AKA Robbie Mosaic) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 08:20, 19 August 2005

News on hitachi[edit]

we must put subtitle on news regarding hitachi products on it!

che —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 18:23, 6 February 2006

Harddisks, flat screens and... electric sex toys?[edit]

I recently stumbled upon this[1] rather interesting device on teh internets. It's a electronic massaging wand called "Hitachi Magic Wand". If you ignore the family-friendly name and appearance, it's basically a masturbation aid for women.

Is this product somehow related to the actual company? Hitachi being Japanese (and the Japanese having created such incredible toys as the Hello Kitty vibrator) I wouldn't be surprised if the actual Hitachi, Ltd., is behind this. -- Ashmodai

  • It's originally for massaging your shoulder-- I think many Japanese own those since that very much like massaging. It turned out that people in the West found its sexual use... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Samuel Curtis (talkcontribs) 09:02, 3 May 2006

Merger with Hitachi Works[edit]

After reading the stub Hitachi Works, I think that article points to the same entity as this article, hence that article should be merged into this article. Opinions? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Samuel Curtis (talkcontribs) 09:03, 3 May 2006

I think both should be mergerd into a new article, called Hitachi Group, as both refer to it.--Vercalos 21:42, 27 October 2006 (UTC)


Hitachi has also had at least some involvement with subway-type electric trains as they produced and delivered 120 railcars for Atlanta's MARTA system.

Please see Marta#Rolling_stock for a chronology.

During the 90's, Hitachi ran "corporate imaging" TV commericials in the US, featuring the different products made by the company; footage of the trains was included in the advertising. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Patrick AWA (talkcontribs) 08:28, 12 June 2006


Hitachi appears to manufacture microprocessors as well, with the SuperH RISC instruction set. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 10:48, 7 July 2006

Hitachi Foundation links[edit]

Hey, all. I'm going to add some links to The Hitachi Foundation. It was established by Hitachi, Ltd. in 1985.


'hitachi' should redirect here and not to that stupid messy and confusing disambiguation page. 23:06, 6 February 2007 (UTC)


redirects to this page but no mention of it here... (talk) 01:38, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

A red link has been created based on the following...[edit] -- (talk) 09:37, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

Hitachi DAMP or Disk Array Manager Program[edit]

Disambiguation redirects here and there is no mention of this program. Anybody know the program name or .exe file for the configuration of hitachi SAN? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:09, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

== Hitachi Harddrive business transferred to Westerdn Digital

On there page, it says today March 7, 2011. That it transfered the HD business to Western Digital.

OppieT30 — Preceding unsigned comment added by OppieT30 (talkcontribs) 19:00, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Hitachi's role in the Imperial Japanese era[edit]

While looking around I noticed that the products constructed in part by Hitachi during WW2 were ommited. I believe we should add that historical information since it seems that a few Japanese tanks were constructed by Hitachi. [1] [2] [3]

Mighty.Yggdrasil (talk) 01:26, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Proposed merge[edit]

The result of this discussion is no consensus. North America1000 05:46, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

On December 3, 2013, Hitachi acquired Ideaca (see report here), and rebranded it "Hitachi Solutions". Since Ideaca has always been a relatively short and lightweight article, I propose condensing and moving the information to a new section of this page titled "Hitachi Solutions", and redirecting the title, Ideaca, to that section. Cheers! bd2412 T 04:23, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.