Hana Umami Red Moving Coil Phono Cartridge
The Absolute Sound - 2023 Editors Choice Award, Phono Cartridges $2000-5000
2021 TAS Phono Cartridge Of The Year:
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 flavor 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 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, mimics the shape of the human outer ear to rigidly support the “Open Air” Moving Coil generator. It is machined from A7075 Duralumin with a multi-layered Urushi lacquer finish originating from the Japanese Makie-artistic tradition, and incorporates an Ebony Wood inlay, tapped mounting holes, and stylus guard.
All the major parts of the HANA-Umami Red are manufactured in house by Excel Sound, with its highly-trained craftsmen skillfully 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.
*We do also handle the Etsuro Urushi line, by inquiry.
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Umami Red Specifications
|Duralumin (A7075), Ebony Wood
|Gloss Urushi Lacquer/ Red
|Microline Nude Diamond
|PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone)
|24K Gold Plated
|Coil Wire Material
|High Purity Copper
|> 60 Ω
|Tracking Force Weight
|10 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz)
|16 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (10Hz)