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 Masao Okada-san applies this concept as he combines brilliant materials and classic Japanese techniques with modern audio engineering in creating his HANA-Umami Red MC cartridge.
The cryogenically treated MC generator features a samarium/cobalt magnet with a Permalloy square plate armature, hand-wound with high purity 30-micron copper wire for an internal impedance of 6Ω and .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 AuricleTM body design, mimics the shape of the human outer ear to rigidly support the “Open Air” Moving Coil generator. It is machined from A7075 Duralumin with a multi-layered Urushi lacquer finish originating from the Japanese Makie-artistic tradition, and incorporates an Ebony Wood inlay, tapped mounting holes, and stylus guard.
All the major parts of the HANA-Umami Red are manufactured in house by Excel Sound with its highly trained craftsmen skillfully 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.
|Body||Material: Duralumin (A7075), Ebony Wood Finish: Gloss Urushi Lacquer/ Red|
|Cantilever Assembly||Cantilever: Boron Stylus: Microline Nude Diamond Armature Material: Permalloy Armature Shape: Square|
|Magnetic Circuit||Parts Material: Pure Iron Magnet: Samarium Cobalt Terminal Plate: PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) Terminal Pin: 24K Gold Plated|
|Coil||Coil Impedance: 6 O/1KHz Output: 0.4mv/1KHz Coil Wire Material: High Purity Copper Terminating Impedance: > 60 O|
- Frequency Response: 10-50,000Hz
- Output Balance: 0.5dB/1KHz
- Channel Separation: >30dB/1KHz
- Tracking Force Weight: 2g
- Trackability: 70µm/2g
- Dynamic Compliance: 10 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz) Estimated: 16 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (10Hz)
- Cartridge Weight: 10.5g