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Shure M97XE

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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. It is kinda pricey at $ , but it is Japanese made and extremely high quality. Overall, the Shure M97XE cartridge DELIVERS. Great cartridge for the price and definitely recommended.
  • 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.<br /><br />I like this cart because of the reasonable prices replacement styli, and the brush is great since it makes it compatible with just about anything. And, of course, it sounds great.
  • 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. Your pockets doesn't have to go too deep to listen to analogue music again.
  • 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...........even with a very high end cd player. With the M97XE, the music comes alive with dynamics, presence and an articulate bass that will surprise you. No kidding.
  • 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. It came with a small cleaning brush. The cartrige itself has a tiny free-floating brush (it is also retractable) to sweep the groove ahead of the stylus...clever!.
  • 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 (...) an improvement, and the price was right. I'm happy with this product.
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Overall 8
8.0

Unbeatable performance to price ratio

Mon, B&H Photo
24 August 2011
  • Excerpt: I used this Shure M97XE in comparison with 4-5 times more expensive MC cartridges and the performance is at par. It even had stronger points in the areas of dynamics and attack. Truly a no brainer.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Versatile
  • Cons: Not Consistent
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Overall 8
8.0

Quality For Less

Silverspike, B&H Photo
9 August 2011
  • Excerpt: Here is a good quality cartridge for a reasonable price. Shure u can spend more, but unless you're a dedicated audiophile, don't do it. The M97XE delivers smooth detailed sound with strong mid-range performance and it won't flatten your wallet in the process. Recommended for people that want a solid performer, that outperforms the price.
  • Pros: Consistent, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound
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