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Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge

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  • High-performance phono cartridge with finely polished elliptical diamond tip
  • Accurately reproduces difficult musical passages, particularly in high-frequency range
  • Viscous-damped dynamic stabilizer maintains uniform distance between cartridge and record
  • Side-Guard system prevents stylus damage if cartridge accidentally slides across LP
  • Die-cast-aluminum mounting block; includes mounting hardware and leaning brush
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Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge + Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge + Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver
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Product Details

Product Manual [810kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 4 x 6 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00006I5SB
  • Item model number: M97XE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 26, 2006

Product Description

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M97xE Audiophile Phono Cartridge

Overview

The M97xE is a superb smooth-sounding phonograph cartridge designed to provide long hours of undistorted listening, without fatiguing the ear. Its highly precise tracking ability and flat frequency response are made possible by Shure's unique Type II low-mass thin-wall aluminum alloy stylus cantilever, combined with a precision-crafted, finely polished, elliptical diamond tip.

This cartridge is able to accurately reproduce very difficult musical passages, particularly in the high-frequency range, where audio modulations are the smallest and most concentrated, and stylus tip movement is consequently the most rapid.

Features

  • Stylus Mass: Very Low
  • Diamond Stylus Tip: Elliptical
  • Sound Accuracy: Very High
  • Record Wear: Very Low
  • Key Features: Dynamic Stabilizer Brush

Dynamic Stabilizer

The Shure exclusive viscous-damped Dynamic Stabilizer maintains a uniform distance between the cartridge and the record under difficult playing conditions, even those caused by warped records or mismatched tonearm mass. When such stabilization is not required, the stabilizer brush can be locked up into its detent position, which, under ideal playing conditions, can provide even better sound quality.

Side-Guard Stylus Protection System

The innovative protection system helps to limit stylus damage if the cartridge accidentally slides across a record. This unique feature responds to side thrusts on the stylus by momentarily forcing the stylus cantilever and tip upward so that the cantilever does not bend sideways.

Die Cast Aluminum Mounting Block

Ensures secure, vibration-free attachment to the tonearm.

Included Accessories

Headshell screwdriver, Stylus cleaning brush, Mounting hardware, Stylus guard.

Already own a Shure M97xE Audiophile Phono Cartridge? Need a Replacement Stylus?

Check out the N97xE Replacement Stylus for M97xE here.

Phono Cartridges

Clear, Accurate Sound Reproduction.

The way music was meant to be. A complete line of phonograph cartridges for vinyl record listening, sampling and archiving. Each lightweight, user-replaceable cartridge features high trackability, warm, natural sound reproduction and low record wear.


Currently Selected
Model/Type M97xE
Audiophile
M92E
Value
M78S
78 RPM
Application Accurate Sound Reproduction
Sampling and Archiving
Home Audio Listening Wide Groove Record
Listening and Sampling
Stylus Mass Very Low Low Low
Diamond Stylus Tip Elliptical Biradial Wide Spherical
Sound Accuracy Very High Very Good Good
Record Wear Very Low Low Low
Key Features Dynamic Stabilizer Brush

Record Needlz

Dependable Performance for Demanding DJs.

An extensive range of DJ Needlz for scratching, mixing and spinning in any performance situation. Each versatile needle features the unique sound characteristics developed by Shure for low record wear, high skip resistance, and reliable record cueing.

Model/Type WHLB
Turntablist
M44-7
Turntablist
M44G
Club/Party
M35X
House/Techno
SC35C
Standard
Application Mix/Spin Scratch Scratch/Mix/Spin Mix/Spin Scratch/Mix/Spin
Skip Resistance High Ultra High Very High High Very High
Output High Ultra High Very High High High
Record Wear Very Low Ultra Low Ultra Low Very Low Low
Sound Emphasis Spherical
Solid Drop Bass with Flat Mids and Accented Highs
Big Bass Detailed Highs and Lows Extreme Clarity and Deep Drop Bass Clarity throughout the Frequency Range

Product Description

The M97xE is a superbly tracking, neutral, smooth-sounding magnetic cartridge, designed to provide long hours of undistorted, easy listening, without fatiguing the ear or tiring the mind. This cartridge is able to accurately reproduce very difficult musical passages, particularly in the high-frequency range, where audio modulations are the smallest and most concentrated, and stylus tip movement is consequently the most rapid. Its highly precise tracking ability and flat frequency response are made possible by Shure's unique Type II low-mass thin-wall aluminum alloy stylus cantilever, combined with a precision-crafted, finely polished, elliptical diamond tip. The very low mass M97xE cartridge shares several important features with the V15VxMR audiophile cartridge, to include: Shure?s exclusive viscous-damped Dynamic Stabilizer, which maintains a uniform distance between the cartridge and the record under difficult playing conditions, such as those caused by warped records, or mismatched tonearm mass. When such stabilization is not required, the stabilizer brush can be locked up into its detent position, which, under ideal playing conditions, can provide even better sound quality.   A die cast aluminum mounting block for secure, vibration-free attachment to the tonearm. The SIDE-GUARD stylus protection system that helps prevent stylus damage if the cartridge accidentally slides across a record. This unique feature responds to side thrusts on the stylus by ...


