Hana SLM Mono

Product Code: HNC005

£ 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 SLM is a low-output monaural moving coil with a Shibata stylus.

Press Reviews

“The answer came quickly, and it wasn’t even close: The Hoffman-Trei–aligned Hana SL Mono excavated a lot more information, and did so very quietly. Records such as Desmond Dekker & the Aces’ ‘Israelites’ (Ember 55129) or Little Eva’s ‘The Locomotion’ (Dimension 1000) made me feel I’d been granted some sort of honored privilege—an unprecedented ability to hear everything that had never before been exposed by my spherical-tipped cartridges. Single after single, the Hana SL Mono made sound that was decidedly present, punchy, finely detailed, and liquid.”

Read the full review.

Stereophile

Specs

Stylus
Nude diamond Shibata
Cantilever
Aluminium
Output
0.5mV/1kHz
Tracking force
2g
Trackability
70μm/2g
Dynamic compliance
10 x 10 (-6) cm/dyne
Frequency response
15-28,000Hz
Cartridge weight
5g
Colour
Black