Magic_Physicist wrote: Yeah that is cheap and sounds like it is good after listening to that video review they had at the NeedleDoctor site.
speakerlabfan wrote:The Shure M97xe is a lot of cartridge for 50 or 60 bucks. I have one on Technics direct drive, and it works well for me. Lots of midrange detail - maybe too much but can't be too picky for a solid performer in that price range. I purchased through amazon. Shure is a great US based company and they stand behind their products and warranties in my experience.
Hell when I first got this turntable I was playing it through a pair of SpeakerLab 7's I built hundreds of years ago and at that time was planning on building those Corner Horns a friend had a pair running his top of the line Phase Linear amp and preamp at the time and my first listen was playing the just released Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti double album which I still have (you can tell I rarley let things go)
It was my 17th birthday present.
This was back when I saw Bob Carver at Speakerlab when he was there showing off something......hell that was about 37 years ago so I hardly remember back then
But if one of the Shure's will P mount onto my tone arm I will order it for sure.
I have been CD'ing it so long I forget all of the turntable facts.
I think you'll like the M97xe but make sure that you get good attenuation and balance from both channels on the cartridge. I've read reports of QC issues - they sell so many of these it's inevitable, I think and Shure will cover your costs with a replacement if you get a bad one. Not to mention Amazon if you buy from them - their return policy is outstanding.
Great story about seeing Bob at the Speakerlab store years ago, and the Phase Linears and Speakerlab 7's combination - those were the stuff of dreams back in the day and I remember auditioning speakers in their showroom with a big stack of Phase Linear at the controls.
Phase Linear Andromedas, 2000 II Pre, 5100 II Tuner
Carver Amazings - original and silver, M500t,C-1, C-4000, PM 1.5, M200t
Manley Stingray; Cambridge Audio DacMagic, 640p; Pro-ject Tube Box SE II
McIntosh MC2205, C28
JBL 4430, 4425, 4311B
Rega P5, Benz Micro Wood, Cary/AES AE-3 Preamp