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Shure M97XE High Accuracy, Low Mass Turntable Cartridge

B&H # SHM97XE Mfr # M97XE
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The Shure M97XE is a highly sensitive turntable cartridge designed to produce audio with extreme accuracy and detail. The MX97E provides long term listening without ear fatigue by reproducing high frequencies and low passages with extreme accuracy and without distortion and noise.

The M97XE features a dynamic stabilizer, which maintains a uniform distance between the cartridge and the record under difficult playing conditions, such as those caused by warped records, or mismatched tonearm mass. Additional features include a Side-Guard stylus protection system which protects against damage caused by accidental sliding.

Rich sonic detail and response
Extremely accurate reproduction on high frequencies and low passages
Dynamic Stabilizer aides in playing uneven surfaces such as warped records
Compatible with the Shure N92E replacement needle
SIDE-GUARD stylus protection system helps prevent stylus damage if the cartridge accidentally slides across a record
Tone Arm Standard 1/2 inch
Type Moving Magnet Cartridge
Output Voltage Typical at 1 kHz
4.0 mV RMS at 5 cm/sec peak velocity
Recommended Load 47 kilohms in parallel with 250pf
Tracking Force Effective at stylus tip
Range: 0.75 to 1.50 grams
Optimum: 1.25 g
Stylus Cantilever Shure Type II: Very low Mass
Heat-treated aluminum alloy / tubular
1.0 mil wall / 20 mil diameter
Frequency Response Essentially flat from 20 to 22,000 Hz
Stereo Channel Separation Balance: Within 2dB
Separation: Typical at 1 kHz: 25 dB
Weight 5.6 grams
Dimensions .625" (15.875 mm) (Height)
Shure M97XE High Accuracy, Low Mass Turntable Cartridge
  • User Guide
  • Headshell Screwdriver
  • Stylus Cleaning Brush
  • Mounting Hardware
  • Stylus Guard
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    ShureM97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge
     
    4.8

    (based on 77 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (62)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (69)
    • Easy to use (37)
    • Professional features (26)
    • Consistent (19)
    • Versatile (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (35)
      • Amateur recording (13)
      • Professional recording (11)
      • Performances (6)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (57), Novice (14), Professional musician (3)

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      5.0

      Excellent Value, Great Sounding!

      By Shane

      from Parkersburg, WV

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

          I'm not an audiophile. I just like to listen to music. I "upgraded" from a AT120E cartridge with a bent stylus that came on my Technics SL1200 MK2 when I purchased it. I could replace the stylus on the AT for about what I paid for the Shure, but I wanted to try something new. I wasn't sure what to expect, but all the reviews I had read were positive and my budget was somewhat limited. Before the change to the M97XE I got very little low end from my table. My subwoofer barely put out any sound unless I had it cranked to 11! With the M97XE I have plenty of bottom at normal listening volume as well as mids and highs. The difference is profound. If you're looking for a great cart on a budget I would recommend the M97XE.

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          5.0

          Great cartridge, great service

          By Tony

          from Kentucky

          Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

          Cartridge arrived as it should have, yuck, safe, and secure. Once installed and played for a few hours, it settled in nicely and sounds fantastic. The highs are crisp, the bass is deep, musical, and articulate, and oh, the midrange! Can't go wrong for the money.

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          5.0

          Very nice sound!

          By birkbott

          from New York, NY

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

              This cartridge is very nice and stable with a good clean sound that is also warm and pleasing to the ears. Excellent for 70's rock but also does well with classical, jazz, and probably just about anything else you can throw at it.

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              5.0

              Yep

              By John

              from Albuquerque

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                  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.

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                  5.0

                  Beautiful cartridge

                  By mrgoodflix

                  from Brooklyn, NY

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Professional Features

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                    A little difficult to set up, but good cartridges are. Full, rich sound - get the best speakers you can.

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                    5.0

                    Great cartridge - brings my old LPs back

                    By Navajoe

                    from Colorado Springs

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                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Great price
                    • Quality Product

                    Cons

                    • Non-to Date

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                      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!

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                      5.0

                      Shure sounds good

                      By Scott

                      from Philadelphia region

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Professional Features

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                        easy to install. sounds great. like the brush that picks up every little piece of dust in front of the stylus.

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                        5.0

                        Nice cart

                        By Trr

                        from Colorado

                        Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                        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.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect Replacement

                        By Jerry

                        from Somewhere in the beautiful Adirondacks

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                          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.

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                          5.0

                          Does the job perfectly!

                          By Rich

                          from Fair Lawn NJ

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                          Pros

                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                            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!

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                            5.0

                            Great price on a great product

                            By don vinyl man

                            from MD

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Professional Features

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                              This is the best price for this amazing cartridge. The sound is so awesome and the price can't be beat.

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                              5.0

                              Ah, analog.

                              By Greg

                              from The hills of Missouri

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                              Pros

                              • Did I Say Excellent Sound
                              • Excellent Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                                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.

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                                5.0

                                Easy enough for a newbie to install

                                By K2slim

                                from B'more, MD

                                About Me Novice

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                                  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.

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                                  5.0

                                  Have been using Shure since 80's

                                  By JimmyD

                                  from Woodbridge, Va

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                                    Started using an M97HE, that's right "HE" on my 1300MK2 back in the day. Replaced it recently with the latest version "XE" and am still very much satisfied with the sound quality and overall performance. (Would rather fight than switch to any other brand)

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                                    5.0

                                    Shure is good!

                                    By Listening Old School!

                                    from Bellefontaine OH.

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Professional Features
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Events
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Mobile DJ
                                      • Performances
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                                      It's been a while since I have bought a new cartridge because this one sounds great well worth the money!

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                                      5.0

                                      Very happy about this purchase

                                      By Courtney

                                      from Ohio

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Excellent Sound
                                      • Professional Features

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Studio

                                        Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                                        I purchased this and have been very impressed with how much better our vinyl sounds. Easy to install, it comes in excellent packaging that you want to keep. I love the little details -- how there is a small white line where the needle is so you know exactly where to drop it -- silly, but just another reason why this product is so nice. Highly recommend.

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                                        5.0

                                        Fantastic!!!

                                        By fallingcomet

                                        from Indiana

                                        Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                                        This cartridge is absolutely fantastic. I had this installed on my Audio Technica LP-120 and I can assure you that it makes an instant improvement to the sound.

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                                        5.0

                                        Sweet Sounding Cartridge

                                        By Rambling Man

                                        from Miami

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                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Excellent Sound
                                        • Professional Features
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                                          The sound is very well balanced, full and warm.

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                                          5.0

                                          Shure M97XE

                                          By Jeff

                                          from Cleveland, OH

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                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Excellent Sound
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home Studio

                                            Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                                            I have been debating which cartridge to buy and finally settled on the Shure M97XE. I love this cartridge it sounds great and the brush is a bonus. It will catch what I miss when I clean my record before playing.

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                                            5.0

                                            Good buy

                                            By Returnaholic

                                            from Norwalk, CT

                                            About Me Novice

                                            Verified Buyer

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                                                  Comments about Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge:

                                                  Records sound great at reasonable cost. Using it on a Revox linear tracking turntable.

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