Michael Osborn-san at Air Audio / HANA UK distributor, has just forwarded us “Winner 2023 Awards / Turntable,Cartridge Up to UKPound 5K”, with marvelous review article for “HANA-Umami Blue” by Alan Sircom-san in “Hifi Plus(+), for your further ongoing powerful reference.
Following is conclusive description.
I Got Rhythm
The Umami Red justifies its higher price point thanks to extra dynamism and rhythmic drive. I played ‘Are You Alive’ from Orbital’s Optical Delusion LP [Orbital] and the voice is beautifully rendered on both. The Umami Blue plays the ambience, bass, and space around this track exceptionally well.
The Red does the same but tightens up the performance and makes it sound like an old-school Techno track.
The Umami cartridges more than justify their places in the pantheon of moving coils.
The Hana Umami Blue brings that high-end cartridge ‘wow’ factor at a stunning, attainable price.
It looks great and it sounds great. If it were any more Umami, you’d probably want to eat it!