Features

  • Very low mass
  • Heat-treated cantilever
  • Dynamic Stabilizer damper/de-staticizer
  • Sideguard Stylus Protection System

Dynamic Stabilizer and De-Staticizer

The M97xE's exclusive viscous-damped Dynamic Stabilizer 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 can be locked into its up position, which can improve sound quality under ideal playing conditions.

Over 10,000 conductive fibers in the stabilizer brush neutralize static charges on the record surface and conduct them to the ground. Additionally, the fibers sweep the record groove clean of dust and dirt in front of the stylus tip. The Stabilizer also absorbs impact to prevent record or stylus damage if the arm is accidentally dropped on a record.

Side Guard Stylus Protection System

This innovative protection system helps limit stylus damage if the cartridge accidentally slides across a record. This unique feature responds to side thrusts on the the stylus by momentarily forcing the stylus cantilever and tip upward so that the cantilever does not bend sideways.

Cartridge Installation

  1. Carefully remove the stylus from the cartridge.
  2. Connect the wires from the headshell to the pins on the cartridge. Use the following table for the correct connections.

    Note: To prevent "ground loops" and hum, do not make common (ground) connections at these terminals.

  3. Mount cartridge in the headshell and replace stylus. Do not force.

    Note: Thread screws up from the bottom to provide maximum record clearance.

  4. Use the following table to set the proper tonearm tracking force. Adjust the tonearm setting to compensate for the Dynamic Stabilizer brush, which absorbs 0.5 grams of tracking force when engaged.
  5. Make the following final adjustments. Consult your turntable instructions.

    Cartridge Overhang: If adjustable.

    Anti-Skate: If this adjustment is not specified in your turntable instructions, use the same setting as for tracking force.

    Tonearm Height: If adjustable.

RG Green Right (Ground)
L White Left (Hot)
R Red Right (Hot)
LG Blue Left (Ground)
Desired Tracking Force Tonearm Setting
Dynamic Stabilizer Down (engaged) Dynamic Stabilizer Up (stowed)
Optimum 1.25 g 1.75 g 1.25 g
Maximum 1.5 g 2.0 g 1.5 g
Minimum 0.75 g 1.25 g 0.75 g

Monophonic Playback

For monophonic playback of recordings, the left and right channels should be connected in parallel. This is accomplished most conveniently by setting the function switch on the associated preamplifier to "A + B" or "MONO." If the existing equipment has a single monophonic input, the two channels of the cartridge should be paralleled and connected to this single input.

Cartridge Operation

  1. Make certain cartridge is correctly mounted in tonearm and stylus is properly inserted in cartridge.
  2. Protect stylus with stylus guard when dusting turntable.
  3. Regulate tonearm set-down to prevent stylus from striking edge of turntable or record.
  4. Do not handle tonearm while record is being played. Use cueing device if available.
  5. If manual set-down is necessary, release arm as soon as stylus engages groove.
  6. Do not activate arm without record(s) on turntable.
  7. Do not use damaged records.
  8. Check tracking force and anti-skate adjustments periodically. The Shure SFG-2 Tracking Force Gauge, available through your Shure dealer, provides a simple way to accurately set tracking force.

Stylus Cleaning

Use the supplied brush to clean the stylus and dynamic stabilizer. Brush only from back to front, as shown. Do not use liquids on the stabilizer brush. Use alcohol or an alcohol-distilled water solution to clean the stylus. Commercial cleaning solutions may damage the stylus.

Stylus Removal and Replacement

Mounting Cartridge in Headshell

Dynamic Stabilizer Brush

Stylus Cleaning

Specifications

Replacement Stylus

N97xE

Stabilizer Color

Blue

Stereo Output

1 kHz at 5 cm/s peak recorded velocity

4.0 mV

Frequency Response

20 to 22,000 Hz

Trackability (Peak Velocity)

at 1.25 g tracking force

400 Hz 30 cm/s
1 kHz 44 cm/s
10 kHz 31 cm/s

Stylus Tip

Elliptical, Natural Diamond, Polished, radii = 5 x 18 µm

Cartridge Height

15.6 mm

Net Weight

6.6 g

Channel Balance

<2 dB

Channel Separation

at 1 kHz

25 dB

Optimum Load

including tone arm and amplifier input capacitance

47 kΩ, 200 to 300picofarads-per-channel

DC Resistance

1550 Ω

Inductance

650mH

LIMITED WARRANTY

Shure Incorporated (“Shure”) hereby warrants to the original consumer purchaser only that, except as otherwise specified below, this product will be free in normal use of any defects in materials and workmanship for a period of two (2) years from the consumer’s original date of purchase directly from Shure or from a Shure-authorized reseller.

Any rechargeable batteries contained in or packaged with this product are so warranted for a period of one (1) year from the consumer’s original date of purchase. However, rechargeable batteries are consumable and their capacity will be reduced over time based on temperature, amount of time in storage, charging cycles, and other factors; hence reduction in battery capacity does not constitute a defect in material or workmanship.

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