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Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge
High-performance phono cartridge with finely polished elliptical diamond tipAccurately reproduces difficult musical passages, particularly in high-frequency rangeViscous-damped dynamic stabilizer maintains uniform distance between cartridge and recordSide-Guard system prevents stylus damage if cartridge accidentally slides across LPDie-cast-aluminum mounting block; includes mounting hardware and cleaning brush
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58 Reddit comments about Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge:

u/adayinalife · 6 pointsr/vinyl

Awesome find, especially the SL-D2, fantastic table that should last you for years and years. Should be able to find a universal headshell on Amazon for around $20, then something like a Shure M97xE cartridge

u/REMAIN_IN_LIGHT · 5 pointsr/vinyl
u/calinet6 · 5 pointsr/audiophile

At that budget you should look used or vintage, you'll get a lot more for your money.

Check out Craigslist and eBay for stuff, and audio forums such as AudioKarma for recommendations on vintage gear.

As others have mentioned, you'll need:

  1. Speakers, probably 2- or 3-way bookshelf speakers (that just means 2 or 3 smaller speakers in the one box). Look for vintage brands such as ADS, Acoustic Research, KEF, Klipsch, etc. You should be able to pick up a pair for within $100-150.

  2. Amplifier. You'll need something to power the speakers and process your inputs (like a turntable). Look for an older stereo receiver from a brand name, preferably one with lots of brushed aluminum on the front. Look for Sony, Pioneer, Yamaha, Kenwood, and other names you've heard of. In this case you can often find good deals not only online but also at local thrift stores such as Goodwill, but try to test it out first. This could be had for $50-$100 depending on what you find, just make sure it has an input labeled "Phono" for your record player.

  3. Turntable. This I would recommend finding on craigslist or eBay as well. Again, you're looking for a solid deck, as heavy as possible (read: highest shipping cost, ha) and fairly old (70's or 80's) so as to be of high quality. Direct-drive is a good start since it's less likely you'll have to replace or adjust belts. Once you pick it up, I'd replace the cartridge (the whole thing that includes the needle and housing) with something brand new and good quality. this will ensure your records aren't damaged by an old needle, and that they sound their best. Pick up a Shure M97xE or a Grado Black. This should total $50-70 for the turntable and $50-60 for the new cartridge, so $100-130.

    That's a total of $250-380 if you do it right, and that's about as cheap as you can possibly get for all the components you need. If you bought new at the same price, the quality would suffer significantly, so I'd recommend reading up as much as you can on used or vintage gear, looking for deals on each component, and having some fun finding the top quality in that budget. Good luck!
u/GirlWithRedHair · 4 pointsr/vinyl

I upgraded my AT95E cartridge to a Shure M97xE based on a couple suggestion posts I read here. A lot of people say that for the price the cartridge can't be beat.

If you search this sub for Shure, you'll find posts with pretty good information and comparisons on entry level cartridges. Here's a M97xE cartridge thread and here's a Shure M97xE vs Ortofon 2M Red thread.

u/DarTHCidious · 4 pointsr/vinyl

If you want something within the $100 range, I recommend the Grado Prestige series ( Black for $60 and the Green for $80), Ortofon 2M Red ($90), or the solid Shure M97xE ($75±).

My personal experience is based on the Grado Black and the 2M Red, with the Shure trailing behind. The dynamics are spectacular and the advantage with the Grado and Ortofon is that they can be upgraded with a change of the stylus. In otherwords, when the stylus on the Grado Black goes out you could purchase the replacment stylus or go for the Green stylus.

u/hurrayforzac · 3 pointsr/vinyl

as far as i know, DJ styli aren't inherently horrible. the main problem with DJing is the tendency to use too much tracking force to compensate for manhandling the records. i don't think any of your records have actually been "wrecked" by the most likely higher-end cart the guy gave you. what cart did they give you, anyway?

but if you really want a new cart, this one, this guy, or this beauty are all pretty nice from what i've heard.

u/1_man_band · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Here's a headshell that will work, and a cartridge

You will need to download and alignment protractor from VinylEngine and maybe get and overhang gauge if you want overhang to be spot on.

