'The Ear' Editor Jason Kennedy found the Hana ML very much to his liking, enough to give it a 'BEST BUY' status. Trying it in a couple of turntable/tonearm combinations, he found the cartridge very 'amenable' to use in both low and medium mass tonearms - giving its best perhaps in the more compatible medium mass tonearm, as one would expect with a moving coil cartridge design.
I dusted off an SME Model 10 and fitted the ML into its detachable headshell, set downforce, alignment and bias and gave it a spin with Binker and Moses stonking Alive in the East. This starts with a drum solo which this cartridge delivered in impressively tactile style, showing all the reverb around the different parts of the kit whilst pinning down the rhythm so that the Moses’ playing was totally engaging.
and in conclusion...
That’s where Hana has always been strong, value for money, and that continues to be the case with this model. The fact that it works so well in turntables as diverse as those tried is testament to its adaptability, the fact that in both cases it made the music so compelling is reason enough to put it high on your must hear list for a serious cartridge upgrade.
The full review can be found on the Hana ML page on this site, or: http://www.the-ear.net/review-hardware/hana-ml-moving-coil-cartridge