Hana | Umami Red - MC Cartridge
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.
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Umami Sound means Wonderful Taste in Music
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 HANA-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.
Model: Umami Red (UR)
Body Material: Duralumin (A7075), Ebony Wood
Body Finish: Gloos Urushi Lacquer/ Red
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
Cryo-genic treatment: Yes
Frequency Response: 15~50,000Hz
Output Balance: 0.5dB/1kHz
Channel Separation: >30dB/1kHz
Tracking Force Weight: 2 gr.
Dynamic Compliance: 10 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz)
Dynamic Compliance: 16 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz)
Cartridge Weight: 10.5 gr.