I haven't used the Shure cartridge I linked too, but it's pretty well regarded.

u/_stupidsexyflanders_ · 3 pointsr/vinyl

You are not going to get anything better around $40. While I haven't tried it yet, people say the [Shure M97xE] ( is a great upgrade. At $73, it's in your budget. Then if you wanted, you could later upgrade the stylus to a jico. Make sure when you replace the cartridge, you re balance the tone arm and align the cartridge. Vinyl engine has the protractor you would need for alignment.

u/hellomika · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Decent value cartridges: Shure M97 and Grado Black.

u/BTsBaboonFarm · 3 pointsr/vinyl

At $700 for a budget, here is what I suggest you do...

  1. Remove the built in phono preamp from the LP120

  2. Go with one of these phono preamps:

  1. Pick up the Audioengine A5+ powered speakers.

  2. Use whatever remaining budget you have to either buy some cheap speaker stands (it is not advisable to put them on the same surface as the TT unless you have some isolation pads), and potentially upgrade the cartridge on the LP120
u/Alan-anumber1 · 3 pointsr/vintageaudio

I personally use the Shure M97Xe phono cartridge, on a 1970's vintage Technics SL-1200 MkII turntable hooked up to the phono input of a 1970's Marantz 2230B receiver. I use a Focusrite 2i2 for analog to digital conversion, hooked up to the Marantz's tape out. I capture and edit in Audacity.

I use the Marantz with a pair of '80s vintage DCM bookshelf speakers in nearfield fed audio from my desktop computer's soundcard into the receiver's tape monitor circuit.

The Marantz was a thrift store find that I cleaned, adjusted and replaced the capacitors in. The DCM speaker's woofers were refoamed with Simply Speakers refoam kits as well as the capacitors replaced in the crossovers.

The Technics turntable has a modern cartridge installed as most vintage phono cartridges would be a downgrade. Fresh manufacture is your friend here as the rubber suspension would be suspect on a new old stock cartridge and the diamond styli wear out, ruling out used cartridges with unknown use and wear (my vintage records are more important!). I also replaced the cue light on the Technics and repalced the DJ style platter mat with a more appropriate Technics OEM mat.

For my time and effort of restoring my vintage gear, I find it sounds better than entry level audiophile gear. It also is easier to service (for me) and looks just cool (IMHO).

u/niandra3 · 2 pointsr/vinyl
  1. What's the deal with the Shure M97xE.. it seems like it's been around for a while, and I have read it's sold for about $70. But on Amazon it's not available until 9/26 and it's $100. Same price on a few sites I checked. So it this a new version with a higher price, or the same version, or what?

  2. I'm looking to upgrade the cart on my Sl-1200 MK2.. I currently have an AT95E, but am willing to spend around $100. What pairs well with the 1200 mk2? FWIW I'm listening to mostly new records, all in good shape and using a HT theater with a cheapo phono pre (maybe I should upgrade the pre first..) I've been looking at the M97xE and the Ortofon Red.. either of those pair well with the 1200, or something else?
u/nevermind4790 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

That Technics has a standard cartridge mount. Most standard carts will work on it. You can find carts/needles on Amazon and Needle Doctor. On a thread on Audio Karma site relating to the SLD3, people recommended the Shure M97xE and the AT95E. I own the Shure and I like it. It does have a very neutral sound to it, which some find appealing and others don't. Either cart will be good with your turntable as a great start to vinyl. Hope this helps.

u/cakeod · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I would suggest looking around Craigslist and local record stores/thrift shops for a used turntable. Personally, I would recommend something direct drive, fully manual and Technics if you can find one in your price range.

Even if you cheap out on the turntable itself, getting a nice cartridge can help a lot. Personally, this is my cart of choice, its cheap and awesome.

I suggest buying a new LP to test it out. A modern 180 gram audiophile pressing is more likely to give you a much better first impression than a scratchy old record.

u/wgboyd · 2 pointsr/VinylDeals

There are a number of sellers of this cart listed on the page. The primary seller is Shure and that's what comes up by default. That's $99 and you can have it today. However, Amazon is another seller, listed down on the right if you're using a desktop and their price is $58. If you select that option, like others have noted, it's currently out of stock - but priced at $58 so once it comes back into stock, they will bill and ship it to you.

u/lancevo3 · 2 pointsr/vinyl
u/mrojek · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Shure m97xe, the best bang for the buck out there plus a stabilizer brush!

u/WhollyJeans · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Cartridges are like cars ...everybody has a favorite. Some for the technical aspects, some for the "musicality" of the cartridge and some just 'cause itsa ____ (fill in the blank of your fave cartridge maker).

