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Shure M97xE Audiophile Phono Cartridge

February 8, 2014 - Comment

Clear, Accurate Sound Reproduction. The way music was meant to be. The Shure M97xE Phono Cartridge is a superbly tracking, neutral, smooth-sounding magnetic cartridge, designed to provide long hours of non-distorted, 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

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Clear, Accurate Sound Reproduction. The way music was meant to be.

The Shure M97xE Phono Cartridge is a superbly tracking, neutral, smooth-sounding magnetic cartridge, designed to provide long hours of non-distorted, 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.

The very low mass M97xE cartridge shares several important features with the V15VxMR audiophile cartridge, to include:

Dynamic Stabilizer

The Shure exclusive viscous-damped Dynamic Stabilizer maintains a uniform distance between the cartridge and the record under difficult playing conditions, even those caused by warped records or mismatched tonearm mass. When such stabilization is not required, the stabilizer brush can be locked up into its detent position, which, under ideal playing conditions, can provide even better sound quality.

Side-Guard Stylus Protection System

The innovative protection system helps to limit stylus damage if the cartridge accidentally slides across a record. This unique feature responds to side thrusts on the stylus by momentarily forcing the stylus cantilever and tip upward so that the cantilever does not bend sideways.

Die Cast Aluminum Mounting Block

Ensures secure, vibration-free attachment to the tonearm.

Included Accessories

Headshell Screwdriver, Stylus Cleaning Brush, Mounting Hardware, Stylus Guard.

Product 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: headshell screwdriver, stylus cleaning brush, mounting hardware, stylus guard

Comments

tvc215 says:

Hearing albums again, as they were meant to be heard… I most recently decided it was time to replace my 15+ year old Bang and Olufsen cartridge. I began researching cartridges via reviews, manufacturer websites, etc., and found the task to be daunting. As it is virtually impossable to find decent customer reviews for cartridges for under $300, I felt I needed to write one, so here goes…My system; Marantz 2252B receiver (you can’t beat pre-1980s Marantz for true analog sound), Mirage Omni 60 speakers, Technics SL1200 direct drive turntable.I admit that I am sort of a vinyl snob. I own tons of CDs, they’re practical for the car and readily available, but I prefer the sound of a clean well cared for vinyl LP given the proper playing conditions. You might call me an audiophile who doesn’t have the funding for a high end system. The Shure M97xE more than fits my budget.I have been using The Shure M97xE for about a month now, listening to approximately 1-2 LPs a night, and I am quite impressed and content…

Armando M. Mesa says:

My Share of Shures This Shure cartridge is a little blue sonic marvel in sound quality and price range ! …Over the years, I’ve had my share of Shures (gamut of Shure V15 carts).Earlier Shures from the 70’s in their sound performance were slightly tipped upwards in the higher frequencies, but in a not too bright fashion as opposed to the new line of SHure cartridges in recent years. Truth be told, unless you have very,very sensitive and discriminating bionic hearing, the sonic differences between those and the M97xE are minimal to almost non-existant.In fact, the V15’s now command a hefty price tag due to better premium materials used in it’s manufacturing over the lesser Shures. However (and this is a big HOWEVER), you are mighty lucky if you can still purchase one from a hi-fi retailer (old new stock) as Shure has stopped production on the audiophile grade and highly respected (amongst casual record listeners and vinyl purists alike) V15! There is a devout following of those who swear by…

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