Hana Umami Moving Coil Cartridge




Low output 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.

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 - Gloss 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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