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I have a Shure M95ED cartridge, probably over 25 years old, but used little.

It is mounted in a JVC L-F41 turntable, also ten or twenty years old.


Also have a large collection of 40-50 year-old LPs, primarily classical.


I haven't listened to my LPs in many years, and am considering transferring them to digital.


Today I tried my system on one of my less-precious LPs, and it sounded fine.

I heard no evidence of mistracking, etc.


Is there any simple way (better than my listening test) to determine whether the cartridge compliance is still reasonable? I don't want to damage my LPs, and do want good digital copies, if I go to all the trouble.


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If I buy a new cartridge, I need advice. Back when I bought my M95ED it was highly praised.


I'm not up to date on current cartridges.


So, for chiefly classical music, and probably in the $100-$200 range, is the Shure M97XE the best choice? If not, which ones are better?


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Consider also the AT440.
 

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Originally Posted by jbquick /forum/post/15469396


Needledoctor wants $90 for the M97XE.


J&R has it for $70.


Is there some good reason to pay more?


And is there anything better for classical music, for comparable prices?


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jbq

Not at all , needledoctor is just a good baseline,although the service from needledoctor is VERY good
 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by jbquick /forum/post/15469396


Needledoctor wants $90 for the M97XE.


J&R has it for $70.


Is there some good reason to pay more?


And is there anything better for classical music, for comparable prices?


Thanks


jbq

The AT110E actually sounds great with classical music. It's a budget cartridge in a lot of ways otherwise, but a prime performer with classical IMO.
 
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