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HANA Umami Red MC Cartridge @Audio Basic
« on: January 14th, 2023, 12:01pm »
After long waiting , our new shipment of HANA cartridges including Umamii Red have arrived !
HiFi Plus Magazine has awarded Hana Umami Red as Cartridge of the Year Award Winner 2020 ! https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/2021-product-of-the-ye
Quoted from the review:
"The Umami Red is that rare jewel in phono cartridges; a design that gives you both the sort of detail and precision of sound that presents whatever music you put on the platter with laser-guided focus on the recording itself, and the musical grace and passion"
"The Umami Red as a great tonal balance too, perfectly pitched between bright and bland. It's sophisticated presentation will take time to beguile, but when it does, it will really get under your skin"
"The Hana ML and MH gets you glimpses of what a really good cartridge can do. The Umami Red gives you the complete picture. It represents the top-end of Hana's output, but goes toe-to-toe with some exceptionally rare cartridges with some very lofty reputations, And it sacrifices nothing, This is truly top-tier LP replay!
Umami Sound means Wonderful Taste in Music
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 flavor on the palette, a synergistic effect resulting in higher taste intensity.
Hanaʼ 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 Auricle™ 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.
List Price : $5400
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