Hana Umami Cartridge


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The pinnacle of the Hana series, the Umami is the newest flagship cartridge from Musical Surroundings. When Hana decided to create a high-end cartridge, Master cartridge designer Masao Okada-san applied the concept of Umami combining brilliant materials and classic Japanese techniques with modern audio engineering.


The HANA-Umami Red high-end moving coil cartridge combines brilliant materials and classic Japanese techniques with modern audio engineering. Ebony wood, rare-earth magnets, precision-cut diamond, high-purity copper wires, Urushi lacquering, and CNC machined Duralumin synergize under the vision of Hana designer Okada-san.

The synergistic relationship in MC generators between magnet, armature, and coil windings is a critical aspect of outstanding cartridge design; and like a signature dish at a Michelin 3-star restaurant, every element and detail working in concert results in a memorable and emotional experience.

All the major parts in a HANA-Umami Red are manufactured in house by Excel Sound with its rich history spanning over 50 years. Excel’s highly trained craftsmen skillfully hand assemble the HANA-Umami Red ensuring an intensely musical experience furthering the HANA “Brilliant and Gorgeous” sound quality.



Stylus Nude Microline Tip
Cantilever Boron
Magnetic Circuitry Pure Iron/Cryo Treatment
Coil Wire High Purity Copper
Cartridge Housing POM (Delrin) / Brass
Output Level 0.4mv/1KHz
Output Balance <0.5dB/1KHz
Trackability 70 µ m/2g
Channel Separation 30dB/1KHz
Frequency Response 12-45,000Hz
Impedance 6Ω/1KHz
Suggested Load Impedance >60Ω
Magnet Alnico
Tracking Force 2 grams
Weight 10.5 grams
Height 16.3 mm
Warranty 2 years

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 3 × 3 × 3 in