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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 cleaning brush
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From the Manufacturer
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.
- Stylus Mass: Very Low
- Diamond Stylus Tip: Elliptical
- Sound Accuracy: Very High
- Record Wear: Very Low
- Key Features: Dynamic Stabilizer Brush
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.
Headshell screwdriver, Stylus cleaning brush, Mounting hardware, Stylus guard.
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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.
|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|
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.
|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|
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 30 to 40 year old albums, on my 35 year old turntable, sound as good as new!!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
To put it plain and simple, this thing is INCREDIBLE. Sounds so much better than the stock cartridge that came with my AT LP-120. It's crystal clear and sounds much warmer.Published 4 days ago by SellUsBooks
One of the best styli for 33's and 45's out there. Watch the needle when putting into the holder, though.Published 7 days ago by Patrick
I fine the Shure is as good as any other under $100,00 cartridge out there. I have used it mostly on good records although it had the ability to track some that are less than hole... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Gerald Siegel
For years, Shure has been one of the finest makers of phono cartridges on the planet. This one follows in that tradition. Easy to mount and with a clean, open sound. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very true clear sound, I used the Shure test record and it passed all 5 test levels without distortion or noise at recommended tracking force. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Bud1