Hana Umami Red Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

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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

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

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