It’s always exciting to see a new cartridge brand pop up on the market, and even more so in 2015! Hana, like the majority of high-end MC cartridge brands, has come to us from Japan.
The Hana EH has retained all the features of the Hana E, but has picked up an extra ‘H’ along the way – that stands for ‘high’ output. And to achieve this higher output, the Japanese manufacturer has used the technique of extra coil winding. This means it can reach an output of 2mV and a load of 47 kOhms. Despite this still being a relatively low number that requires the cartridge to be used with a sensitive MM preamp, a lower output also signals high quality. MC cartridges with a very high output tend to ‘blare’ and sound more like a ‘common’ MM cartridge! Hana's approach to the design and technology of the generator is fairly flexible.
The cantilever is made of aluminium and is fitted with an elliptical stylus that, after undergoing rigorous tests to ensure compliance with the brand’s technical specs, has been shaped with the utmost precision. With this optimal profile, it nestles perfectly into the grooves of your records. The body is made from a Delrin-like synthetic material, and this high output EH model is coloured green.
We tried it out with a lightweight 9” tonearm as well as with a more substantial 12” model. It’s worth noting that its compliance of 10 at 100 Hz – so around 18 at 10 Hz – gives it impressive versatility, which is helpful for you when choosing either a lightweight or average weight tonearm. This Hana is an MC cartridge with extra winding (giving it a charge of 47,000 Ohms like an MM model), without the clear, harsh sound of many of its competitors. Like its low output counterpart, it delivers impressive timbre and nuance. Playback is detailed, defined and natural, with a well-articulated and nuanced bass register. Vocals sound very present, with no aggressiveness to report. The level of detail is incredible, without ever spilling over into a clinical sound. Its neutrality means that it is highly versatile and easy to pair with other equipment.
The Hana EH cartridge is an excellent alternative to other brands’ offerings, such as Sumiko or Benz Micro. It is the perfect cartridge for audiophiles who love the timbres and silky smooth sounds of analogue. And the value for money is remarkable!
Also available in low output model: HANA EL MC CARTRIDGE
Wall of Sound - Gold Star of Excellence - 2017
The Audiophile Man - Deeply Groovy - 2016
Principle: High output MC
Stylus type: Elliptical
Balance: > 2 dB
Tracking force: 2g
Tracking ability: 60 μm/2 g
Compliance 100 Hz: 10
Compliance 10 Hz: 18
Channel separation: 25 dB/1 kHz
Frequency response: 15-25,000 Hz
Internal impedance: 130 Ohm
Load resistance: 47 Kohms