Hana Umami Red


All the major parts of the HANA-Umami Red are manufactured in house by Excel Sound with its highly trained craftsmen skilfully hand assembling each cartridge

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Hana Umami Red

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Umami Sound means Wonderful Taste in Music

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 flavour 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 low output 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 Umami Red exclusive Auricle™ body design (with tapped mounting holes) mimics the shape of the human outer ear to rigidly support the cryogenically treated “Open Air” Moving Coil generator.

It is machined from a hard Duralumin with a multi-layered Urushi lacquer finish originating from the Japanese Makie-artistic tradition and incorporates an Ebony Wood inlay resonance damper.

An easy to fit stylus guard protects your investment.

All the major parts of the HANA-Umami Red are manufactured in house by Excel Sound with its highly trained craftsmen skilfully 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.

The Umami Red offers 0.4mv/1KHz output.

2 year guarantee and a ‘new for old or damaged’ replacement service.

Specifications Hana Umami Red

Hana Umami Red Specifications
Model Umami Red (UR)
Body Material Duralumin (A7075), Ebony Wood
Body Finish Gloos Urushi Lacquer/ Red
Cantilever Boron
Stylus Microline Nude Diamond
Armature Material Permalloy
Armature Shape Square
Parts Material Pure Iron
Magnet Samarium Colbalt
Terminal Plate PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone)
Terminal Pin 24K Gold Plated
Coil Impedance 6Ω/1kHz
Coil Output Level 0.4mV/1kHz
Coil Wire Material High Purity Copper
Terminating Impedance >60Ω
Cryo-genic treatment Yes
Frequency Response 15~50,000Hz
Output Balance 0.5dB/1kHz
Channel Separation >30dB/1kHz
Tracking Force Weight 2 gr.
Trackability 70μm/2gr
Dynamic Compliance 10 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz)
Dynamic Compliance 16 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz)
Cartridge Weight 10.5 gr.


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hana means ‘brilliant and gorgeous’ in the Japanese language, the inspiration for Hana cartridges. The Hana range of low and high output moving coil cartridges offer outstanding performance and value in their respective price ranges. Hana cartridges are the result of over 50 years expertise from the master cartridge maker Masao Okada-san. The Hana cartridge ranges have been developed to offer supreme musicality at affordable price points, allowing you to spend more on your favourite vinyl records – surely the very reason for buying a good phono cartridge in the first place.

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