Hana brand moving coil cartridges manufactured by Excel Sound deliver what the Japanese company terms “Brilliant and Gorgeous” performance for vinyl music lovers. This Hana sound comes from superb design, engineering excellence, and 50 years of experience by Masao Okada-san, the Excel Sound cartridge design Master.
Over the years, the Hana E and S Series moving coil cartridges have achieved global recognition for their world-class analog music reproduction at a previously unattainable price. Now, building upon the foundation of the critically acclaimed Hana sound, Hana introduces its new “M” Series Deluxe model moving coil cartridge. Available in high and low output versions, this evolutionary class leading model continues the Hana tradition of featuring higher specification parts, advanced materials, unique technical treatment, and a superior mechanical interface.
Excel Sound manufactures all the major parts, producing affordable cartridges with an excellent sound quality. Specialized tooling improves the price/quality ratio, with manufactured parts designed for maximum performance and consistency. Excel’s experienced craftsmen skillfully hand-assemble all the parts into an excellent finished product, producing the consistently “Brilliant and Gorgeous” Hana sound.
Befitting its name, the Hana M Series uses a Nude Microline stylus, mimicking the record cutting stylus and fitting more precisely into the vinyl groove. This enhances tracking to capture the most delicate musical details with better frequency reproduction, stereo imaging, and resolution.
Very high-purity copper wire is used for winding the M Series moving coils, offering greater clarity of sound for both low output ML and high output MH models. The ML features a new low impedance generator for optimized performance with a broader range of phono preamps.
The M Series cartridge body is injection molded from Delrin©, a high tech polymer with improved mechanical characteristics for better resonance damping, to reveal more low level information and enhance dynamic range.
Cryogenic processing is cold annealing at near absolute zero temperature that restructures metals at the molecular level. This is especially important in the Alnico based magnetic electro-motive circuit (cartridge signal generator). The M Series parts treated include the front yoke as well as center and rear components. The result is a more precise and controlled magnetic flux field for greater linearity and musical sound quality.
Built into the M Series Delrin cartridge body are metal threaded fittings for headshell mounting hardware, offering easier attachment and a superior mechanical interface for better bass and dynamics. The Delrin cartridge body also features an integral machined brass cap, providing resonance damping, and its heavier 9.5 gram weight provides expanded compatibility with a wider range of tonearms and turntables.