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Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge
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Manufacturer: Shure
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5

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Binding: Electronics
Brand: Shure
Color: black
EAN: 0042406060370
Feature: High-performance phono cartridge with finely polished elliptical diamond tip
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Label: Shure
Legal Disclaimer: Warranty does not cover misuse of product.
Manufacturer: Shure
Model: M97XE
Publisher: Shure
Studio: Shure
Warranty: 1 year warranty

Features
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

Accessories
N97XE Replacement Stylus for M97xE Cartridge
Sony MDR-V150 Monitor Series Headphones with Reversible Earcups

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Editorial Reviews:

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. PRODUCT FEATURES: Tone Arm Mount - Standard 1/2 inch; Cartridge Type - Moving magnet; Dynamic Stabilizer damper / de-statcizer; Die cast aluminum mounting block; Side Guard stylus protection system; Shure Type II - Very low mass; Heat-treated aluminum alloy / tubular; 1.0 mil wall thickness / 20 mil diameter; Polished natural gemstone; Elliptical.The M97xE includes the following accessories: Headshell Screwdriver; Stylus cleaning brush; User Guide; Mounting hardware; Stylus guard.


Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge
Comment: This is the most fantastic magnetic phono cartridge I have ever owned. I used to have problems with records skipping intermitently while I was trying to record them to my hard disk to make CD's out of the old music which has never been available on CD's. After buying the Sure M97xE, I can play the record and walk into the room without skips in the finished product. The clarity and separation of right and left channels is remarkable. No distortion is detected. Only smooth true sound is produced. In fact, the sound is so clear that I hear instruments now where I never remembered hearing them before. The true reproductive response from the Shure M97xE is an audiophile's dream come true. Now that I have a new standard of excellence in playing vinyl albums, I am going to look for more of the great music of the past that is no longer available.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: shure M97xE
Comment: For the money this is the best buy I ever had . Just replaced a less than a year old Orto Samba $250(can not change the needle on Samba). The Shure was easier to install on my Revox B791 and the sound is great( not as detailed as the Samba) but more full and well ballanced with better bass.
Do not skip getting the replaceble needle !!!WHo knows how long they will be arownd at that price...

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Shure M97xE well worth the price
Comment: I picked up the Shure M97xE to use as a back up to an AT95E. I really like the sound of this Shure. It is broken in now and I have a hard time deciding between it and the AT95E. The brush also does a good job of cleaning the track before the stylus comes across. Well worth the purchase price.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5
Summary: Not what I'd hoped for
Comment: I chose this cartridge to replace my AT PC440LC on a new Technics SL1200MKII based on the many positive reviews I've read on the net. Back when I bought the AT, I really wanted to get a V15, again, based on all of the favorable reviews. But the AV shop where I worked didn't carry Sure. So, when I won a sales contest that covered the cost of the AT I hesitantly bought it without hearing it, nor reading anything about it. Well, I count that as a huge stroke of luck, as I have absolutely loved the AT compared to the other cartridges I've owned, and, if the M97 is any indication of the performance of the V15 (I've read that it has similar qualities), then I am very glad that I didn't throw down the considerable amount of cash for one back then.

The M97xE is not as warm sounding as the Grado (forgotten the model, but retailed around $100.00 in 1981) I owned, but it does have better high freq. response, and it certaily does track better. Sonically, I'm more inclined to compare this to the Ortofon M20FL that originally came with my Dual CS-622 turntable, except the Ortofon had better midrange detail. The base is decent and tight, and after much fiddling aroung with the TF/VT/AS adjustments I was able to get the mids to a point where I could stand them at lower levels. However, this cartridge completely lacked the midrange sweetness and detail that I am used to. Midrange instrumentation and vocals lacked detail and was very forward. This translated to a very irritating midrange edginess/harshness that I could not tolerate. I even switched out my new Martin-Logan Preface speakers, thinking that they were too bright and were causing the problem. But it persisted, although slightly reduced, with my Acoustic Research speakers installed. To me the cartridge displayed the sonic detail reminescent of a mid-range cd player, at least in my system. The soundstage was someshat restricted compared to the other cartridges I've owned, but it seemed more precise. Finally, I've read that some have claimed the cartridge to be somewhat dull sounding. To that I will have to agree. I would describe the as significantly less "live" than the AT. It definately lacks the guttural involvement. Obviously, there are many fans of the M97. I am not one of them.

Equipment List:
Onkyo M504/P304 Amp/Preamp
Technics SL1200MKII Turntable
Acoustic Research 328PS/Martin Logan Preface Loudspeakers
Audioquest Cables

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Fine performing cartridge
Comment: My 25 year old Shure V15 type IV needed a replacement stylus and Shure no longer sells them, so I purchased the M97xE for about the same price as a generic stylus that would be of questionable quality. Very happy with the performance, quality and sound of this cartridge.


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