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'outstanding' Hi-Fi World review by Editor Noel Keywood, March 2019
It (ML) gave more insight into Marianne Thorsen's violin ... than I have ever heard before .... it was the best I've heard from this 'difficult' LP .... the slight sense of shimmer I often hear was replaced by a steady confidence in transcription .... I've never heard such a good sound as this before.
.... Carol Kenyon's 'Dance with me' was similarly fast, impactful and better resolved that I have ever heard it; there was more insight and retrieval of fine detail, again a sense of open spaciousness yet no glare or edginess.
No intermittent buzz from obvious mistracking, or the loss of confidence from weak groove contact.
The Hana ML was wonderfully insightful, had tonal poise and good firm bass ... placing it ahead of most else .... At the price, this is a great moving coil, well worth buying.
The MH .... equally revealing.
M stands for Micro-line, the design of the nude diamond stylus tip used on this range of two cartridges, the ML (low output) and MH (high output).
In line with the Hana philosophy of offering highly musical cartridges at competitive prices, the ML and MH options are set to offer a great sound and great value for money.
Otherwise identical to the MH model, the high-purity copper wound coil in the ML delivers just 0.4mV per channel. The impedance is 8Ω and it is recommended to load it with an impedance of less than 100Ω.
The Hana M Series cartridge bodies are made from black polyoxymethylene (POM) which is a very hard, extremely rigid and very strong thermoplastic Excel using a particular formulation of POM manufactured by DuPont that sells under the trademarked name ‘Delrin’. Both cartridges have nude Microline styluses and aluminium cantilevers. The shape of the nude Microline stylus, mimics that of the cutting stylus used in the cutting lathe and therefore fits precisely into the vinyl groove.
This enhanced tracking ability enables the Hana M Series cartridges to capture the most delicate musical details with better frequency resolution, channel balance and stereo imaging as well as lower distortion.’ Hana cartridge parts are manufactured for maximum performance and consistency then assembled by hand at the company’s facility in Yokohama, Japan. Several of the components used in the magnetic circuit including the front yoke, are cryogenically treated— a process Excel claims results in the creation of a more precise and controlled magnetic flux field that in turn enables greater linearity and more musical sound quality.
Stylus: Nude MicrolineCantilever: AluminiumMagnet: AlnicoCoil Wire: Very High Purity CopperCartridge Housing/Base: POM/BrassOutput Level: 0.2mV (ML)Output Level: 2.0mV (MH)
Channel Balance: <1dB/1kHzRec. Tracking Force: 2gTrackability: 70µ/2gCompliance: 10×10-6 cm/dyneChannel Separation: 30dB @ 1kHzFrequency Range: 12Hz to 45kHzImpedance: 8Ω (ML)Impedance: 100Ω (MH)
Suggested Load Impedance: <100Ω (ML)Suggested Load Impedance: 47kΩ (MH)
Cartridge Weight: 9.5gBody Colour: Black
Much better than I expected.
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