patfraley wrote:I have a Grado prestige Gold cartridge that needs a new stylus. To replace with another Gold it runs $150. I could put a lower grade Grado stylus (say black) for $50 or more. However, right now you can get a Shure M97XE for $79, which seems like a great deal compared to it's list price of 150+.
I don't have any experience with Shure, but read good things. Any suggestions on which route you would take to get the most bang for your buck??
I own both cartridges.
I find the Gold1 to be boring. I can't say that it does anything very wrong, but it certainly doesn't do anything that allows it to distinguish itself either. Certainly not for my tastes in music or my sound preferences. I'd never buy another one. I haven't used mine in a couple of years.
The M97xE is the better of the two, even at less than half the price. It sounds like a Shure, and there's nothing wrong with that. You want to improve it, just replace the stylus with an SAS. It's hard to beat, especially at the sale prices you can find on the 'net. I keep mine handy, for use as a spare.
VPI Traveler V1 w/modded tonearm, ZuAudio DL-103 II grade 2, Auditorium 23 SUT, Thorens TD160/Denon DL-103r, Denon AU-300 LC SUT, EAR 834P MM phono stage, Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum (KT120's) integrated, Jolida JD100A tube CD player, Audio Note 2.1B DAC, Tekton Design M-Lore towers.