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Shure M97xE Hi-Fi Turntable Phono Cartridge

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The M97xE is a superbly tracking, neutral, smooth-sounding magnetic cartridge designed to provide long hours of undistorted, easy listening without fatiguing the ear or tiring the mind.
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Part # 232-505
  • Type II low-mass thin-wall aluminum alloy tubular stylus cantilever
  • Finely polished elliptical diamond tip
  • Side Guard Stylus Protection System

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Shure M97xE Hi-Fi Turntable Phono Cartridge

The M97xE is a superbly tracking, neutral, smooth-sounding magnetic cartridge designed to provide long hours of undistorted, 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. Includes screws.

The very low mass M97xE cartridge shares several important features with the V15VxMR audiophile cartridge such as Shure’s exclusive viscous-damped 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. 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. A die cast aluminum mounting block provides secure, vibration-free attachment to the tonearm while the SIDE-GUARD stylus protection system helps prevent stylus damage if the cartridge accidentally slides across a record. This unique feature responds to side thrusts on the stylus by withdrawing the entire stylus cantilever and tip safely into the stylus housing before the cantilever can be damaged.

Specifications: • Dynamic stabilizer damper/de-staticizer • Die-cast aluminum mounting block • Side Guard stylus protection system • Tone arm mount: Standard 1/2" • Cartridge type: Moving magnet • Cantilever: Shure Type II, very low mass heat-treated aluminum alloy/tubular, 1.0 mil wall thickness, 20 mil diameter • Diamond stylus tip: Polished natural gemstone, elliptical, side x front radii: 0.2 x 0.7 mil • Tracking force range (effective at stylus tip): 0.75 to 1.50 grams, optimum: 1.25 grams • Trackability at 1 gram tracking force (cm per second peak velocity): 1 kHz: 44 cm/sec, 10 kHz: 31 cm/sec • Amplitude: 80 um at 400 Hz • Frequency response: Essentially flat from 20 to 22,000 Hz • Stereo channel balance: Within 2.0 dB • Channel separation (typical at 1 kHz): 25 dB • Output voltage (typical at 1 kHz): 4.0 mV RMS at 5 cm/sec peak velocity • Net Weight: 6.6 grams • Height: 15.875 mm • Accessories Included: Headshell screwdriver, stylus cleaning brush, user guide, mounting hardware and stylus guard • Full one-year manufacturer's warranty • N97xE replacement stylus #232-507.

Shure M97xE Hi-Fi Turntable Phono Cartridge
  • BrandShure
  • ModelM97xE
  • Part Number232-505
  • UPC042406060370
  • Product CategoryTurntable Phono Cartridges
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (9 Reviews)
  • Weight0.3 lbs.
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Shure M97xE Hi-Fi Turntable Phono Cartridge
Shure M97xE Hi-Fi Turntable Phono Cartridge is rated 4.7778 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great CartridgeThis is a great cartridge, especially when considering the very reasonable price. It is smooth and nonirritating in the upper range. I am using this cartridge in a Dual 721 turntable and it is a perfect match.
Date published: 2015-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid work from an American company.I was impressed with its ability to track high notes. Bass is clean and tight. The mounted brush in down position really does an excellent job. Kudos were received for this cartridge from both Absolute Sound and Consumer Reports. 
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Shure sound.Ever since the V-15 series, high end Shure cartridges have been known to have a very smooth and musical sound with no harshness like some other hi end cartilages have.Some mistake a bit of high end harshness in some other top cartridges as an extended high end.Many moons ago, I originally had a V-15 type IV (which also had the dampened brush) on a Thorens TD 160. and loved the sound. This was after trying a few top cartridges of the day and not being satisfied with their harshness.Recently, I got back into vinyl and got a Pioneer PL112D. After refurbishing it, I installed the Shure M97xE. I was not disappointed.It tracks beautifully at 1.75 g with the brush down and is indeed a worthy successor to the V-15 series.. It has the same detailed, smooth, non fatiguing Shure sound with a flat freq response that I remember and love.As others suggest, I also ordered a Shure tracking force gauge along with it and also recommenced it.The M97xe is a :" low rider" and 1.75 g as Shure lists as "Optimum" with the brush down is indeed its sweet spot.BTW, be sure to look under the foam insert to find the mounting/overhang gauge.With a standard head shell, overhang will be exactly 49 mm from the back of the rubber gasket to the stylus tip (for any cartridge) but, it's good to check it with the gauge.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from compatabilityIorigunally mounted one of these to a Shure SME 3009 arm on an Empire 398 TT. I then aquired a Technics SL1200 MKII so bought a second one for it. Although two completely different types of arms and TT the cart. operates flawlwssly on both. I also purchased a 78RPM needle and enjoy being able to change the needle without changing carts. Great Value and great performance as is expected from Shure.
Date published: 2012-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great clarity, but duller high endThe clarity and depth of this cartridge are outstanding, although the high end is not as bright as on other cartridges I have used (Shure, Stanton, ADC). It tracks well and gives smooth, clear-cutting dynamics.
Date published: 2010-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best cartridges for the priceI have another Shure cartidge M91ED with new stylus and I am comparing the M97xE to it. I have only used the new cartridge for about 15 hours so it will change over more usage. The M97xE tracks very well (I have stabilizer brush down) and this is great with records that have some "warp bumps" on them. Plays right through them. Also I have noticed that the bass is much better pronounced than with the M91ED. This cartridge has a very pleasing and "warmer" sound to it. I will definitely tell others about this cartridge and feel it is a very good starter cart for most people listening for the first time to vinyl (or even starting over again).
Date published: 2010-02-10
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Shure M97xE Hi-Fi Turntable Phono Cartridge

What do the pins look like that extend behind cartridge? I will be using this cartridge on a Kenwood model KD-55F. I have four wires with female connectors connecting to cartridge that I want to replace.

Asked by: Fitzwilly
This just uses 4 male pins. It should be fairly standard.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2016-02-03

I am interested in the Shure M97xE cartridge, and asked to be advised when in stock. Also, might you carry a replacement stylus for a Shure V-15 III ? Please advise of cost and availability. Thanks !! Fred.

Asked by: music nut
I am sorry, we do not currently offer a stylus for the V15 cartridge at this time.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2016-02-02

Will if fit on my  jvc QL-A 51.

Asked by: Drum61
We do not have a cross reference available for this type of thing. Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-10-02

will this work on a Pioneer PL510A turn table?

Asked by: BSMNE
We do not have a cross reference available for this type of thing but if it has a tone arm mount that is a standard 1/2" then this cartridge will be compatible . Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: GregT
Date published: 2015-07-24

Is this a moving magnet cartridge

Asked by: Boney202
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-30

How fast can you deliver this to Amsterdam in The Netherlands, preferably in an unmarked envelop with bubbles?

Asked by: peetrob
Please contact our sales and customer service for available stock, price and shipping options. or 800-338-0531 x2.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-04
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