Brilliant and Gorgeous: Japanese-Made Hana Umami Blue Low-Output MC Phono Cartridge Is a Detail, Tone, Tracking, and Texture Specialist
The Hana Umami Blue low-output MC phono cartridge is true to the meaning of the Japanese company’s name: “brilliant and gorgeous.” Merging elements from the acclaimed Umami Red and Hana ML models, Umami Blue represents a synergy of high-end materials, architecture, engineering, and craftsmanship executed in the service of playing back vinyl LPs with a striking combination of musicality, emotionalism, and naturalism. Distinguished by a MTP-finished Duralumin body with an Auricle design that mirrors the shape of a human ear, it invites you to savor every listening experience as you would a four-star meal. Every element of the hand-made Umami Blue acts in concert to achieve such performance.
Merging several key aspects of the more expensive and award-winning Umami Red — including a precision-cut diamond stylus, Boron cantilever, and high-purity copper wiring — and borrowing the Alnico magnet-based generator from Hana ML, Boron cantilever, Umami Blue functions as a texture, tone, and detail specialist. Its stellar tracking ability and channel separation will have you listening to old favorites with an open mind. And like all Hana models, this 0.4mV output cartridge exemplifies value in its price class. Hana prides itself on striving for best-in-class performance in the same way it prizes the in-house manufacturing by Excel Sound, which has been building cartridges for more than five decades.
Body: Duralumin (A7075)
Finish: Melamine Thermosetting Process (MTP)
Parts Material: Pure Iron*
Output Pins: 24K Gold Plated
Coil Impedance: 8Ω
Coil Wire Material: High Purity Copper
Load Impedance: >80Ω
Frequency Response: 15-50,000Hz
Output Balance: 0.5dB/1kHz
Channel Separation: 30dB/1kHz
Tracking Force: 2g
Dynamic Compliance: 10 x 10(-6) cm/dyne (100Hz) Estimated at 17 x 10(-6)cm/dyne at 10Hz
User Manual (PDF, 344 KB)