Hana ML - low output MC cartridge
"this is the best £3,000–£4,000 cartridge you can buy… for £995"
Alan Sircom Hi-Fi+ 5 Jun 2019
HANA means :“Brilliant and Gorgeous” in Japanese. This is the new Hana ML
The HANA M range are the advanced models of the now world-wide renowned HANA E and S ranges of Moving Coil cartridges, famous for their high quality sound reproduction, ease of setup and use; and competitive pricing.
The HANA-ML is the low output moving coil cartridge option Low output option, with Micro-line stylus profile. This cartridge is designed to be used with a MC phono stage or MC step-up device + MM phono stage.
There are several advanced product features (Over E and S range HANA Moving Coil cartridges) that take the sound fidelity and musical enjoyment to new heights, continuing to offer a superb sound quality v. price at its higher price point.
The stylus design is ‘Micro-Line’ (a shape that more closely follows the cutting head when the metal master is being produced), fitting more precisely into the vinyl groove to capture the very smallest details, offering better frequency reproduction and less distortion.
The Hana M Series cartridge bodies are made from black polyoxymethylene (POM) which is a very hard, extremely rigid and very strong thermoplastic. Excel uses a particular formulation of POM manufactured by DuPont that sells under the trademarked name ‘Delrin’, a material with much improved mechanical characteristics such as better resonance damping and hardness.
Parts such as the front yoke, center and rear components of the magnetic electro-motive circuit and wires are Cryogenic processed, this is a 'cold annealing' process at near absolute zero temperature, it restructures metals at the molecular level, resulting in lower sound distortion). The result is a more precise and musical sound quality.
Very high-quality copper wire has been selected for MH/ML moving coils, offering greater clarity of sound, thanks to its lower distortion of the musical signal.
There are captive threaded nuts for head shell fixing screws, these are built into the cartridge body offering easy mechanical fixing to the Tonearm headshell.
There is a gold plated copper resonance plate integral with the cartridge body, that further reduces distortion from vibrations.
Hi-Fi+, 5 Jun 2019
As it stands, this is the best £3,000–£4,000 cartridge you can buy… for £995.
The Audiophile Man, 19 Apr 2019
... a sense of clarity and insight that allowed detail to be picked out from the subtle recesses of the mix. A trick often reserved for rarified high-end designs. 9/10
Hi-Fi World, 1 Mar 2019
'Beyond wonderful ... I've never heard such a good sound as this before.'
Hi Fi Choice, 1 Mar 2019
The ML is energetic and lively, and avoids listening fatigue even on poorer pressings..... its considerable charms take very little time to grow on you.
The Absolute Sound, 1 Oct 2018
I thought I was listening to a much more expensive cartridge, which makes the Hana ML a great value.
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