Summary: I bought this stylus to go on my brand-new Audio-Technica AT-LP120. Installation was easy, and for a day, it sounded very nice. But then, after about 5 total hours of use, the right channel went out, replaced by a faint, low hum. I double checked all my connections, un-installed it, re-installed it, and re-installed the original cartridge that the turnable shipped with, which worked fine.
Theres a reason newer reviews are not good on this cartridge
T. Jennings "viny enthusiest", Amazon
24 June 2012
Summary: Shure is having there phono cartridges made in Mexico these past few years and it shows. On the audio blog I frequent there have been complaints of misaligned stylus assemblys, poor finish and shoddy construction. One reviewer here said he saw a couple copper strands sticking out of the back of the cartridge.
Summary: I mounted this cartridge (SHURE 97x) in my turntable DENON-500M (MX135+MC-252+B&W 804D) and have been so disappointed with its quality. Once you use another cartridge like Denon DL-110 you could easily get the same conclusion. I tried to test it by listening few classical music lps as well Peter Green (old FleedwoodMac) and some Jimmy Hendrix LPs. I could tell Shure 97Xhas a weak bass and there is a lack of clarity between different range of frequencies.
Summary: It's just not worth the money no matter how you discount it. It is not even better than the cartridge that came with my AT-LP120-USB. The cartridge came with the AT-LP120-USB lacks a little on the bass. So I bought this Shure to replace it. But it evens out the dynamics and looses details. It takes all the excitement, dynamics out of the music.
Summary: Not much in the way of dynamics here - very dull sounding, and brittle on the high end (even after 100+ hours of break-in). After a very short period of time the black paint chipped off the body of the cartridge - presumably ending up in the grooves of my records, which has caused white-hot hatred for this junk, and has made me question my ...uh..."frugal" (cheap) nature. Penny-wise and pound foolish, ta drop some B. Frank. .
Summary: I've installed (and reinstalled) this cartridge in two turntables. In my trusty Dual 1229, I drove myself crazy attaching and reattaching the headshell, using the included Shure protractor as well as other online protractors to align the cartridge, balancing and rebalancing the tonearm, trying brush up vs. brush down, etc. I still had an unacceptable level of sibilance and inner groove distortion.