Hana Cartridges

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by JMT, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. Pythonman

    Pythonman Forum Resident

    Also with my Hana, anti skating, though trickier for me to set right in my VPI Prime is nearly as important as azimuth was. After a long break I period I have found careful setting of anti skate can get cleaner reproduction of cymbals and avoidance of IGD.
     
  2. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

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    SF Bay Area, USA
  3. Adamski777

    Adamski777 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dubai
    Just set mine up tonight, had to listen through headphones as my daughter was already asleep but Hidden Path from Neil Young's Chrome Dreams II sound so amazing - can't wait to hear it through speakers tomorrow.
     
  4. draden1

    draden1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Des Moines, IA
    Which Hana?
     
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  5. AppleCorp3

    AppleCorp3 Forum Resident

    I sprung for the SL a few months ago and loved it from the minute I set it up on my Technics 1200GR

    Previously I had the 2M Bronze and it just was too bright and sterile. The Hana improved on all points.

    That said, I don't seem to have had the set up issues that others have reported - I had it up and running pretty quickly. No IGD (except on certain used albums) and a wide soundstage.

    I keep playing with the VTA but it doesn't seem to change the sound much.
     
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  6. Vinyl Archaeologist

    Vinyl Archaeologist Forum Resident

    EL here set up on a TD-124 with SME 3009. Sounds awesome and I'm very sensitive to any mistracking/breakup/distortion.
     
  7. Adamski777

    Adamski777 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dubai
    Hana SL - had a better listen this morning - sounds sweet. The biggest difference I notice since switching from the OM40 is the mid range is much more fleshed out. Whilst listening I've noticed little flourishes in the music that I hadn't noticed before.

    I'm looking forward to the break-in as it already sounds terrific on my table. My only issue is the VTA as the cartridge isn't as tall as the OM, and I don't have the original shims for my Thorens, so have just ordered some from Vinyl Nirvana.

    Seriously this cart is good value for money, I was hesitant at first and then just went for it - best impulse buy of 2019 (so far!).
     
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  8. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    l believe the Hana SL may be a future classic, especially when performance/ price ratio is taken into account.
     
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  9. Adamski777

    Adamski777 Forum Resident

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    Dubai
    Also in case it helps anyone searching in the future - after a fair bit of tweaking, I settled on 500 ohms input impedance and 60db gain - this was the best sounding combination of the two using the Mofi Studiophono.
     
  10. AppleCorp3

    AppleCorp3 Forum Resident

    Good info - thanks.

    Anyone using the Jolida JD9 phono pre with setting suggestions I'd be will to experiment!
     
  11. McGuy

    McGuy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago
    my debate is the Hana SL and the Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Star...I can get both for the same price - SS is used obviously with 20 hours on it. VPI says both are good for my prime scout...hm...
     
  12. Christopher Sims

    Christopher Sims Well-Known Member

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    California
    MIMC sounds very very good on a prime :)
     
  13. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    l purchased mine after l trashed my Ortofon Cadenza Black- don't want to talk about that though.:(:D
     
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  14. chili555

    chili555 Forum Resident

    I recently installed a Hana SL on my Michell Gyro SE/Audiomods Classic. I found it a noticable improvement from the cartridge it replaced, the much-loved AT33PTG/II.

    It marries very well with my Cinemag CM-1254 step-up transformers.

    I notice an improvement in presentation of bass detail. I find the soundstage wide and deep, expanding beyond the bounds of the speakers. Finally, I am also impressed with the lack of needle-in-groove noise between cuts and at the end of the record.

    I am an instant Hana fan-boi.
     
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  15. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    The SL is one great tracking cartridge.
     
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  16. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

    Location:
    San Diego, CA, USA
    I've been living with my Hana SH since last March - I'd recommend this as well for those who don't have LO phono pre options.
     
  17. fjn04

    fjn04 Forum Resident

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    clifton Park, NY
    Thanks Erik...I'm may be SH in place of my Charisma (wood) Denon 103... I think the Charisma is excellent in that same price range,
    but I want to try something different. I also want to simplify the system, and eliminate the Step Up... which the 2.0 mv SH will allow.
     
  18. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    If funds are tight the Hana EL is no slouch. I'm rethinking my LP playback system and so bought one to replace an MIMC Star. While I had them both, head-to-head, the MIMC certainly has more detail, but not by much. The Hana has a surprisingly wide soundstage, not as deep as the Star, but the Hana does have that kind of quality where the music just flows. I'm kind of wondering if I should have gotten the SL, but Im trying to budget $$ elsewhere.

    John K.
     
  19. McGuy

    McGuy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago
    looking to get either the Hana SL or the SS mimc star...I have a prime scout, so not sure which to choose...
     
  20. draden1

    draden1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Des Moines, IA
    I have the SL and have heard the MIMC Star, granted the Star was on a friends system with his Prime Scout. Both are really fun to listen with, don’t think you could go wrong with either. Not sure the price of the Star but if the SL is equal or cheaper, that’s where my money would go. Just my preference on what I’ve heard.
     
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  21. McGuy

    McGuy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago
    Thanks! all depends on whether the mimc seller wants to sell. I might be able to get the mimc with allegedly 20 hours on it for $750 and i can get the SL new for about $650 from music direct.
     
  22. Jim in Houston

    Jim in Houston Hyperactive!

    Location:
    Houston, TX, USA
    I have not seen any reviews of the Hana ML (microline stylus, low output) anywhere on the net.

    Anybody know of any?
     
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  23. draden1

    draden1 Forum Resident

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    Des Moines, IA
  24. AppleCorp3

    AppleCorp3 Forum Resident

    I just read somewhere in a forum (not here) that Shibata stylus need around 25-30% less anti-skate than recommended (i.e. setting it to the equivalent of VTF). Anyone else here of this? Is it common knowledge and I'm just ignorant?

    Either way, upon reading this, I lowered my anti-skate and it made a big difference in sound.
     
  25. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

    Location:
    San Diego, CA, USA
    I landed on about 10% less on AS vs set VTF for my Hana SH using a test record.

    Whether that has to do with the Hana itself or the accuracy of the AS on my Technics SL1200Mk2, I dunno.
     
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