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Shure M97xE

Moving magnet phono cartridge

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Overview

Our take on the Shure M97xE

The Shure M97xE brings out the best in your records. The cartridge's polished elliptical diamond stylus offers excellent fidelity, especially in the higher frequencies.

A phono cartridge that's ready for anything

The Shure M97xE brings out the best in your records. The cartridge's polished elliptical diamond stylus offers excellent fidelity, especially in the higher frequencies.

It's also ready for those less-than-pristine bargain-bin finds. You can choose to deploy the Dynamic Stabilizer brush to maintain a uniform distance between the cartridge and the record, even if the vinyl is slightly warped. Over 10,000 conductive fibers in the stabilizer brush neutralize surface static and clean the grooves just ahead of the stylus. Side-Guard stylus protection helps prevent stylus damage if the cartridge skips out of a groove and slides across the record.

Product Highlights:

  • moving magnet design
  • selectable dynamic stabilizer brush helps needle track on slightly warped records
  • polished elliptical stylus
    • Side-Guard Stylus Protection System protects against accidental damage
  • all-metal cantilever
  • frequency response 20-22,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 4.0 mV
  • stereo separation: 25 dB
  • channel balance: 2 dB
  • tracking force range: .75-2.0 grams
  • recommended tracking force: 1.25 grams
  • load impedance: 47k ohms
  • cartridge weight: 6.6 grams
  • 11/16"W x 11/16"H x 1-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Phono cartridge
  • Headshell screwdriver
  • Stylus cleaning brush
  • 2 Screws
  • 2 Nuts
  • Stylus guard (installed)
  • Storage case
  • Cartridge Alignment Protractor
  • Instructions

Replaced a V15III. The new one sounds a little brighter. Great so far. Enjoying listening to albums again.

Anonymous, Lafayette, LA

Reviews

Shure M97xE Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Shure M97xE

Anonymous from North Beach, MD on 3/1/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Supplied mounting bolts too short. This was the cartridge recommended by Shure as a direct replacement for my old Shure cartridge on my Yamaha turntable. Mounting brackets are cumbersome making it difficult to square up headshell, since it just floated in between the two brackets. The gap between the mounting bracket and the headshell allowed the copper plate to float where the old cartridge mounted flush between the top of the cartridge and headshell. Crutchfield could not resolve the problem and said to return the cartridge.

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Anonymous from Lafayette, LA on 2/21/2018

Replaced a V15III. The new one sounds a little brighter. Great so far. Enjoying listening to albums again.

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Justin from Charlotte, NC on 1/30/2018

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Best cartridge in this price range. Awesome sound and the stabilizing brush works wonders.

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Andy from Kearny, NJ on 1/18/2018

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Quality sound. What you would expect from Shure

Pros: Straight forward installation

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Sure 97 ex cartridge

Joseph from Ravenna, OH on 12/18/2017

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Amazing sound for the money

Pros: Affordable

Cons: None

Shure M97xE

Anonymous from New Albany, IN on 12/10/2017

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It does not fit my tone arm, so I am sending it back.

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Clear, accurate sound

Michael from Osceola, IN on 12/6/2017

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Great cartridge. I got it to replace an old Shure M111HE. I wanted to start listening to albums again, including some new ones I just bought and I couldn't find a stylus for the M111, so I got a new cartridge instead. It sounds good, plenty of warmth and brightness since my old hearing is terrible. I love the brush just like the old M111 has.

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Anonymous from Council Bluffs, IA on 11/19/2017

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I was without a cartridge for a few months. I talked to a representative, who assured me the cartridge would work well for me. I am very pleased with the sound reproduction. I did, indeed, make a good choice. While my speakers are rather old the cartridge seems to cover the entire sound spectrum quite well.

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Good value.

