Excerpt: I'm not an elitist high priced audiophile kind of guy but I've been listening to rock and roll on decent to good systems for 40 years. This is the best cart I've ever had, perhaps the best part of my system now. For $ an excellent bang for the buck upgrade.
Excerpt: Love this cartridge and stylus, together they bring my old albums warmly back to life. I had a local expert professionally set this up for my after I picked up a vintage turntable on eBay. If you have a love for lps, do yourself a favor and pick up this cartridge and bring the good times back to life too!
Pros: Excellent Sound, Great price, Quality Product
Excerpt: I just installed this with a jico sas stylus on a thorens td150mk2. It hasn't had any real break in time but so far after several lps from rock to folk to jazz it seem very neutral and clean sounding. I only expect it to get better. I picked this as I have a lot of vintage vinyl and wanted something more forgiving than my other carts.
Excerpt: Used the M97XE to replace the original cartridge on my 1970's era Technics SL-D2. Fit perfectly AND...reduces static tremendously because it has small grounding whiskers that are in contact with record when playing.
Excerpt: I have a lot of old LPs from the 50's and 60's, and some of the high-powered demo LPs (Battle Stereo comes to mind) as well as many of the well-engineered classical albums (1812 overture, anyone?) had the potential to kick a stylus right out of the groove or produce distorted sound if a compliant enough cart wasn't being used. I tried to torture this cart, but it took whatever I put on and tracked cleanly and distortion-free. Shure lives up to its reputation!
Excerpt: My turntable died some 30 years ago and I went digital like everyone else. I missed my old records,and recently went back to Shure and analog. Boy, what wonderful sound. Warm, present, rich, all those words. There's stuff in them records no CD ever reproduced. I'm a happy man. I have to learn how to be careful with my stuff again,though. A labor of love.
Excerpt: I appreciated the ease of install when the base of the prongs on the Cartridge were color coated to match up to the four colored wires. I was apprehensive at first about the install but after a few youtube videos and a quick read of the instruction manual I was set to go. The sound is amazing! Lifts the music right out of the grooves and into my living room with precision that is sure to impress. Enjoy.