With high and low outputs, as well as elliptical and Shibata stylus cuts, the HANA is the Swiss army knife of cartridges. Out of the box, without any break-in, this cartridge sounds phenomenal. Comparable to cartridges twice the price, its sound is detailed but lush, dynamic but not overbearing. It's a cartridge that you will spend hours relaxing with, re-acquainting yourself with old records previously harsh-sounding, now smooth and inviting. Installed with ease, you'll be blowing your ears away in no time. — NDr., Chazman G.
When an OEM house distributes their own brand, they reserve their best efforts for themselves and Excel is no exception. 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 their phono stage pairing.
Elliptical High(EH) and Low(EL)
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.
“Both these moving coil cartridges bring genuine advantages to any listening session at a low, low price. Terrific value for money.” — Paul Rigby, HiFi World (UK)
Output Balance: <2dB1KH
Tracking Force: 2g
Channel Separation: 22dB/1kHz
Frequency Response: 15-25,000Hz
Suggested Load: 47k
Suggested Load: >400ohms
*The EH and EL are identical except for what's specified in the EL section.