A very good cartridge that works for your price range and would compliment your TT is the Shure M97xE. It runs about $75:

I have one on my Technics SL-D2.

As you are new to the turntable business and you're going to mount your first cartridge, here are two good resources in what goes into setting up your table:

At a minimum you'll need a cartridge alignment gauge ...a stylus force gauge is also very handy for making fine changes to the tracking force. Patience and time are needed to mount a cartridge but you will be rewarded for your efforts. You can download some free alignment guides off the internet and print them ...but I wouldn't trust them. Turntable Basics has an excellent gauge; I have one and it is by far the easiest most accurate gauge I have ever used. I grew up when records and turntables were the way you listened to music. Getting your cartridge properly mounted and aligned to your tonearm is probably the most critical job in setting up and optimizing your TT. And with vinyl, your TT is the star of the show. It's where the music starts. Vinyl is a very analog medium. How accurately the stylus tracks the groove of the record will determine how good everything else is gonna sound.

You can do this.

u/canadad · 2 pointsr/audiophile
u/Asplundh · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I've heard good things about this, but I've never used it so I can't personally attest to it's quality. This is definitely the cartridge I'm going to get once I find a decent used turntable to replace this gosh darned LP60.

u/dmcnelly · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Depends on your budget, really.

Looking to spend under $100?

A lot of people like the Shure M97xE, given it's reasonable price and excellent reproduction.

The Grado Green1 is another solid choice. Grado makes an excellent cartridge.

The Ortofon OM 10 is an amazing cartridge. Unfortunately, the replacement styli are rather expensive.

Not looking to spend more than $50?

The Audio Technica AT 91ECD is a great cartridge. I had one, and it was quite nice. My only complaint is that the universal mounting made it bottom out on occasion.

The Ortofon Omega is another good budget choice. Needs a little heavier tracking force than I'd like, but it sounds quite good.

There's also the trusty Red Ed cartridge. You'd want the elliptical version, for better tracking.

Money no object?

Clearaudio Goldfinger.

u/bootbox · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon - $399.00. I don't like the cartridge options on this one so if it were me I'd get the cheapest cartridge option, sell the cheap bundled cart, and buy a new one. The table itself gets really positive reviews though, everyone was pretty stunned when this came out for this price. Carbon fiber tonearms used to be mostly attached to $2000+ tables.

Amp: While it's tempting to recommend vintage gear here, it cost me a nice chunk of time, money, and research to get my all-vintage rig up and running, and there are very nice modern options that will match the modern table better and sound incredible, all with no hassle.

I like the Marantz PM5004 - $449.00. Great brand, great specs, and a built-in phono pre-amp. You can always get a better pre-amp if you want to upgrade to a low output, high end Moving Coil cartridge in the future, but this will sound great and you may feel no need to ever upgrade.

Cartridge: I've heard a handful of $200.00 and below cartridges in my time and this $69.00 cartridge is my favorite so far - Shure m97xe. It's cheap and sounds incredible. It gets brought up a lot, but it's wildly popular for a reason.

That leaves $83 for speakers and wires. You can go a bit low here and get these nice Dayton 6.5 inch bookshelfs for around $30.00, or spend a bit more than your budget and get the $149.00 Pioneer SP-BS41-LR in this price range. They were designed by famed speaker designer Andrew Jones and get great reviews.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Ortofon OM10 for $70

Shure M97xE for $70

u/TheFrodo · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Cartridges come with a stylus.

One of the most widely praised that's on the cheaper end is the Audio Technica AT95e for $40. You may consider the Shure M97xE and Ortofon 2M Red which are both $100, though.

u/LobsterMeta · 2 pointsr/vinyl

This thing is $200! I have a strong feeling that I'm going to buy this and still not be as satisfied as if I spent $350 on the U-Turn. If it does solve my problem and sounds good, I'd be ecstatic, but after replacing the stylus and buying a preamp in a failed attempt to fix my problem, I'm wary of throwing down even more money.

Is there any cheaper alternatives to this cartridge that are almost as good? Like I said I'm willing to spend it if it's truly the solution but I'd be way more willing to buy a nice cartridge for $100 if possible.

Thank you for your advice

u/Turquoise_HexagonSun · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I'd recommend the venerable Shure M97xE.

