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.
Shibata High(SH) and Low(SL)
The Hana SL and SH models, distinguished by their black body, provide tighter channel balance, greater channel separation, and improved high-frequency extension compared to their EH and EL counterparts. The SL and SH models also feature an upgraded Shibata stylus.
“The Hana-SL gives a really sophisticated performance, which is very involving and refined… Both (Hana-SL & Hana-SH) are superb cartridges and are strong challengers to rival big-name brands at the price.” — Neville Roberts, HiFi Choice (UK)”
Stylus: Nude Shibata
Output Balance: <1.5dB1KH
Tracking Force: 2g
Channel Separation: 25dB/1kHz
Frequency Response: 15-32,000Hz
Suggested Load: 47k
Suggested Load: >400ohms
*The SH and SL are identical except for what's specified in the SL section.