Michael from Lake City, FL on 11/14/2017

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Please keep in mind, the price of this cartridge. That said, anyone telling you that it is a "bad" or "cheap" sounding cartridge is wrong. For your Ben Franklin you get quite respectable sound. Smooth, balanced and pleasant. I was surprised with the packaging. A nice high class hinged aluminum box containing stylus brush, aluminum screws/screwdriver (Phillips head), and two point "over the spindle" alignment gauge. The packaging is pretty much the same as what came with my old V15xMR. Installed on a low mass head shell (Technics SL-1200Mk5 with an aftermarket KAB Electro Acoustics silicone fluid damper attached to the tonearm), I ran some tests. Using the M97x damping brush, it is difficult to tell where resonance occurs on the TTR-117 Shure test record. Without the Shure brush, there is audible break up (heard as a rhythmic beating on one channel) between 9-11 Hz. Note: since the KAB fluid damper cannot be easily defeated, I did not make a test without it engaged, however from my observation, there would be no benefit to not using the Shure brush, which also acts to clean and destaticize the record. Listening: On the Sheffield Lab Phil Woods/Adam Makowicz direct to disc Lp (probably the best overall sound quality of any source I have) the Shure sounded, and tracked everything fine. Other records sounded fine, also. Conclusion: The M97xE should be on everyone's short list if they are looking for an inexpensive but quality cartridge.

Pros: Inexpensive quality. Great Crutchfield service.

Cons: None.

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Features

Audiophile Phono Cartridge: The Shure M97xE is a superb smooth-sounding phonograph cartridge designed to provide long hours of undistorted listening, without fatiguing the ear. 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. 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.

  • 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:  Its die-cast aluminum mounting block ensures secure, vibration-free attachment to your turntable's tonearm.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

turn table was reviewed on another site that recommended this cart. as an upgrade. [ robert  Mar 15, 2018 ]
the current reliable medium quality cart and stylus for shure lovers. [ paul  Mar 10, 2018 ]
Price, reviews, prior experience with Shure cartridges. Mounting it on a Sony PS-X55. [ Dale  Feb 08, 2018 ]
My father was an audiophile & used Shure cartridges all his turntables. Now its my turn! [ Andrew  Dec 29, 2017 ]
Tracking force and reviews around the web over the years [ Tracy  Nov 25, 2017 ]
Good brand reputation, recommendation [ PHILLIP E  Nov 11, 2017 ]
I owned this cartridge years ago until I started listening to all the hype about another brand.. I decided to switch back to this one. [ Darrell  Nov 08, 2017 ]
Consistently good reviews online for an all around good listening record needle. [ Larry  Nov 06, 2017 ]
My 1970's Garrard Zero 100 turntable used a Shure cartridge and I decided to stay with the brand, hoping for more modern technology after reading several online recommendations of various options. The stabilizer brush and recommended stylus weight were also considerations I put value in, not just the channel separation figures, output voltages and frequency responses. [ S  Sep 29, 2017 ]
Choice was made based on price, specs, and ruggedness balanced against being easy on the record grooves. [ Randall  Sep 15, 2017 ]
I needed a good phono cartridge, big Shure fan... [ Louis M Rhinehardt  Aug 18, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

I believe Shure cartridges are MM (moving magnet) not MC (moving coil). [ Thomas W.  Apr 12, 2018 ]
EntShure M97xE Moving magnet phono cartridgeer an answer to this question. [ Arthur  Apr 12, 2018 ]
I got the answer from the Shure Q & A site, here it is verbatim: "All modern Shure phono cartridges are a moving magnet design. In the 1950's, Shure had the first U.S. patent for the moving magnet phono cartridge. The cartridge sounds great to me. [ Michael  Apr 12, 2018 ]
It is a moving magnet stylus. [ DONALD  Apr 12, 2018 ]
All shure cartridges are moving magnet [ JOHN F  Apr 12, 2018 ]
It's a moving magnet cartridge. [ Michael  Apr 11, 2018 ]
This is a MM cartridge. [ Justin  Apr 11, 2018 ]
This is a cartridge that includes a stylus. The Stylus is simply the needle. Its an all in one unit that plugs into the arm of a record player. [ Mike  Apr 11, 2018 ]

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