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Moving Coil Cartridge


 Kanda Hayabusa

" This is a real giant killer cartridge resulting from an idea that formed in the mind of a great cartridge craftsman decades ago and then made a reality once the materials technologies were available. It will hold its own when compared to cartridges 2-3 times its price and can certainly be considered a true reference product. A paradigm shifting musical experience! " 


Eiji Kanda was a legendary craftsman of audio transformers and MC Cartridges who had spent his career designing products for many well-known brands. He worked within the audio industry for many years and was highly respected, especially in the field of analog replay. Known for being a humble gentleman, he preferred to focus on his technical skills and stay out of the limelight.


However, in 2012, he officially established the MUTECH brand. He is known as the inventor of the yoke-less ring-magnet MC cartridge design which dates back to an idea that he conceived in the mid-1970s after a conversation with Mr. Kanda (original founder of MUTECH) and Mr. Asakura (founder of SUPEX).


His idea was to locate the core and coil material within the magnet of the motor, facilitated by a tiny square opening. This eliminated the need for a yoke, utilised the maximum power of the magnet and resulted in no disturbance of the magnetic flux.


This allowed the design to have fewer coil turns with very low impedance and high output. At the time there was no known material that could facilitate the design. Pure iron was unsuitable because of the saturation of magnetic force. After many years of research and metallurgy investigations, he developed a new material named ‘SS-μM’ ... μ is pronounced ‘MU’.


This discovery made it possible to build this cartridge design. The term ‘yoke-less’ refers to the absence of a traditional yoke in the design and the term ‘Ring Magnet’ refers to the shape of the magnet in the design.


The ideal of low impedance and high output is considered the holy grail of MC cartridge design and this was a ground-breaking design. These engineering attributes manifest sonically as incredible rendition of inner detail, the expression of very subtle timbral & spatial information as well as very low distortion and colouration.


The Hayabusa has instantly become a modern classic.

A paradigm shifting musical experience!

Key Cartridge Features

Brand new Generator developed by Eiji Kanda.

Low Impedance and High Output [ 0.45mV ] is achieved by placing the original Core (SS-μM) into Neodymium magnetic material.

The Yoke is removed, and direct placement of the Core into the Ring Magnet, results in magnetic distortion being eliminated.


The resulting impedance of the coil is so small, that the electric current to the voltage becomes high.


Unique custom-made suspension wire results in high sound quality.



Electricity generating system

Yokeless Ring Magnet MC Cartridge

Output voltage

0.45mV ( 1kHz, 3.45cm/sec)

Tracking force range

1.8 - 2.0g

Frequency response

10 - 45,000Hz

Coil impedance


Cross Talk

> 30dB (1kHz)

Chanel balance

< 0.5db (1kHz)




semi-line contact stylus


φ0.3mm/nude boron


Rhodium Plating



$ 5,000

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