This is the go-to cart for many beginners for several reasons; primarily because its sound signature doesn't particularly emphasize any frequency and tames sibilance well. The stock stylus is more elliptical than most at 0.2 mils while most ellipticals are 0.4 or 0.3 mils. This means that the Shure can track deeper into the groove and subsequently tracks better than other carts in its price range (I've personally verified this). The stylus also has a flip-down brush built in making the cartridge appropriate for most tone arm masses (light to heavy). Brushes not only sweep dust away but help damp tone arm vibrations. There is also a healthy selection of after market styli, so when it's time to replace your stylus you can get a stock stylus rather cheaply or you can splurge and get a nice shibata replacement stylus.

It's just a good sounding, affordable cart that works well on a wide range of tone arms.

u/OJNeg · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Would a Technics headshell fly? Also, here's a budget cartridge that gets recommended often around here. You should search around for other options though.

u/loopscadoop · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I reall want this turntable cartridge cause the one I have now sucks, but it's really expensive.

More reasonably I want this Vampire Weekend Record cause it's my favorite album of the year.

u/Jeirda · 2 pointsr/vinyl

For the cartridge, I would recommend this.

And as for the speakers, just keep checking craigslist. For lower amounts of money used is always better than the new speakers in that price range.

u/30_percent_better · 1 pointr/vinyl

> m97xe is garbage

Lol. It's highly regarded in the audiophile community.

Poor little guy. Throwing a temper tantrum. It's ok. I'm shure all that happened. lol

u/manbot_9000 · 1 pointr/vinyl

If the tip of the stylus broke off, you are correct in thinking that you can replace just the stylus without replacing the whole cartridge. Have you thought about upgrading a bit?

Most / a lot of people start out with one of these, a pretty great cartridge for all-around listening and easy to get installed and everything.

u/DirtyB02 · 1 pointr/DaftPunk

What is your local craigslist? I can look around for you. The best luck I had though was going to pawnshops. If you do go the used way then you will have to buy a new needle. I have this one and it sounds great and is pretty cheap.

Also you should put a post over in /r/vinyl, they know way more than I do. And here is a nice article on buying a turntable for cheap.

u/cynthiadangus · 1 pointr/vinyl
u/VinylNoob · 1 pointr/vinyl

Another question: The 1242 has a Shure cartridge. Are all shure cartridges decent or are there some crappy ones out there? Id probably want a new needle right? How much do those cost?

Should I consider just buying this from the get-go? :

...told you I was a noob

u/ic2drop · 1 pointr/vinyl

Everything I have looked into store wise around San Antonio is pretty slim on the pickings. Austin probably has a better variety and selection, as it is more of a "hip and cool" town. Looking around online, vinyl seems to range from severely expensive to suspectfully cheap. If I can avoid buying online, I will.

The console is a wonderful idea, I think, but your correct that shipping costs + console costs would be better spent on the system itself. Honestly, it is more of the final piece that would be purchased after anything else. I would rather have a system that I am proud of that fit to a console, than have a system that fits a console before developing it's sound. The designer who makes it can also make it to spec, as they are hand crafted, and said he can go up to 36" in height for speakers.

In regards to that cartridge, my friend also recommended this as a replacement. He mentioned it would have better tone, lifespan, and be easier on the records themselves.

Collecting the proper amp, pre-amp, speakers, and turntable itself are certainly taking a front seat to all of this. It's just been so long since I've been in the audio game that it feels like I have learn it all over again.

Delayed Edit: My cousin has this Denon amp that he is willing to throw my direction. Everything I read about it though talks about the home theater aspects. Thoughts?

u/TheSavs · 1 pointr/vinyl

I need help...(scroll down for TL:DR) My turntable needs to get louder and have more low end. My receiver is usually blaring when gaming or watching TV at "-10 db" however when I play my turn table at the same setting it is quieter. Not silent or really low mind you, but not quite as loud. When I turn up my receiver higher to compensate it will eventually go into protection mode and turn itself off (no bueno, I know).

