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Hana

ML Cartridge

Stereophile Class B
"brilliant and conspicuously in the room."

"beguiling, tubelike sound,"

"a stunning-sounding, artfully engineered phono invention that loves all music, and a fantastic bargain." -Herb Reichert Stereophile Review


The 0.4M mV output Hana ML is the lower output cartridge from the Hana M Series.   This is getting into the fairly low output realm where phono stages need to be superlatively quiet if it's a built-in for a preamplifier, or more realistically a medium to high end external phono stage.  Some choice phono stages would be the Rega Aria, the McIntosh MP-100 and Luxman E-250

Hana MH and HL moving coil feature a brass based Delrin body and cryogenically treated high-purity copper parts and wires. Both have a microline ridge stylus giving the ability to track very fine grooves very quickly and yielding excellent detail in the mid/higher frequencies. A consideration when putting a microline cartridge is that your turntable has a high degree of cartridge position adjustability in all planes and (most importantly) very high grade bearings and a strong low-vibration operating environment where the needle meets the vinyl. 

Some good turntables / tonearms for this cartridge would be the McIntosh MT-5, the Luxman PD-171A, or the Linn Majik LP12, and Akurate LP12.  A Rega Planar 8 or 10 would work from a bearing quality perspective, but consideration must be taken due to the RB-880 and RB-2000 tonearms fixed height which may be changed increments of 2 mm using standard Rega Shims, which is more coarse than optimal.  

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.

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