Hana Cartridges Umami Red

£3,399.00

Very high quality low output moving coil cartridge, with Microline Nude Diamond stylus

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Description

The HANA-Umami Red hand-built MC cartridge embodies ‘Umami’ – officially coined in 1908 by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda-san as a very pleasing or delicious flavour on the palette, a synergistic effect resulting in higher taste intensity.

Hana’s Master cartridge designer Maseo Okada-san applies this concept as he combines brilliant materials and classic Japanese techniques with modern audio engineering to create his Hana Umami Red low output MC cartridge.

The cryogenically treated MC generator features a samarium/cobalt magnet with a pure-iron square plate armature, hand-wound with high purity 30-micron copper wire for an internal impedance of 6Ω and 0.4mV output.

A Nude Microline stylus is bonded to a solid Boron cantilever for tracing the most delicate musical nuances from the LP.

The HANA-Umami Red exclusive Auricle™ body design (with tapped mounting holes) mimics the shape of the human outer ear to rigidly support the cryogenically treated “Open Air” Moving Coil generator. It is machined from a hard Duralumin with a multi-layered Urushi lacquer finish originating from the Japanese Makie-artistic tradition and incorporates an Ebony Wood inlay resonance damper. An easy to fit stylus guard protects your investment.

All the major parts of the HANA-Umami Red are manufactured in house by Excel Sound with its highly trained craftsmen skilfully hand assembling each cartridge. Master designer Okada-san brings over 50 years of experience to this design, applying the Umami concept of synergy with the HANA-Umami Red.

The Umami Red offers 0.4mv/1KHz output.

2 year guarantee and a ‘new for old or damaged’ replacement service.

Cartridge Specs

Body Material
Duralumin (A7075), Ebony Wood
Body Finish
Gloss Urushi Lacquer/ Red
Cantilever
Boron
Stylus
Microline Nude Diamond
Armature Material
Permalloy
Armature Shape
Square
Parts Material
Pure Iron
Magnet
Samarium Colbalt
Terminal Plate
PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone)
Terminal Pin
24K Gold Plated
Coil Impedance
6Ω/1kHz
Coil Output Level
0.4mV/1kHz
Coil Wire Material
High Purity Copper
Terminating Impedance
>60Ω
Cryo-genic treatment
Yes
Frequency Response
15~50,000Hz
Output Balance
0.5dB/1kHz
Channel Separation
>30dB/1kHz
Tracking Force Weight
2g
Trackability
70μm/2gr
Dynamic Compliance
10 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz)
Dynamic Compliance
16 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz)
Cartridge Weight
10.5g

hana means ‘brilliant and gorgeous’ in the Japanese language, the inspiration for Hana cartridges.

The Hana range of low and high output moving coil cartridges offer outstanding performance and value in their respective price ranges.

Hana cartridges are the result of over 50 years expertise from the master cartridge maker Masao Okada-san. The Hana cartridge ranges have been developed to offer supreme musicality at affordable price points, allowing you to spend more on your favourite vinyl records – surely the very reason for buying a good phono cartridge in the first place.

50 years of cartridge design
Combining decades of experience, Hana cartridges are manufactured using modern manufacturing technologies combined with long established hand assembly techniques by highly skilled artisans and technicians, together with 100% laboratory testing to ensure the highest performance and lowest defect ratio.

Cartridges to suit budgets
Hana moving coil cartridges are offered in 4 price bands, the ‘E’,’S’,’M’ series and the newest ‘Umami’ series. The E,S and M series have both Low and High output options, the S series a Mono output option also.  The new Umami series offers what is possible at the highest end of the Hana range

A cartridge to suit your Hi-Fi system
The ‘E’, ‘S’ and ‘M’ series offer you the option of playing through either a moving coil phono stage (or MC step up transformer), or use a high output cartridge option through a moving magnet phono stage.  There is also a ‘S’ series mono cartridge.  Whether low or high output, stereo or mono option, the Hana cartridge ranges offer real musicality and value.

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