jason00454 wrote:Oh... I noticed that you use a Shure M97xE with a Jico needle. Would you say the price for the Jico needle is worth the sound upgrade on that cartridge? I use the M97 too.
That's a great question. I bought my Jico needle back when it was $125. For that price I think it's worth it. Now it's $175, they might have just priced me out of a replacement when I need one. I'd be interested in trying maybe a Denon DL-103, which isn't much more than the Jico needle.
But, Stelly at Acoustic Sounds told me that the Shure M97xE is a very good cartridge. He told me about the Jico needle, which I tried and I've been very happy with it. Beyond upgrading from a Pioneer PL-112d turntable to the Rega P3-24, the Jico needle has been the best upgrade I've ever done. I think it takes your listening pleasure to the next level. If I switch back to the original Shure needle it seems very dead, the Jico really opens things up and you get a more detailed listening experience. I would love to compare it to other cartridges and needles but you can't buy them, then return cartridges. I don't feel going to a hifi shop really helps because it's not my equipment and it's not my room.
Rega P3-24 | Groovetracer Reference Sub-Platter | Rega Stock Belt | Shure M97XE w/ Jico Needle | Rega Brio-R | Pioneer SP-FS51-LR Speakers (Andrew Jones)