Hana Umami Red MC Phono Cartridge Review by Stereonet
The result was an unsentimental reading of this song, but still a really satisfying one. This cartridge has so much insight that it cuts to the heart of any recording it’s asked to play, yet is never analytical and always seems to be enjoying itself. It’s also done in an effortless way – major dynamic swings are delivered in a relaxed, unforced fashion. It’s this confidence and poise that really marks the cartridge out as special. Indeed, I’d say this is a defining characteristic – the Umami Red is a gifted performer who doesn’t need to try hard.
I think its excellent tracking plays a big part here. Even though there appears to be a subtle lift in the cartridge’s upper treble, the stylus always seems anchored to the groove and the sound of cymbals, for example, is always delicately carried. There was no nervousness, skittishness or sibilance as it negotiated a well worn original mono pressing of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night – bought by my mother in July 1964, borrowed by me about twenty years later, and never given back.
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