Jon Valin’s review in The Absolute Sound’s Analog Issue is subtitled "Setting a Standard—Again” and he concludes: "This is a great cartridge...In his sterling review of the Grand Master in HFNRR, Ken Kessler said something he seldom says about products under review. To wit, this is possibly the best cartridge he’s ever heard. I hate to be a copycat, but…ditto."
"The beauty of the Clearaudio Concept Active approach is that the turntable can be a beginning or an end in itself—the start of a well-dressed audio chain or, with a proper set of headphones, a case-closed complete system" - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound
"The Clearaudio had a knack for making records sing.”
We could have mounted the Hana Umami Red cartridge to the provided Technics Head Shell and alignment jig, but we wanted to step it up with an upgraded head shell.
"Hana cartridges have a well-deserved reputation as giant killers. But what if Hana made a cartridge that had ‘big hitter’ price and specs?"
Until recently, when this Japanese cartridge manufacturer announced the new $3,950 Umami Red, the ML was the flagship in the Hana line–and it sounded like a true flagship despite its very modest price.