HANA Umami Blue Phono MC Cartridge


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The HANA-Umami Blue high-end moving coil cartridge from Excel Sound’s Master cartridge designer Maseo Okada-san uses special materials, classic Japanese techniques, and modern audio engineering.

The HANA-Umami Blue cartridge follows in the Hana “Brilliant and Gorgeous” tradition of providing the listener with sublime enjoyment. Embodying the true sense of synergy, the HANA-Umami Blue combines the essential ingredients of the HANA-Umami Red with the ALNICO based generator of the HANA ML.


The HANA-Umami Blue incorporates the Auricle™ body design, unique and exclusive to our Umami series. CNC machined from Duraluminum, it uses a special Melamine Thermosetting Process (MTP), enameling the body with a brilliant blue glossy finish. Sharing other key Umami Red ingredients, including the precision-cut Microline diamond stylus, Boron cantilever, and high-purity copper wires, the Umami Blue synergizes these specialized parts with the ALNICO magnet-based generator used in the Hana ML.

  • “Auricle” open-air body design machined from Duraluminum A7075
  • MTP enameled finish with POM inlay
  • Microline stylus with Boron cantilever
  • ALNICO (aluminum / nickel / copper) magnet
  • Cross-coil core with high purity copper coils
  • 8Ω Coil impedance with .4mV output
  • Cryogenic treatment of key generator parts and output pins




  • Material: Duralumin (A7075)
  • Finish: Melamine Thermosetting Process (MTP)
  • Cantilever: Boron
  • Stylus: Microline Nude Diamond
  • Armature material: Permalloy
  • Amature Shape: Cross Plate
  • Parts material: Pure Iron
  • Magnet: Alnico (Al-Ni-Co)
  • Output Pins: 24K Gold Plated
  • Coil impedance: 8Ω
  • Output: 0.4mV
  • Coil Wire Material: High Purity Copper
  • Load impedance: >80Ω
  • Cryogenic: Front York,Rear Yoke,Pole Piece,Terminal Pins
  • Frequency Response: 15-50,000Hz
  • Output Balance: 0.5dB/1KHz
  • Channel Separation: 30dB/1KHz
  • Tracking Weight: 2g
  • Trackability: 70μm/2gr
  • Dynamic Compliance: 10x10(-6)cm/dyne(10Hz), Estimated at 17x10(-6)cm/dyne at 10Hz
  • Cartridge Weight: 10.8g


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