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Shure M97XE
9.4 out of 10

Shure M97XE

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Overall 8
8.0

Audiophile Quality at Budget Prices

groovegrinder, B&H Photo
28 April 2015
  • Excerpt: I purchased this cartridge to replace an old one on a vintage turntable I recently acquired for my daughter who has begun to collect vinyl. The M97xe was easy to install and calibrate, and worked beautifully with the low mass tonearm on the turntable.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Sound
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Overall 8
8.0

The little cartridge that could

BrianMiller502, B&H Photo
22 January 2015
  • Excerpt: For the price point, this cartridge really deserves 5 stars, but potential buyers need to be aware that there are better performing cartridges out there, but at a much higher price point. I enjoy the warmth this cart brings to music.
  • Pros: Detailed But Not Bright, Excellent Price, Warm
  • Cons: Bass A Little Sloppy
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Overall 8
8.0

Awesome cartridge, lackluster stylus

Scott, B&H Photo
3 July 2013
  • Excerpt: First cartridge paired with my Technics 1210MK2. Your mileage and audio setup may vary, but I found the original stylus somewhat tinny sounding and a bit lacking in the low end. I recommend getting the Jico SAS diamond N97xE replacement stylus for this cartridge.
  • Pros: Excellent Sound
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Overall 8
8.0

i would buy this product again

titti, B&H Photo
13 June 2013
  • Excerpt: great sound
  • Pros: Excellent Sound, Professional Features
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent Value

Dizzy, B&H Photo
17 January 2013
  • Excerpt: I'm a casual listener, with a thrift system that over the years has grown into a pretty nice kit. Currently I have M97XEs on a Pioneer PL-518 and a Sony PS-X7. Both sound great. I like this cart because of the reasonable prices replacement styli, and the brush is great since it makes it compatible...
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Versatile
  • Cons: Not Consistent
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Overall 8
8.0

M97XE Turntable Cartridge

Home User, B&H Photo
17 December 2012
  • Excerpt: The M97XE was used to replace the old cartidge on a home turntable that we use to play our original Beatles, Miles Davis, Dione Warwick etc. vinyl albums. It may not be a top-end cartridge, but it sure sounds great.
  • Pros: Consistent, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound
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Overall 8
8.0

good value for money, no less!

sKyf1re, B&H Photo
8 August 2012
  • Excerpt: This is certainly a good buy. Its good value for money, especially when its on sale. Complete kit where you can't go wrong installing it yourself. For the money you pay, the sound goes way much further than that. Recommended especially for entry level audiophiles.
  • Pros: Complete kit included, Excellent Sound, Versatile
  • Cons: Instructions too techie, Upgrades imminent
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Overall 8
8.0

A little workhorse with finesse

Ralph E. Boy, B&H Photo
1 May 2012
  • Excerpt: It's easy to provide those under the impression that digital reigns supreme with food for thought. Hook this little guy up to a decent turntable and play a clean, well recorded pressing of something they like on vinyl. A/B it with the same recording on a cd..........
  • Pros: Overall tracking is good
  • Cons: Sybilance is problematic
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Overall 8
8.0

Great replacement cartridge

Lazymoose, B&H Photo
18 January 2012
  • Excerpt: I have installed it in an old Technics SL-20 turntable so I can listen to my old LP records. The sound quality is excellent when I play some classical music. It was delivered right at my door in very sturdy packaging. The instructions were simple enough to install it and adjust the tonearm.
  • Pros: Excellent Sound
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Cartridge

nochoke, B&H Photo
1 December 2011
  • Excerpt: Old turntable died, so I bought a relatively inexpensive Stanton and upgraded the cartridge to this Shure shortly thereafter. I don't use it much but do transfer vinyl to digital occasionally. After a thorough alignment, this cartridge put the OEM to bed. Clearly (...
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