Hana SH

Product Code: HNC003

£629.00

ex-vat: £ 524.17

The ancient Japanese symbol that represents Hana can be translated as “flower” and “brilliant and gorgeous”. Both meanings express the sonic character of Hana cartridges.

Excel Sound, the manufacturer, which used to make cartridges for other brands, produces all the major parts, from materials like aluminium for the cantilever, AlNiCo magnets, pure iron for the magnetic circuit, and 4N copper wire for MC wiring. The electrical sub-assembly is then packaged in an ABS plastic body by highly skilled artisans. Hana cartridges as a result offer astonishing price/performance value.

The Hana SH is a high-output moving coil, suited for a moving-magnet phono stage, with an Shibata stylus.

Press Reviews

“What immediately impressed me with both [Hana SH and SL] cartridges was the very low surface noise and how quiet they were overall. There was no hum even with the level turned well up and this made for an easy listen where the music was highlighted without being drowned out with irritating surface noise. I am sure the Shibata stylus helped contribute to this performance and proves what a clever design it is. High frequencies were clearly portrayed and detailing was very good on instruments like cymbals, hi-hat etc. and background detail was easily retrieved, making for an enjoyable listen. Vocals were clear and well projected in the sound stage which itself had good depth and spread. Bass was also well defined and detailed.”

Hi-Fi Pig

“The Hana-SH gets an easy recommendation for the sub-$999 category and quite possibly beyond.”

Read the full review.

The Absolute Sound

Specs

Stylus
Nude diamond Shibata
Cantilever
Aluminium
Output
2mV/1kHz
Output balance
<1.5dB/1KHz
Tracking force
2g
Trackability
70μm/2g
Dynamic compliance
10 x 10 (-6) cm/dyne
Channel separation
28dB/1KHz
Frequency response
15-32,000Hz
Impedance
130Ω/1KHz
Suggested load impedance
47KΩ
Suggested capacitance load
47-220 pf
Cartridge weight
5g
Colour
Black