The HANA-Umami Way
The HANA-Umami Blue high-end moving coil cartridge combines the vision of Master cartridge designer Okada-san with the history of unique materials, classic Japanese techniques, and modern audio engineering. The Auricle™ body design, unique and exclusive to our Umami series, is CNC machined from Duralumin. Sharing key Umami Red ingredients, including the precision-cut diamond stylus, Boron cantilever, and high-purity copper wires, then combining these with the Alnico magnet-based generator found in the famous Hana ML, creates the exceptionally musical Umami Blue.
This synergistic relationship in MC cartridge design between specific materials, unique body design, a sophisticated generator, and hand-built precision is critical for outstanding cartridge performance. This creates a memorable and emotional experience, reminiscent of a meal at a Michelin 3-star restaurant, with every element and detail working in concert.
All the major parts in a HANA-Umami Blue are manufactured in-house by Excel Sound with its rich history spanning over 50 years. Excel’s highly trained craftsmen skillfully hand assemble the HANA-Umami Blue ensuring an intensely musical experience furthering the HANA “Brilliant and Gorgeous” sound quality.
|Body ||Duralumin (A7075) |
|Finish ||Melamine Thermosetting Process (MTP) |
|Cantilever ||Boron |
|Stylus ||Microline |
|Parts Material ||Pure Iron* |
|Magnet ||ALNICO |
|Output Pins ||24K Gold Plated |
|Coil Impedance ||8Ω |
|Output ||0.4mV |
|Coil Wire Material ||High Purity Copper |
|Load Impedance ||>80Ω |
|Frequency Response ||15-50,000Hz |
|Output Balance ||0.5dB/1kHz |
|Channel Separation ||30dB/1kHz |
|Tracking Force ||2g |
|Trackability ||70μm/2g |
|Dynamic Compliance ||10 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz) Estimated at 17 x 10(-6)cm/dyne at 10Hz |
|Weight ||10.8g |
|Height ||15.8mm |