Very interested in this question myself.
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I own the ART9 and have listened to both it and the Hana SL in several systems including my own. My ¢2:
I love the Hana SL, but to my mind there’s no real contest. The ART9 is unashamedly excellent given its relatively low cost and can go toe to toe with, or win against, most of the "A-list" cartridges I’ve heard here or elsewhere. Resolution is excellent. Presentation is very neutral, erring ever so slightly on the side of warmth and it’s very dynamic with lots of "body". A truly excellent cartridge regardless of price and one I’d choose over a great many overtly coloured A-listers in the blink of an eye.
For the price the Hana SL is also an excellent cartridge, but it doesn’t rise to the rarified competence of the ART9. The Hana is also highly resolved, but the Shibata doesn’t dig quite as deeply in the search for detail. Presentation is more overtly warm, though not overly so, and it is a little lacking in the dynamics department in direct comparison with the ART9. However, for the price the HANA SL is truly an excellent cartridge with only minor compromises and many will no doubt prefer its slightly warmer, slightly more laidback presentation.
The phono stage is an Allnic H-1202, used in conjunction with an Allnic AUT 2000 step-up. The H-1202 already have very good transformers built in, but the ones in the AUT 2000 are even higher specced and provides an even more holographic soundstage.
Sure, the dynamics are pretty good. :-) Tannoy’s Dual Concentric drivers are particularly good in this regard, as well as excelling when it comes to reproducing the human voice.
This should maybe be a new thread, but:
How about the Hana ML vs AT ART9?
These two carts are very closely priced and I expect closer in performance.
i own and love the ART9 though the buzz on the Hana ML sure does have me quite curious.
Ideally looking for someone who has experience with both in his own system.
If this is you let’s hear about it, please.
When, I listen to unfamiliar systems it take me longer to digest and “ really” hear.
I hear things more quickly on my home system, due to familiarity on the sound profile
I’m thinking that the cartridges are very good & I needed to listen for longer and bring my own albums
The brother in arms album is not as dynamic as I would bring
your right , my preference is not “ your” preference
Transformers do not have an "impedance" per se. They reflect the impedance of the device connected to the opposite side, depending upon the turns ratio. You're correct that an SUT with a voltage gain of 13 (i.e., a 1:13 turns ratio) would give an impedance of 278 ohms to a cartridge on the primary side, if loaded at 47K ohms on the secondary side. But it's not a "fault" of the Hana, if the Allnic has that rather oddball turns ratio of 13. Most typically, SUTs come in ratios of 1:10, 1:20, etc. You could easily cure the problem, if it really is any problem, by installing a load resistor on the secondary side that is higher in value than 47K. For the cartridge to see 400 ohms, the load resistor on the secondary would have to be about 68K ohms.
I have wrote about impedance of cartridge coils - 30 ohms.
Manufacturers do give recommendations (sometimes) about that also.
Of course we can say no to it.
As about your example yes it's possible to change 47k ohms resistor into 68k ohms but I don't think that user will want to remove it from Allnic H-1202 and solder 67k into the place :)
FYI the ML is $1200 and has a middling output (.4mv) that might be a less than ideal match for some phono preamps.
it also has an aluminum cantilever.
hearing it briefly it has a channel imbalance and sounded a little brighter than my preference- also a higher amount of surface noise.
I'll take the ART9 any day of the week.