"the EL's basic sonic character was highly musical and exceptionally nonmechanical." -Herb Reichert Stereophile Review
Hana EH and EL moving coil cartridges represent the best way to upgrade from “starter” cartridges that typically come packaged with turntables. Weighing in at only 5 grams, and possessing great tracking ability, the Hana EL and EH cartridges feature a distinctive moss green body which houses a sophisticated generator with an aluminum cantilever, and synthetic elliptical stylus.
Hana cartridges by Excel represent the best materials, including alnico magnets, cross-shaped armatures, and proprietary manufacturing processes. Hana has excelled at creating MC cartridges noted worldwide for their sound and value, which retain their “musical magic” regardless of their phono stage pairing.
The .5 mV output Hana EL is the lower output cartridge from the Hana E Series. A voltage of .5 is suitable for most higher end built-in phono stages such as those found in McIntosh and Luxman components. Pearl Audio's in-store Luxman PD-171A turntable sports the Hana EL and it sounds fantastic with accompanying Luxman receivers and preamplifiers.
This cartridge is not a good candidate for inexpensive MC phono stages as the relatively small .5 mV output does need higher end circuitry that won't introduce noise into the signal.
If you have a midrange MC phono stage you are better off with the Hana EH version. The EH will be less susceptible to EMF from nearby electronics and radio transmission towers and can use a less well shielded phono cable. The Hana EH version has more coils, and the coils are attached to the stylus, so the EH's stylus is heavier and gives up a little fleetness to the EL.