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Sounds great, much better than AT cart I had, and will get better as it breaks in.
GL in STL
The highs sound natural and crisp, the mids are solid and well reproduced, and the lows are deep and warm.
jason00454
I highly recommend this cartridge to anyone looking for the best value/sound combination!
Steven L.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

297 of 304 people found the following review helpful By tvc215 on October 16, 2004
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I most recently decided it was time to replace my 15+ year old Bang and Olufsen cartridge. I began researching cartridges via reviews, manufacturer websites, etc., and found the task to be daunting. As it is virtually impossable to find decent customer reviews for cartridges for under $300, I felt I needed to write one, so here goes...

My system; Marantz 2252B receiver (you can't beat pre-1980s Marantz for true analog sound), Mirage Omni 60 speakers, Technics SL1200 direct drive turntable.

I admit that I am sort of a vinyl snob. I own tons of CDs, they're practical for the car and readily available, but I prefer the sound of a clean well cared for vinyl LP given the proper playing conditions. You might call me an audiophile who doesn't have the funding for a high end system. The Shure M97xE more than fits my budget.

I have been using The Shure M97xE for about a month now, listening to approximately 1-2 LPs a night, and I am quite impressed and content with my purchase. The cartridge comes with a 'dynamic stabilizer' brush mounted on the front that can be utilized or kept in the up position. This serves to stabilize the stylus under less than perfect playing conditions. I use it at all times, because it reduces static and collects dust, resulting in less build up on the stylus. I listen to everything from Dexter Gordon to the Clash to Weather Report to Bowie. I am extremely pleased so far with my purchase. It's great to exerience nuances of records that I have never heard before. The first album I played was Joe Jackson's Night and Day, and it sounded great. I heard background passages that I did not know existed on that record. I also noticed the stereo seperation to be a bit more pronounced than on the CD version of Night and Day.
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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Armando M. Mesa on November 28, 2005
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This Shure cartridge is a little blue sonic marvel in sound quality and price range ! ...

Over the years, I've had my share of Shures (gamut of Shure V15 carts).Earlier Shures from the 70's in their sound performance were slightly tipped upwards in the higher frequencies, but in a not too bright fashion as opposed to the new line of SHure cartridges in recent years. Truth be told, unless you have very,very sensitive and discriminating bionic hearing, the sonic differences between those and the M97xE are minimal to almost non-existant.In fact, the V15's now command a hefty price tag due to better premium materials used in it's manufacturing over the lesser Shures. However (and this is a big HOWEVER), you are mighty lucky if you can still purchase one from a hi-fi retailer (old new stock) as Shure has stopped production on the audiophile grade and highly respected (amongst casual record listeners and vinyl purists alike) V15! There is a devout following of those who swear by the Shure cartridges'groove tracing accuracy and warm or neutral musical characteristic;It's not hype but fact ( I know from personal experience).What you hear with the Shures is music and not a cartridge!

The M97xE follows in that same strong Shure reliability and musicality of craftsmanship and tradition. It's neutral-warm sounding sonics contribute to a very high degree of pleasurable music listening enjoyment over harsher and sharp or brightly sounding cartridges.I had one friend listen to my cartridge who made the following statements, "Wow, that's how music should sound like;crisp, clean, smooth and natural. Not like the harsh and flat digital sound of cd's.Dude, I wish I still held onto my turntable and record collection".
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By R. Ballard on September 29, 2005
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(Note: I'm using the Shure M97xe cartridge in the following review with a Technics SP-25 professional broadcast turntable and Alphason Opal tonearm.)

As a long-time listener of vinyl, I have owned many cartridges up to $300. Signets, Shures, Ortofons, Empires, you-name-it.

Overall, the Shure m97xe is the best cartridge I have ever owned. It's not as "in-your-face" as many others, and some have said it's an uninvolving cartridge. It's true that it has a relaxed sort of presentation, but that's certainly not a bad thing. This cartridge gets out of the way of the music, and is listenable for long periods with no listening fatigue. It is a shade warmer than some other carts, but the entire frequency range is all there, and totally uncolored. Very nice overall sound quality, and it's a superb tracker.

One of the best things about the m97xe is it's ability to push groove wear and other noise into the background much better than any other MM cartridges I've heard. It also does remarkably well with sibilants and inner groove tracking. Formerly I had some records with spitty, harsh "S" sounds and some distortion in the inner grooves. It drove me nuts! This cartridge tracks those inner grooves (and the rest of them) with ease, and greatly tames or more often, eliminates those harsh sibilants.

And even though this cartridge is a touch warmer than some others, it's certainly not lacking in treble response. Highs are extended and smooth without being harsh. The bass & mids are superbly presented, too. This cartridge is a terrific choice for any style of music, especially rock, jazz, and blues. Some other cartridges may have a slightly better depth of soundstage for classical, but even on classical music I'm confident this one would provide satisfying results.
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