'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
I could write a review which describes how the Hana ML sounds supremely detailed, with airy natural vocals, and a very solid and powerful, but not overbearing, bass. I could mention the breathtaking instrument separation and clarity of presentation. I could also go on about the fact that I originally bought this cartridge to go into a secondary system but because it sounds so good itís now itís my main rig. There are probably many more things I could say but Iíll keep it simple:I donít know if I miraculously stumbled upon the ideal set up for this cart but, straight out of the box, this Hana ML is something else! Iíd been running a Dynavector KV Karat 17DX (about 400 hours) which is a fantastic cart but when I swapped it out for the Hana, its difficult to describe it but I Ďfeltí the music, rather than just hearing it. Whether it was AC/DC, Beethoven or Zappa (or anything else in between, for that matter), everything just came alive.For an objective test, I enrolled my wife (a true hifi sceptic) to listen to her favourite album (Dark Side of the Moon). I put it on, she listened, and at the end she said it sounded so amazing it had given her goosebumps. Pretty much says it all.P.S. The Dynavector is happily singing away in the other system, and still sounding fantastic. Horses for courses, maybe?
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Reviewing a cartridge is quite difficult if you only have one turntable!Having used a Hana EL for several years, which I found to have superb sound quality and fantastic value for money, it was time for an upgrade. Having exhausted myself with reviews and various forum threads I opted for the Hana ML cartridge, no rhyme or reason for this apart from I'd had experience of another Hana cartridge. Well I was blown away with the performance of the ML, superb detail, beautiful mid-range and full and solid bass. Never really understood all the fuss about MC cart's, I do now, what a revelation to my ears, well that's my opinion anyway. Music and the sound of the equipment is very subjective and that will be down to the individual, the Hana ML will sound stunning in any system apart from Fisher-price.
Thanks to Analogue Seduction for sorting out the ordering problem, they provided good communications and quickly resolved the problem.Great Cartridge
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Much better than I expected.
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