Post by amped on Dec 20, 2017 14:11:11 GMT -5
I have had a couple requests for my 2 cents on my new Hana SL low output moving coil cart...Soooo I am going to do the review how I wish reviews were done. Real world style! Just a short list of bullet points and a couple of supporting words (Tell me what you think!)
Hana SL Cart Price List $750 (NEW)
-Paid $650 (Don't let them tell you they won't discount)
-Packaging: Little Spartan box w/2 screws, stylus brush, screw driver 1 page instruction book.
-Set up: Easy but needs a little TLC Due to the Nude Shibata Diamond The EL is Eliptical and a bit more forgiving.
-Sound: After a carefully logged 80 hrs I settled in at a Loading of 175. The sound is in a word amazing not just for the price point either. Compared to my Cadenza Black ($2,700) it is more laid back and not as analytical nor resolving, slightly warm but with a very good soundstage (which is my favorite). Compared to my Cadenza Bronze ($1,800) it was a bit more dynamic (maybe due to the higher output) with a bit less decay, as wide of a soundstage with a tad bit less height and depth and not as resolving. Compared to the Ortofon 2M black (same price) it sounded more like music and less like a CD the 2M black is a great Dynamic Cart but is VERY forward and a so/so soundstage.
Overall the HANA SL is a GREAT Cart that provides a very pleasing musical vinyl experience with a generous soundstage, it tracks very well and is fairly quiet and worked well on newer MOFI albums as well as USED albums that were in not that great of shape (precisely why I bought this cart) I feel it's priced about $400 below where it should be.
For the above average Vinyl listener you WILL be very pleased. Keep in mind you will need a MC preamp and at least 55db gain. They do make a high output MC.
I would highly recommend this cart to anyone who is a serious vinyl listener...The casual listener may want to opt for something from Hana's "E" line.
,,,my 2 cent's!