Hana SL MC cartridge

Low Output MC Cartridge

Shibata Stylus

Aluminium cantilever
Made In Japan

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Manufacturer : HANA

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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.


As the name suggests (‘L’ for Low), the Hana SL is a low output model. Its 0.5 mV mean that is suitable for use with all MC phono preamplifiers available on the market. Despite the recommended 400 Ohms charge, you can get good results at 100 Ohms.

Hana’s approach to the design and technology of the generator is fairly flexible. Like the rest of the range, the cantilever is made of aluminium, chosen for its lightness and neutrality. The cantilever is fitted with the excellent Nude Shibata elliptical stylus. It has been shaped with the utmost precision to ensure that the profile nestles perfectly into the grooves of your records. Not only does it boast excellent tracking ability, it also works wonders on surface noise, reducing it to practically non-existent levels and therefore letting the music take centre stage. The body is made from a Delrin-like synthetic material, and this low output EL model is a shiny black colour.

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. The Hana EL delivers impressive timbre and nuance. With a load of 100 Ohms (which is the load offered by standard MC preamps), the balance is delicate and can sound a little dull through certain systems. If you have a relatively neutral Hi-Fi setup, and if your preamp allows, we recommend setting it to a value above 300 Ohms. With our Hi-Fi system, we achieved the best results after a break-in period with the Sutherland PH3D set to over 1000 Ohms. But with a different preamplifier, we got better results with 400 Ohms.

We were impressed by the clean and high quality sound from the very opening bars. The music sounds highly nuanced and natural, and the tonal balance was one of the best we've heard in this price range. All of the instruments are perfectly placed, making for highly enjoyable listening. The bass comes out especially well – it stands out as being particularly tight and well-articulated, without being overstated or heavy. Not that the other registers are far behind – the mids border on perfection, and vocals are present and perfectly defined, with a warm touch that humanises the whole sound. There is absolutely no aggressiveness or hissing. The overall sound quality is detailed, defined and natural at all times, with all of the tracking ability the Shibata stylus has to offer. It must have some of the lowest levels of surface noise in this market segment.

The Hana SL cartridge is an excellent alternative to the Ortofon Quintet Black, which, despite offering more definition, has a little less substance.

The Hana SL is sure to meet the high standards of audiophiles who love the timbres and silky smooth sounds of analogue. And the price isn't to be sniffed at either!

Highly recommended!

 

Also available in high output model: HANA SH MC CARTRIDGE

 

AWARDS:

Hi-Fi World
Hifi Pig Recommended - 2016
Hi-Fi Choice Recommended
Haute-Fidélité Meilleur Achat (Best Buy)
Stereo Test - Überragend Exceptional
Audio - Test Winner - Exceptional

Franck

Principle: Low output MC

Stylus: Nude Shibata

Cantilever: Aluminium

Output: 0.5mV

Balance: > 1.5 dB

Tracking force: 2g

Tracking ability: 60 µm/2 g

Compliance 10 Hz: 18

Compliance 100 Hz: 10

Channel separation: 28 dB/1 kHz

Frequency response: 15-32,000 Hz

Internal impedance: 30 Ohm

Load resistance: >400 Ohms

Weight: 5g

Banc d'essai Hi-Fi Pig

0.37 Mo - pdf

Banc d'essai Hi-Fi Choice

0.09 Mo - pdf

Banc d'essai Haute fidélité

0.57 Mo - pdf

Revue Part time Audiophile

0.94 Mo - pdf

Awards

Awards

Haute Fidélité

Hi-Fi Choice

Recommended

Hifi Pig

Recommended - 2016

Hi-Fi World

Stereo - Test

Überragend Exceptionnel

Audio

Test Winner - Exceptionnel
Customer reviews
(6 reviews)

Customer reviews

5/5
05/14/2017

RENAISSANCE !

Après de longues années d'approximation, j'ai enfin rencontré les bonnes personnes pour s'occuper de ma chère LP 12….
Franck m'a tout de suite orienté vers cette superbe cellule.
Dès la première écoute, j'ai été impressionné par la quasi absence de bruit de surface. Le son est doux, neutre mais très fouillé et sans aucune distorsion. Je n'avais jamais écouté mes disques dans de telles conditions … Même sur des vinyles de plus de 35 ans comme les albums de The Police, Dire Straits ou AC/DC, achetés à leur sortie, c'est magnifique.
Enfin, merci beaucoup à Franck pour tout le soin qu’il a apporté au réglage de ma LP12. Sans lui je serais toujours dans l'expectative

03/08/2017

Petite merveille.

Voilà une jolie cellule qui, pour un prix contenu, donne un très bel assortiment de qualités : vivante, pétillante ( les tubes de Saturday Night Fever m'ont donné le sourire et j' attends aves impatience le retour de ma compagne pour l'inviter à danser ! ) , elle n'oublie pas les timbres ( l' épreuve du grand opéra passe aisément et élégance) , ni le réalisme de la scène sonore. Très bonne association avec ma platine Music-Hall mmf 9-3 et le préampli Lehmann Back Box SE II, conformément aux conseils avisés de maPlatine.com.

03/01/2017

Hana SL

Superbe cellule, très claire et détaillée... Elle n'est pas encore rodée mais elle donne déjà beaucoup !! Merci à Franck et toute l'équipe pour la disponibilité, les conseils, le professionnalisme et la passion !
Baptiste

11/28/2016

Qualité des timbres !

Je me suis ravisé au dernier moment en l'adoptant en lieu et place d'une Ortofon Quintet Black S pour le remplacement de la cellule MM de ma ClearAUdio Performances DC.
Choix heureux, surtout couplée au Graham Slee Elevator EXP.
Déjà, sans aucun rodage, l'ensemble dégage une dynamique et un timbre sans égal.
En général, je me confie plus à mes oreilles qu'aux tests, mais force est de constater que l'analyse de Franck est avérée.
A recommander vivement !
Daniel

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Hana SL MC cartridge

Hana SL MC cartridge

Low Output MC Cartridge

Shibata Stylus

Aluminium cantilever
Made In Japan

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