Shure N97xE Stylus
Ratings & Reviews
I'm sorry. This is one rolled off, dull sounding little turd. It sounds that way; it measures that way. Anyone who says this cartridge is even close to the V15VxMR has clearly never heard one properly set up, especially not with a JICO SAS stylus, which turns that cartridge into a very refined performer. I gavethe 97xE 3 stars because at least it isn't offensive sounding, and won't damage your LP's. Faint praise indeed! You'll do better with another make, now that Shure has discontinued their V15 series. Either that, or get a JICO stylus for this cartridge, which turns it into a totally different animal. And good luck with JICO's backlog, and their QC, which unfortunately seems to be slipping lately.
I have this mounted on my Marantz 6200. I just love it. The music comes alive. I can hear individual instruments and background vocals like I've never heard before. Sounds far better than any CD.
It is an Stylus with style
Produce an excellent deep sound
Great, but no V15
by Guy who likes records
The M97 is a great cartridge for the money. It's not (in my opinion) for critical listening but gets everything "mostly" right.
My issue with it was the sibilance in the higher frequencies and in complex musical passages.
I keep one around for the times when I won't be sitting down to listen critically, or to play older records that I don't want to play with the new styli on either of my V15's.
That being said, if you aren't using very revealing, high resolution equipment downstream, the minor issues with it may not be terribly obvious.
Let there be no mistake. The M97 is no replacement for a V15. I have a V15 III and a V15 V which I use on different turntables.
The V15's can handle far more complex musical passages than the M97, but they'd darned well better sound good for the prices of the Shibata styli they "like".