Affordable Cartridge, Excellent Sound.
The Hana M Series featuring higher specification parts, advanced materials, unique technical treatment and superior mechanical interface.
M Series Nude Microline stylus – Higher Specification Part
Befitting its name, the M Series uses a Nude Microline stylus, mimicking the cutting stylus and fitting more precisely into the vinyl groove. This enhances tracking to capture the most delicate musical details with better frequency reproduction, stereo imaging, and resolution.
High Purity copper wire – Higher Specification Part
Very high-purity copper wire is used for winding the M Series moving coils, offering greater clarity of sound for both low output ML and high output MH models. The ML features a new low impedance generator for optimized performance with a broader range of phono preamps
Delrin© cartridge body – Advanced Materials
The M Series cartridge body is injection molded from Delrin©, a high tech polymer with improved mechanical characteristics for better resonance damping, to reveal more low level information and enhance dynamic range.
Cryogenic Processing - Unique Technical Treatment
Cryogenic processing is Cold Annealing at near absolute zero temperature that restructures metals at the molecular level. Especially important in the Alnico based magnetic electro-motive circuit (cartridge signal generator). The M Series parts treated include the front yoke as well as center and rear components. The result is a more precise and controlled magnetic flux field for greater linearity and musical sound quality.
Threaded fittings and Brass Cap - Superior Mechanical Interface
Built into the M Series Delrin© cartridge body are metal threaded fittings for headshell mounting hardware, offering easier attachment and a superior mechanical interface for better bass and dynamics.
The Delrin© cartridge body also features an integral machined brass cap providing constrained mode layer damping and its heavier 9.5 gram weight provides expanded compatibility with a wider range of tonearms and turntables.
We have now reached a new dawn for HANA brilliance with the M Series Deluxe model moving coil cartridges. The Hana MH (high output) represents the further evolution of the “Brilliant and Gorgeous” quality that has earned HANA its worldwide reputation as we aspire towards affordable perfection.
• M Series Nude Microline stylus, Higher Specification Part.
• Delrin© cartridge body, Advanced Materials.
• Threaded fittings and Brass Cap, Superior Mechanical Interface.
• Integral machined brass cap.
• High Purity copper wire, Higher Specification Part.
• Alnico based magnetic electro-motive circuit (cartridge signal generator).
• Cryogenic Processing, Unique Technical Treatment.
Stylus: Nude Microline tip
Magnetic circuitry: Pure Iron/Cryo treatment
Coil wire: High Purity Copper
Cartridge Housing/Base: POM (Delrin©) /Brass
Output level: 0.4mV/1KHz
Output balance: <1dB/1KHz
Vertical Tracking force: 2gr
Compliance: 10 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Channel separation: 30dB/1KHz
Frequency response: 12-45,000Hz
Impedance: 8 Ohms/1KHz
Suggested load Impedance: > 100 Ohms
Cartridge weight: 9.5gr
Body Color: Black
Dynamic compliance: 10 x 10(-6) cm/dyne at 100Hz is equivalent to about 20 x 10(-6) cm/dyne at 10Hz (theoretical calculation of the dynamic compliance).
“華” (All made and assembled in Japan)
Introduction to Hana and product details
Hana Cartridges are made by Excel Sound Corporation, coming from a 40 years of fascinating history of Japanese analogue cartridges.
The Hana cartridges by Excel, featuring the low and high output versions of their E Series and the S Series are very important products in the further development of the analog market. And in 2019 Hana launched the new Deluxe "M" Series.
Excel has always been one of the key “behind the scenes” Japanese cartridge manufacturers and many audiophiles have no doubt owned an Excel-made cartridge under one of their various OEM brands (including Benz Micro’s entry level models; MC Gold and Silver).
When an OEM house distributes their own brand, they reserve their best efforts for themselves:
- Hana, translated as “brilliant and gorgeous”, represents Excel’s best materials, including alnico magnets, cross-shaped armatures, and proprietary manufacturing processes. They have excelled at creating MC cartridges noted worldwide for their sound and value, which retain their “musical magic” regardless of the phono stage.
- Weighting only 5 grams ("E" and "S" Series) and 9.5 grams ("M" Series), they possess great tracking ability, and are available in both “L” low and “H” high output versions.
- Hana EL and EH cartridges represent the best way to upgrade from “starter” cartridges that come packaged with turntables. Instead, the SL and SH models can be a very specific choice when when an audiophile and analogue enthusiast is looking for a terrific quality-price ratio product to be installed on an important turntable/tonearm set-up.
In detail, how do they sound? Normally an MC cartridge of this already moderate price tends to not to be balanced and show irregularities and coloured highs. None of that with the HANA’s, timbre is perfectly smooth and natural, transparent and armonically complete, with a great sense of “real”.
The High-output models sound slightly more airy, while the low output ones are on the neutral side.
The distinctive Moss Green body of the EL and EH models houses a sophisticated generator with aluminum cantilever and elliptical stylus. The Hana SL and SH models, distinguished by their black body, provide tighter channel balance, greater channel separation, and improved high-frequency extension as well as an upgraded Shibata stylus.
Introduction to M Deluxe Series – Aspiring towards affordable perfection
Now, building upon the foundation of the critically acclaimed HANA sound, we introduce our new “M” Series deluxe model moving coil cartridge. Available in high and low output versions, this evolutionary new class leading model continues the HANA tradition by featuring higher specification parts, advanced materials, unique technical treatment and superior mechanical interface.
Excel Sound manufactures all the major parts, producing affordable cartridges with an excellent sound quality. Specialized tooling improves the price/quality ratio, with manufactured parts designed for maximum performance and consistency. Excel’s experienced craftsmen skillfully hand assemble all the parts into an excellent finished product, producing the consistently “Brilliant and Gorgeous” HANA sound.
Trade-in Upgrade program to Hana cartridges
The Playstereo cartridge upgrade with trade-in program on Hana cartridges is active right now, so to ease the cartridge replacement, please contact us for more information.
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