A fortunate encounter with Excel Sound = Hana

It was more than fortunate to have met Masao Okada-san, founder of Excel Sound almost 40 years ago and then in 2015, to have him develop the Hana line of moving coil cartridges for our exclusive export. We are privileged to be partners with Excel Sound and without our long-standing friendship, Hana moving coil cartridges would never have been launched.

Meaning “Brilliant and Gorgeous” in the Japanese language, “華”, Hana moving coil cartridges are affordably priced and supply the most “Brilliant and Gorgeous” performance to audiophile customers for their budget.

 

Elliptical High(EH) and Low(EL) output MC cartridge

 

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.

Specifications (EH):

    • Stylus: Elliptical
    • Cantilever: Aluminum
    • Output: 2mV
    • Output Balance: <2dB1KH
    • Tracking Force: 2g
    • Channel Separation: 22dB/1kHz
    • Frequency Response: 15-25,000Hz
    • Impedance: 130ohms/1kHz
    • Suggested Load: 47k
    • Weight: 5g
    • Color: Green

Specifications (EL):*

    • Output: .5mV
    • Impedance: 30ohms/1kHz
    • Suggested Load: >400ohms

*The EH and EL are identical except for what’s specified in the EL section.

Shibata High(SH) and Low(SL) output MC cartridge

 

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.

 

Specifications (SH):

  • Stylus: Nude Shibata
  • Cantilever: Aluminum
  • Output: 2mV
  • Output Balance: <1.5dB1KH
  • Tracking Force: 2g
  • Channel Separation: 25dB/1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 15-32,000Hz
  • Impedance: 130ohms/1kHz
  • Suggested Load: 47k
  • Weight: 5g
  • Color: Black

Specifications (SL):*

  • Output: .5mV
  • Impedance: 30ohms/1kHz
  • Suggested Load: >400ohms

*The SH and SL are identical except for what’s specified in the SL section.

 

 

     

       

         

           

             

               

                 

                   

                   

                   

                  Microline High(MH) and Low(ML) output MC cartridge

                   

                  Higher-specifications parts, extra-pure copper wiring, Delrin cartridge bodies, cryogenically processed materials, and threaded headshell fittings all equate to deluxe performance from Hana M Series MH and ML moving-coil cartridges. Devised to more precisely fit into vinyl grooves and provide exceptional damping, the Japanese-made models extract information with archeological-like purpose and expertise – all while proving among the most linear, extended, dynamic, and consistent cartridges anywhere near their price class. The only difference between the models: MH is high-output (2mV) while ML is low-output (0.4mV).

                   

                  Befitting its name, the hand-assembled M Series uses a nude microline stylus that mimics the form of a cutting stylus and fits more precisely into the vinyl groove. The design also enhances tracking to capture the most delicate details with better frequency reproduction, imaging, and resolution. In the moving-coil windings themselves, high-purity copper wire offers greater clarity. ML features a new low-impedance generator for optimized performance with a broader range of phono preamps.

                   

                  Injection-molded from Delrin, a high-tech polymer with improved mechanical characteristics for better resonance damping, M Series’ cartridge bodies reveal copious amounts of low-level information and extend the dynamic range. Metal threaded fittings for headshell-mounting hardware are also built into the body, offering easy attachment and superior mechanical interface for attention-getting bass and frequency response. The body also features an integral machined brass cap for constrained-mode layer damping. And its 9.5-gram weight provides stellar compatibility with a wider range of tonearms and turntables.

                   

                  Cryogenic processing, which restructures metals at the molecular level, is especially beneficial in Alnico-based magnetic electro-motive circuitry (cartridge signal generator). Cryogenically treated M Series parts include the front yoke as well as center and rear components, yielding more a precise and controlled magnetic flux field for greater linearity and overall sonics.

                   

                  In sum, Hana M Series has everything – and much more – offered by many more expensive cartridges. If you haven’t yet experienced the gorgeous sound afforded by Hana, there’s never been a better time.

                   

                  Specifications (ML):

                  Stylus: Nude Microline tip
                  Cantilever: Aluminium
                  Magnet: Alnico
                  Magnetic circuitry: Pure Iron/Cryo treatment
                  Coil wire: High Purity Copper
                  Cartridge Housing/Base: POM (Delrin©) /Brass
                  Output level: 0.4mv/1KHz
                  Output balance: <1dB/1KHz
                  Vertical Tracking force: 2gr
                  Trackability: 70µ/2gr
                  Compliance: 10 x 10-6 cm/dyne
                  Channel separation: 30dB/1KHz
                  Frequency response: 12-45,000Hz
                  Impedance: 8Ohms/1KHz
                  Suggested lord Impedance: > 100 Ohms
                  Cartridge weight: 9.5gr
                  Body Color: Black. 

                    

                     

                     

                     

                       

                       

                       

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                        The Hana Shibata Mono

                         

                         Hana, translated as “brilliant and gorgeous”, represents Excel’s best materials, including alnico magnets, cross-shaped armatures, and proprietary manufacturing processes. They have excelled at creating MC cartridges noted worldwide for their sound and value, which retain their “musical magic” regardless of the phono stage. Weighting only 5 grams, they possess great tracking ability for the price, and they represent the best way to upgrade from “starter” cartridges that come packaged with turntables. Hana models are the perfect choice for an audiophile looking for the highest return on their dollar.

                         

                         Specifications (ML): 

                        • Stylus: Nude diamond Shibata Stylus shape: 0.27×1.57mil
                        • Cantilever: Aluminum
                        • Output level: 0.5mv/1KHz
                        • VTF: 2gr
                        • Trackability: 70μm/2gr
                        • Frequency response: 15-32,000Hz
                        • Impedance: 23Ω/1KHz
                        • Suggeted load: >200Ω
                        • Cartridge weight: 5gr
                        • Body color: Black