N-97xE SAS/B e007498
Manufacturer : SHURE
Super Analog Stylus (SAS) Profile Tip
The tip of the is carefully chosen from single-crystal natural diamonds. The laser-cut diamond closely resembles that of the cutting stylus used on a cutting lathe to produce the acetate master disks used in vinyl production. This allows the SAS tip to reach into the deepest recesses of the record groove in order to retrieve details which were previously inaccessible to other stylus profiles. Due to its wide contact area with the groove wall, the SAS can reproduce a more expansive bandwidth of information with higher fidelity.
is one of the most suitable materials for cantilevers. its density is low, Young’s modulus is large, and the speed of sound propagation is approximately 2.6 times faster than that of aluminum. Due to the characteristics above, boron cantilever can more precisely trace the information contained in the record grooves than aluminum cantilever.
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Jim from Schaumburg –
I have always been a fan of Shure phono cartridges since the 1970s. My cartridge of choice for many years was the M91E. When Shure discontinued that cartridge I experimented with many other brands. Eventually I landed back with Shure and the M97XE. I found the cartridge to be well rounded with great tracking ability. When Shure stopped making this cartridge I purchased a replacement stylus for one of the two cartridges I had on hand. It was OK but nothing special. I wanted something better. I purchased a $460 cartridge however could not get it to fit my turntable properly. So instead I searched for a new stylus.
After reading many many reviews I eventually landed on the JICO N-97xE SAS/B. When the stylus arrived I immediately started warming up the tubes and installed the stylus, verifying alignment and tracking force. I then slipped Patricia Barber’s Companion album on to the turntable.
The album opens with the deep rich sounds of an acoustic bass which sounded like it was in the same room with me. This was then followed up rather quickly by Patricia’s vocals. What I immediately noticed was how the bass and the vocals were, the best I can describe it is, separated, or might I say live. It was as if each was being played on its own separate track through its own system. I have since played many different genres from classical to big band to soft and hard rock. The brilliant highs are a bit more crisp than the original stylus from Shure, I reminisce to the M91E, and the lows carry a deep sultry bass. At the same time, and I am going to say it again, it is the separation of the sounds of each instrument and voice that strikes me the most. Nothing gets lost in the background of the overall orchestration. I am hearing things that I never heard in the past. None of the highs get buried by the lows. The mids are crystal clear and unique from the overall sound. Bottom line: WOW!
Wow! Never expected it to be this good! Like a vale is lifted, so much clearer. I was not using the cart anymore, because it sounded too muffled in my opinion, but with this stylus it’s like owning a new cart.