Hana Umami Blue Moving Coil Cartridge


The Hana Umami Blue combines the vision of master cartridge designer Okada-san with special materials, classic Japanese techniques and modern audio engineering.

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The Hana Umami Blue hand-built moving coil cartridge embodies ‘umami’ – that very pleasing or delicious flavour on the palette, a synergistic effect resulting in higher taste intensity.

  • Low output moving coil with 0.4 mV output
  • Boron cantilever
  • Nude microline stylus
  • Cryo-treated generator
  • Auricle™ body machined from Duralumin

Hana’s Master cartridge designer Maseo Okada-san applies this ‘taste intensity’ concept as he combines brilliant materials and processes with classic Japanese techniques and modern audio engineering, to create his Hana Umami Blue low output moving coil cartridge, with ‘trickle down’ design features as offered in the higher specification (and outstanding) Umami Red cartridge.

The cryogenically treated MC generator features an Alnico magnet material with hand wound high purity copper wire on a cross armature, for an internal impedance of 8Ω and 0.4 mV output. A pure iron pole piece and nude microline stylus bonded to a solid boron cantilever are used for tracing the most delicate musical nuances from the LP.

The total design approach creates the classic sonic qualities and great value that Hana cartridges are now so well known for and positions the Umami Blue between the Hana ML and Umami Red cartridge price points.

The Hana Umami Blue uses the exclusive Auricle™ body shape (with tapped mounting holes) that mimics the form of the human outer ear, to rigidly support and help protect the “Open Air” Moving Coil generator. It is machined from a hard but light Duralumin with a special multi-layer melamine (MTP) brilliant glossy blue finish. An easy to fit stylus guard protects your investment.

All the major parts of the Hana Umami Blue are manufactured in house by Excel Sound with its highly trained craftsmen skilfully hand assembling each cartridge. Master designer Okada-san brings over 50 years of MC design experience to the Umami Blue, applying the Umami concept of synergy and intensity, to offer sound excellence.

Additional information




Cartridge Type

Low output moving coil

Cartridge Body

Auricle™ body design, Duralumin (7075 aluminium), Melamine thermosetting process (MTP) finish






Microline nude diamond

Output Voltage

0.4 mV @ 1 kHz, 5 cm / sec

Frequency Response

15 Hz – 50 kHz


10 x 10⁻⁶ cm / dyne @ 100 Hz, 17 x 10⁻⁶ cm / dyne @ 10 Hz (estimated)


8 Ω

Tracking Force

2 g

Channel Balance

0.5 dB @ 1 kHz

Channel Separation

30 dB @ 1 kHz


10.8 g

Documents and downloads

Hana Umami Blue user manual

Hana brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Hana Umami Blue Moving Coil Cartridge will normally be delivered in 2-3 days.

Delivery is free on orders over £100. We deliver anywhere in the UK using premium tracked delivery services from DPD Local, UPS, TNT and Royal Mail.

When you by a product from us, you will have 30 days to decide whether or not you want to keep it. If you decide to return it for any reason, even if you just changed your mind, it will not cost you a penny. Just let us know that you want to return it and we will take care of the rest.

We will agree a collection date with you and send you a pre-paid shipping label for the return trip. You can have full refund or you can try something else instead. It is up to you. All we ask is that you take good care of the product, along with any accessories and packaging, while you are deciding whether or not to keep it.

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