Here is my setup:

Turntable: Technics SL-1300
Cartridge: Shure M97xE
Receiver: Denon AVR-391
Pre-Amp: Behringer PP400


Front Bookshelf Speakers: Panasonic SP-BS22-LR
Rear Speakers: Polk TL1
Center Speaker: Polk TL1 Center
Woofer: Pioneer SW-8MK

So, as you can see, for speakers I have a 5.1 speaker set up. I can run my turntable in Pro Logic, Multi-Channel Stereo, Stereo, Direct (whatever that means), Virtual, and DTS Neo. I am not really sure what would be best but I would like to use a setting that also uses my subwoofer as it is it's own powered speaker. Is that ok for the receiver to split it into Pro Logic or something else from the analog signal or not? As far as my connection I have the RCA cord coming from my pre-amp and connected to my "Dock" RCA input which is 1 of 3 RCA inputs on my receiver (Dock, Sat, DVD). Also my turntable is grounded to my preamp.

I am at a loss of what to do as it's never quite loud enough for my liking. I don't need it to be breaking windows but I would like to be able to rock out once and awhile.

TL:DR I guess what I'm asking is what setting should my Receiver be on and would a new pre-amp increase my volume?

u/glorious_bastard · 1 pointr/vinyl

He's in luck the Shure actually on sale, which puts it ahead of the 2M for that reason alone:

u/poomonkey405 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I just got this in on my new Ebay Turntable. I am new to the nice records world having just upgraded from an ION USB. Is this a decent cart that I should just replace the stylus on, or should I go for the whole shebang new cart and all?

Or should I just go with this one?

I have figured out it is an Audio-Technica cart. Not sure of the model, but any opinions would be helpful.

u/yellow_defender · 1 pointr/vinyl

My first setup was a Luxman PX-99 which was cheap (I paid $40 on CL) direct drive, and bulletproof. It was solid for what I needed it to do. As others have said here, be prepared to shell out a little $$ for a nice cartridge if you want to get serious. I recommend the Shure M97xE as a good place to start. If you have the dough, check out the Music Hall and Pro-Ject tables, and in my opinion, you'll be hard pressed to find a turntable more solid than the Technics 1200 series, but be prepared to shell out some coin. Stay away from the new bargain models, such as Crosleys, as you do get what you pay for and you can easily find something much better for the same price on Craigslist or ebay.

u/solomon_pale · 1 pointr/vinyl

The cartridge is gonna be your main upgrade. The actual circuitry in the TT is pretty minimal; the sound quality is mainly controlled by the cartridge your use.

Shure, Audio-Technica, Grado, Denon, Ortofon and others offer a selection of Cartridges for a range of budgets. Amazon is selling the Shure M97xE for about 1/3 of list price right now, so you may want to check that out.

The other things that make a good tt a good tt are not really upgradeable (shock mounting, weight etc). Tonearms can be upgraded, but this is only really worth doing with very high-end equipment.

u/Dandw12786 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Well, that depends. Many people here swear by going used. I'd probably be among them, but after scouring my local Craigslist and pawn & thrift shops in my area, I decided it wasn't worth my time and the money I was dumping on gas everyday and just ordered a brand new one. I'd recommend at least checking out craigslist before jumping to a new table. There is a great guide in the sidebar called "The Cheap Setup Thread". Take a look, it has some GREAT info.

If you want to go new, there are quite a few options:
For bottom of the barrel in price and functionality, there is the AudioTechnica LP-60. This is pretty bare bones, and not a lot of people recommend it. It's about $90 on Amazon right now, but I've seen it anywhere from $70 to $120.

The pros are: it's cheap, automatic (hit play and the tone arm will lift up and set down on your record), and has a built in preamp, so you can just plug into any receiver or even a pair of computer speakers and go. There's a little bundle with the player, a small t-amp, and pair of halfway decent bookshelf speakers on amazon for $170 under the "Frequently bought together" part of the page.

Cons: A few. I had this for about a month and returned it to Amazon because I was unhappy. It's a halfway decent table, but has no adjustable counterweight and no upgradable parts. It is what it is. If you have a record in fine shape, it'll play it just fine. If your record is a bit scuffed, or maybe pressed a bit off center (as was the case with a couple I had), the sucker will skip and skip to no end. When this happens on a regular table, sometimes you can adjust the counterweight and fix the problem. That's not an option here, if you've got a bad record, you're stuck.

Next level up would be the LP-120 from AudioTechnica. This is what I've got. I upgraded the cartridge right away with the Shure M97xe since the stock cartridge requires a pretty heavy tracking force. This is the next model up from AudioTechnica, and it's miles better, but it's over three times the price if you want to upgrade the cartridge. However, you've got a lot more room to upgrade, adjustable counterweight and anti-skate, and still a built in preamp so you can plug into whatever receiver you have, or again, even just a pair of computer speakers. Still not a lot of love for this guy here, but pretty much everyone here, when pressed, will admit that it's a way better option than the LP60, and will admit that it's not a total waste of money.

