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Originally posted by McHolmeM McHolmeM wrote:

The Hana EL or SL appear to be more affordable - what's the verdict on the performance of your EL now its had a few more hours usage?
Originally posted by Fatmangolf Fatmangolf wrote:

Nice. I am expecting to replace my Zyx before long. Is this a good replacement Bob?

I'm very impressed by the EL, and kind of wishing I'd forked out for the Shibata version to get that bit more refinement. But since it was so new, and there were no reviews or opinions anywhere I erred on the side of caution.

On my Kenwood DD, the arm is the limiting factor, and comparing the EL and Zyx R100H was very interesting because the differences to my ears were vanishingly small. It's hard to get over the "expectation bias" of assuming the Zyx to be better, but for all practical purposes I found myself enjoying the Hana just as much as the Zyx for around a quarter of the price. Getting the Hana SL for another £171, which promises to be better because of the stylus profile, would still make it somewhat of a "bargain" in the MC world. The same price for a high output version brings lots of great MMs into the frame - and it would be nice to compare some; no doubt, in time, online reviews will appear doing just that.

But the price/performance ratio of the low output versions is sky high IMO. No doubt being a new brand from an OEM maker has made it very competitive.

Jon - I forget which tonearm you use with your Zyx. It's quite possible you get better performance from your R100 than I do, and you have the lower output version, too, don't you?

Recommending cartridges is a tricky thing. All I can say is I'm very happy indeed with the EL. With Graham's electronics it makes great listening. Big smile



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote McHolmeM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jan 2016 at 3:32pm
Thanks for your evaluation, Bob. 

Only two dealers handling Hana and both many miles from here but I'll pursue it with one of them.

I wonder - does having a daughter who shares the same name also count for some kind of recommendation!   
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote morris_minor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jan 2016 at 4:19pm
Originally posted by McHolmeM McHolmeM wrote:

I wonder - does having a daughter who shares the same name also count for some kind of recommendation!   
Most likely! Wink

I bought mine online (eventually, when their website caught up) from Sound Fidelity. Charles, there, was very helpful.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fatmangolf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jan 2016 at 6:19pm
Thanks Bob. I've really enjoyed the R100L (yes it is the 0.24mV version) on my OL Zephyr arm, moving it up from the SL1210 to the Gorbe.

The Hana seems to be a bargain and may well be on my shopping list for 2016.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote morris_minor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 2016 at 9:06am
FYI.

I've just come across this review of the Hana EL and EH cartridges . . 

And this one of the SL and SH variants . . 


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The review of the Hana SL pretty much concurs with my impressions this week, the cartridge was fitted on Monday and so far has 5 hours on it so hardly run in yet.

Not so easy to align due to the shape of the body and with a weight half that of the Rondo Red it replaced I was nearly reaching for some Blu Tack to load the headshell to achieve the 2 gram recommended tracking weight. The counterweight on the OL arm was on the limit of its travel.

The Hana SL provides much more detail in the presentation than I've been used to and over a wider soundstage too, seems to be a deeper picture as well and the position of individual instruments can easily be pinpointed. Cymbals are much more accurately presented which is probably a combination of the Shibata stylus and the Tannoy super tweeters complementing each other.

Has worked well with everything that I've thrown at it so far and female vocals are especially good. Played Danny and the Champions of the World yesterday afternoon and then saw the real thing last night, a band well known for their rocking live performances.

   
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These review very well Bob - the SH variant could even tempt an MM acolyte like me Shocked 

Maybe one day (although I currently have my eye on an Audio Note IQ3).
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