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    TAS: Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge Review

    Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge - Equipment Report
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    Equipment Report
    by Andre Jennings

    My TAS Equipment Report of the Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge is now online here:
    Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge - The Absolute Sound

    "The Umami Red has significantly better macro-dynamics, harmonic complexity, and warmth than the Hana ML, while, at the same time, keeping the higher frequencies smoother and more extended"

    Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge - The Absolute Sound

    Enjoy,
    Dre

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    Re: TAS: Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge Review

    Hana is really starting to make a splash ....!



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    Re: TAS: Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge Review

    Nice review Dre! I read the hardcopy a few weeks ago and was waiting for your posting.

    Similar price point as the Ortofon Windfeld TI. You were very positive on both. What can you share if you were to do a comparison between the two.

    Thx!
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    Re: TAS: Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge Review

    Hi Mike,

    Briefly:

    The Umami Red, as setup and used with the equipment I have here, is more dynamic, transients are sharper, and the frequency extremes seem subjectively more extended. It is exceptionally balanced and performs like a premium cartridge, IMO.

    The Windfeld Ti is more buttoned-up and poised. It is a bit more reserved with note transients or decays but it works surprisingly well with the way it portrays music.

    Subjectively, my personal preference (which I generally work to leave to the side when reviewing equipment so as to give a less biased report that, IMO, benefits more readers ) leans towards the Umami Redís top to bottom performance. Again, this is in my setup with my personal (non-reviewing) preferences for music reproduction.

    Note: The above is also based on my (I'm sure there is someone that would say limited) cartridge setup skills.

    If you have more specific questions, let me know.

    Dre

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    Re: TAS: Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge Review

    Great article Dre! I'm curious about how quiet cartridges track. My Cadenza Black tracks super quiet, how about the Hana?

    I would be super interested in other cartridges you've heard that are super quiet!
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    Re: TAS: Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge Review

    Dre -

    Really appreciate your perspective. Great to have several excellent cartridges at a price point that won't break the bank.

    It took a while to get my Ortofon W Ti to sound right in my system. And, I do align with your observations on the Ti's strengths and opportunities. I'm starting to think about my next cartridge; sounds like the Unami Red should be on my list for consideration. Priced right (don't want to go over $6K) and appears to be a great sounding piece.

    Thx!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    Dre -

    Really appreciate your perspective. Great to have several excellent cartridges at a price point that won't break the bank.

    It took a while to get my Ortofon W Ti to sound right in my system. And, I do align with your observations on the Ti's strengths and opportunities. I'm starting to think about my next cartridge; sounds like the Unami Red should be on my list for consideration. Priced right (don't want to go over $6K) and appears to be a great sounding piece.

    Thx!
    Hi Mike,

    The Umami Red is definitely worth a consideration/listen.

    I personally think it is best to listen to the item (anything being considered for purchase) if at all possible before purchase when the opportunity presents itself. I know that's not always possible.

    Dre

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    Re: TAS: Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge Review

    Quote Originally Posted by MDP View Post
    Great article Dre! I'm curious about how quiet cartridges track. My Cadenza Black tracks super quiet, how about the Hana?

    I would be super interested in other cartridges you've heard that are super quiet!
    Hi Mark,

    Congratulations on your new Kharma dB9-Signature speakers.

    The Hanaís are good at tracking the groove and keeping the signal to noise ratio to a minimum. Groove noise is low compared to the musicís level.

    Outside of a dirty record that is a problem for any cartridge, the performance is very good.

    If the LPís have groove damage in the form of tick and pops (real damage) the cartridge will pick them up. The Ortofons do this as well. What can sometimes be an issue is how the phonostage handles the ultrasonic peaks from those sharp transients. But thatís another issue all together.

    The Umami Red is good at keeping the noise down but will lock in and trace the groove when set up similar to the Cadenza Black. Both cartridges have a very good stylus. So, if the groove has real scratches, the cartridge will pick them up. However, in my experience, that click or pop seems to be on a different plane and, although there, doesnít impede on the music to the point it is annoying -- assuming a phonostage that can handle the transient peaks without overloading or oscillating.

    Iíll PM you an example of a used record that was cleaned three times (two ultrasonic and one brush-type) and if you listen through the song, you can hear the Hana Umami trace the groove damage but it is separate from the music, even on this old used LP that was cleaned of all but groove damaged clicks.

    Dre

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    Re: TAS: Hana Umami Red Phono Cartridge Review

    Thanks Dre!
    Mark


    Kharma DB9 Signature speakers
    Gryphon Diablo 300 integrated
    REL S2 Subwoofers
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    VPI Avenger with Magnetic Drive
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