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Shure M44-7-H Turntablist Record Needle Mounted on Technics Headshell
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- Unique wide-diameter Type S cantilever, Cartridge Type: Moving Magnet (MM)
- Tracking force of 1-1/2 to 3 grams
- Rugged construction
- Will not unduly wear your vinyl
- 9-1/2mV output
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From the Manufacturer
Shure's premium scratch needle, the M44-7 has earned a reputation because of its ability to deliver great sound without skipping. Along with ultra-high skip resistance, the M44-7 offers a high output and minimizes record wear, making it the battle needle of choice for champion scratch DJs worldwide, including the former Invisibl Skratch Piklz, X-ecutioners, and The World Famous Beat Junkies.
The M44-7-H will debut in Shure's exclusive new line of DJ cartridge packaging. This exciting new clear-tube package is both reusable and recyclable.
Top Customer Reviews
Not a lot really needs to be said, but this cartridge is the top pick amongst the majority of DJs I've worked with over the years. Most club DJs will swear by this cartridge, and personally I feel the best fit is with the Technics Headshell. Not to mention it looks slick installed on a black or silver model 1200.
To be fair, I should also mention that I've owned a variety of Stanton and Ortofon cartridges over there years - some for different styles of music, although the M447 does the job of all of them, and exceptionally well. The audio quality is superb across various genres and at this time it is my most heavily used cartridge. Naturally, I do have two pairs of this cartridge which all mount beautifully in the Shure Blue Cartridge Case which I also highly recommend. For backups I use the Ortofon Q-Bert and Digitrak cartridges, although the M447 is still my favorite.
You can't go wrong, this is a 5-Star product across the board!
I'm no audiophile. I can't say I hear a major difference between the AT95E and this one. The higher overall output and bass-emphasis is noticeable, but not significantly. The sound quality out of this cartridge is really exceptional, and it drives through old, heavily-used/scratched LPs without hesitation, even at low tracking force. That reliability is really what impresses me most about it---blowing through "bad" sections like they don't exist.
I was originally considering the M97xE, but then found this one. It's an especially good deal since you get a "free" headshell with it and don't have to bother with mounting, calibration, etc. It just works. Open the package, plug it into your tonearm, balance, and go.
One issue I have with it is the junky plastic stylus protector that swivels up and down. When I received the item in the mail, I think the jostling it received during shipment caused the "protector" to get pushed inwards and nearly collide with the needle---bad.
*Update* Sept. 20, 2012: While I really love this cart, after listening to a number of records, the bass emphasis has become extremely noticeable when using headphones.Read more ›
Now, if you are using this for REAL 12 inch records or albums then the discussion is warranted and you will notice a big difference between these and some of the others.
Just wanted to clear that up!
I purchased these carts based on the recommendations of several dozen fellow Djs and they were not wrong. Like any stylus, just slapping them on and expecting top performance will not deliver the results you will be (or should be) looking for. Be sure sure to balance your tonearm correctly. I use 3.5g weight on these needles, if you are not scratching and doing more mixing you can probably reduce that by up to a gram. Also ensure your tone arm is in parallel to the platter by using the height adjust on your turntable.
The first M447-H I purchased was the needle/cart combo. Fitting this to the headshell was simple yet entirely fiddly process (for me at least). My second purchase was the needle/cart/headshell combo which required no messing around at all and almost guarantees you are set up correctly (unless you want to mount the screws further to the back of the headshell or want to set it at the 23 degree angle for scratching with an S shape tonearm.
It'e easy to be tempted into dropping several hundred bucks on other needles but I assure you, these really do the business.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could not live without still in great like new one brand new condition still amazingly. The other company's products are nearly junk compared to this have not even needed to think... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jennifer s reynolds
Why haven't I converted? not sure but I believe these are a tad better than Stanton Discmaster II-SK which I swear are great cartridges. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ekiz'daddy
These did not come assembled. Cartridge w/needle and headshell needed to be built. The product image and description are misleading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Victor Menegaux
I was looking for a head shell that came assembled. This piece did not come assembled as the price and picture suggested. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Peter Falkowski
THIS DID NOT COME MOUNTED AS ADVERTISED. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS ITEM, YOU WILL BE CHEATED OUT OF YOUR MONEY.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer