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Hana EL Cartridge


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Hana EL Cartridge

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Introducing a new line from Japan, Hana (or hana, which means “brilliant and gorgeous” in the original Japanese). HANA Moving Coil Phono Cartridges use high rigidity aluminum cantilevers, and cross-shaped armatures, providing you with brilliant and gorgeous sound, plus, capable of excellent high frequency response, giving you supreme transparency and excellent tractability. Hana cartridges are produced by Excel Sound Corporation of Tokyo Japan, a long time OEM cartridge producer. Your choice of either hi-output or low-output.

The Hana EL provides high-end musical performance from a low-output moving coil cartridge at an extremely attractive price. Handmade in Japan, the EL uses ALNICO magnets and affords the listener the textural, imaging, and musically involving qualities associated with the best MC cartridges.

Long prized by audiophiles and music lovers, affordable low output MCs such as the EL are a perfect match to today’s generation of high-gain phono stages.



Stylus Synthetic Elliptical
Cantilever Aluminum
Output Level 0.5mv/1kHz
Output Balance <2dB/1 KHz
Vertical Tracking Force 2g
Trackability 70 µm/2g
Channel Separation 25dB/1kHz
Frequency Response 15-25,000Hz
Impedance 30Ω/1kHz
Suggested Load Impedance >400Ω
Cartridge Weight 5g
Body Color Moss Green

Elliptical High(EH) and Low(EL)

Hana EL and EH moving coil cartridges represent the best way to upgrade from “starter” cartridges that typically come packaged with turntables. Weighing in at only 5 grams, and possessing great tracking ability, the Hana EL and EH cartridges feature a distinctive moss green body which houses a sophisticated generator with an aluminum cantilever, and synthetic elliptical stylus. “Both these moving coil cartridges bring genuine advantages to any listening session at a low, low price. Terrific value for money.” — Paul Rigby, HiFi World (UK)

“The Hana (EL and EH) get a solid recommendation for their $475 price point. The Hana-SH gets an easy recommendation for the sub-$999 category and quite possibly beyond. The Hana-SL is the gem of the lineup and can easily fit in any ’table/’arm combination that will accommodate a 0.5mV output. With the Hana-SL, the user can rest assured the cartridge will support the next ’table/’arm “upgrade” and will provide a clear baseline from which to judge if any future cartridge “upgrade” is warranted. The Hana-SL is strongly being considered as an addition to my choices of moving-coil cartridges to use for ’table/’arm evaluations and—more importantly—musical enjoyment. Yes, it’s that good.”

– The Absolute Sound, High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide 2017

“The EL’s basic sonic character was highly musical and exceptionally non-mechanical… [The Hana EL] demonstrated technicolor mids, liquid (but not overly extended) highs, and a delightful way with plucked double bass.”

Additional listening yielded more great results, with Mr. Reichert touting its “easygoing musical magic” and its “inexorably real” sound.

Herb’s conclusion: “I love it.”

– Herb Reichert , Stereophile magazine, August 2016

“Both cartridges, however, performed well and both bring genuine advantages to any listening session, while both offer terrific value for money.”

– Paul Rigby,

“If the vinyl revival continues I see a bright future for the new Hana brand, its excellent price to quality ratio should ensure that.”

– René van Es,, February 12, 2016


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