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Moving Coil, Low Output


Hear the Award-Winning MC Phono Cartridges Driving the Audiophile Press Wild: Price-to-Performance-Leading Hana SH and SL Provide Stellar Transparency, Definition, Extension, Separation

The Absolute Sound, Hi-Fi Choice, Hi-Fi World, and other audiophile press outlets agree: The Hana SH and SL MC phono cartridges offer price-to-performance quality, constant musical engagement, and refined sound few (if any) other models offer at this cost. A winner of a 2017 TAS Editors’ Choice Award, Hana SH and SL (for high- and low-output, respectively) offer tight balances, great separation, and exceptional frequency extension. Anchored by a top-rate Shibata stylus, Hana SH and SL also feature alnico magnets and cross-shaped armatures. Once you hear this red-hot cartridge line for yourself, you’ll fully understand why the critics are raving about Hana. This is no small upgrade to your analog setup.

“The level of transparency generated by these Shibata cartridges at this price point is something to admire.”
The Absolute Sound, Editors’ Choice and Product of the Year Awards

In particular, SH and SL excel at producing musical engaging experiences—the very exploits audiophiles value most and which transcend the numbers attached to any measurement. You’ll enjoy remarkable transparency, edge-free transients, even-handed linearity, and bottom-end weight that take you into the performances. The levels of soundstaging, coherency, and definition also far exceed that what should be possible at this price point. If you want a no-frills cartridge that allows you to sit back, listen, and forget about your surroundings, SH and SL more fill than role—they define it.

“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, Hi-Fi Choice, Recommended review

“Each Hana SL played records as if it cost not hundreds but thousands of bucks.”
– Herb Reichert, Stereophile

“Both these moving coil cartridges bring genuine advantages to any listening session at a low, low price. Terrific value for money.”
– Paul Rigby, Hi-Fi World

“This is performance that any more costly cartridge should equal at a bare minimum, and that some don’t.”
– Andre Jennings, The Absolute Sound, 2017 Golden Ear Award (SL model)

Output Voltage:
SH: 2mV
SL: 0.5mV

Stylus shape: Shibata

Internal ohms:
SH: 130Ω/1kHz
SL: 30Ω/1kHz

Suggested Loading:
SH: 47kΩ
SL: >400Ω

Weight: 5.0g

Tracking: 2.0g

Warranty: 2 years



For over 50 years, Excel Sound Corporation has crafted some of the most distinguished products in the audio industry. The brand’s Hana collection is no exception, with some of the best moving-coil phono cartridges on the market. Built by some of the finest craftsmen in Japan, each stereo cartridge offers stunning quality and performance. The mission of Hana is to design world-class moving-coil phono cartridges to value-seeking music lovers around the world who demand the finest analog reproduction. The Hana EH and EL are the brand’s most popular cartridges, seamlessly combining performance and affordability like no other. Both high output (EH) and low output (EL) models provide a noticeably improved difference in sound compared to stock turntable cartridges. Additionally, the Hana EH and EL were bestowed the well-deserved 2017 Editors’ Choice Award by The Absolute Sound. The Hana MH and ML phono cartridges are the ultimate models in both design and performance. Their unique design enhances tracking to capture the most delicate details with better frequency reproduction, imaging, and resolution. For superb playback quality and the most up-to-date technologies available, the M series is the superior choice. Overture is a proud dealer of Hana products, selling customers the best moving-coil phono cartridges from Hana. Interested in purchasing a new Hana component? You can trade-in any component towards a Hana product by filling out our Trade-In Form.