The last one I've heard a lot about (but have no experience with) is the Pro-Ject Debut. From what I hear, this sucker is awesome right out of the box, no need to mess with cartridges or anything. I don't think this has a built in preamp (I could be wrong), so you'd need a receiver with a phono input or a separate phono preamp, which you can find on amazon for around $20.

In short, you get more out of a turntable with either more money (when buying new) or more effort (when buying used). Check out the sidebar guides and search /r/vinyl for previous discussions, as mine is by no means an exhaustive list, simply two tables I have experience with and one I've heard great things about.

Enjoy! And by all means, if your Crosley isn't driving you insane, stick with that for awhile and save up/look around and get what you want. Take it from me, if you settle for something less than you want, you'll regret it later.

u/Z3ROGRAV1TYx · 1 pointr/vinyl
  1. Is this compatible with my turntable? Shure M97xE. Looks like a viable option for the price.

  2. I didn't mean stacking mat's.. I meant removing the silicon one, and putting on the Cork mat when playing the 33's. When I then want to play the 45's (Rarely), I put on the stock silicon mat (Swap them out).. So the sensor doesn't detect it as a 33.

  3. How do I determine what I need for my anti-skate. (I didn't see it on the chart, but I may have missed it or gotten confused)

  4. As for markings, all I can see is "Stanton 680EE", on the opposite side I see, "D680". That is all I see.
u/Quinn474 · 1 pointr/vinyl
u/checkerdamic · 1 pointr/vinyl

All cartridges come with 4 wires unless they are a P-Mount or a super cheap cartridge, don't worry about that. If he's obsessed with Shure cartridges go for the Mx97e for about $100. The Shure V15 (numerous models) were good cartridges that were produced for decades (1960s until mid-2000s) so those might be what your father is looking for, but they are no longer made.

u/dalexisflexis · 1 pointr/vinyl

anyone with a Thorens TD166 MKii use the Shure M97xE cartridge? would that fit?

u/franks_futura · 1 pointr/FrankOcean

I got this one

Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge

u/Eagletron · 1 pointr/vinyl

I don't think you got hosed.

You can get a new cartridge, just google what fits. Popular and under $100 new cartridges are [Shure M97xE] ( along with audio technica
You will need to adjust the anti-skating if you put a new cartridge on there, it's easy and the new cart will tell you what to set it too. The TL:dr on anti-skating is it keeps the needle in the very center of the groove.

u/inkmathematics · 1 pointr/vinyl

Pfrancisco, I am new to the Shure M97xE and I purchased this cartridge after reading many reviews claiming this to be the best cartridge available for under a $100. Do you disagree? I will get a different cartridge next time around, but for right now, I'd say the m97xE hits the mark. Check out these reviews:

u/hirschmj · 1 pointr/audiophile

Most good vintage stuff has been mentioned on some audio forum somewhere and discussed by a few folks who owned it in the past or present. If there's no mentions, it's probably worth being lost to history, but a lot of that old stuff has a following. People will say when stuff's crap. I'm using a $50 stylus on an old direct drive Denon turntable my mom gave me. Most turntables that show up on CL are ex-DJ setups but there's quality home stuff that pops up pretty often from kids clearing out their grandparent's and parent's stuff.

u/ghick · 1 pointr/vinyl

I've had problems with Grado cartridges because they are unshielded. They get a hum from the Turntable motor. Don't know why Grado does this.

I like Grado cans, but disappointed with the carts. Moved on to a Shure M97xE

u/MrRobogoat · 1 pointr/audiophile

I have a Technics SL-D2, and I am looking for a cartridge upgrade. Right now it has a 681EEE, an older model too. Should I just grab a new needle for that and call it a day, or would one of these be a better choice?

u/chippewhattha · 1 pointr/vinyl

Seconding what nevermind said about contacting needledoctor. It's only slightly more to replace the whole cartridge with a modern option, like these, all 1/2" standard carts:


Shure M97xE


This will help you get it all lined up easily

And a small screwdriver set, needle-nose pliers, and you're good to go. The two screws on the top of the headshell let you remove the cartridge assembly and adjust its position when you put the new cart on.