Shure to discontinue record cartridges and needles

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Shure to discontinue record cartridges and needles

Postby MoodyBlue » Wed May 02, 2018 10:01 pm

hi,
I see it, I read it, I still can't believe it.
https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=41657

https://djworx.com/shure-end-phono-line-rip-m44-7/

As Dylan said "The times they are a changing"

sigh

John
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Re: Shure to discontinue record cartridges and needles

Postby Marsbar » Fri May 04, 2018 4:35 pm

We use - Stanton 500-11. just a thought.....as an option.
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Re: Shure to discontinue record cartridges and needles

Postby Sunbeam » Sun May 13, 2018 12:56 am

The writing has been on the wall since Shure discontinued the V15-V series, allegedly due to health and safety concerns over processing beryllium for the stylus cantilevers used in those cartridges. They abandoned their high-end flagship years ago.

Meanwhile, there's lots of options remaining from Audio-Technica, Ortofon, Grado, Sumiko, Stanton, and many others, which can provide excellent performance.

David mentions a Stanton model which is excellent for DJ use-- but DJ and "audiophile" requirements can be quite different: for example, the Stanton is made to withstand "back-cueing", which would destroy many of the "more refined" "audiophile" cartridges in short order.

Anyway, JICO still makes replacement stylii for any Shure cartridge you're likely to own, and are by all accounts, of excellent quality. I still have a Shure V15-IV, awaiting a new JICO SAS stylus (which uses a sapphire cantilever) which should make it better than new, it has always been my favourite.

Another American legend bites the dust.
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