Shure M75E phono cartridge Specifications

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Description: Moving-magnet phono cartridge with an elliptical stylus. Stylus radii: 0.2 mil by 0.7 mil. Frequency range: 20Hz–20k Hz. Output: 5.7mV. Separation: >25dB at 1kHz. Recommended load: 47k ohms. Inductance: 720 mH. Recommended tracking force: ¾ to 1½ gm.
Weight: 6 gm.
Price: $39 (1968); no longer available (2017).
Manufacturer: Shure Bros. Inc., Evanston, IL 60204 (1968). Shure Inc., 5800 W. Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL 60714-4608. Tel: (800) 257-4873, (847) 600-2000. Fax: (847) 600-1212. Web:


Vade Forrester's picture

I remember buying a Shure M75E cartridge based on this review. The cartridge was poorly built and its performance quite disappointing. Wasn't around long.

Vade Forrester
Reviewer, SoundStage! Network and The Absolute Sound
My words=my thoughts.

monetschemist's picture

Mr. Atkinson, my Shure cartridge experience started a few years after yours; my first "decent" cartridge was an M91ED, mounted on a Garrard Zero 100. A couple of years later that was replaced with a V-15III with (thanks to a smooth-talking salesman) a conical stylus, mounted at first on a Grace 707-II, then an Infinity Black Widow, then back to the Grace. Then I moved on from Shure to a Coral MC cartridge of some sort, then a Fidelity Research FR1-3F... neither the Coral nor especially the FR1-3F were suitable for the Grace arm, but I wasn't informed enough to know that at the time.

Thanks for this! I wish I had known about Stereophile back then. The Absolute Sound and The Audio Critic were the only two magazines easily available in Vancouver at the time ("easily" meant going to the Vancouver Public Library because certainly no newstand carried this esoteric kind of stuff).

jimtavegia's picture

I have owned all of the V-15s at some point in my life and liked them all, but when I sold those older tables the customers wanted the carts and so I sold them. the type V I should have kept.

I now have my old stanton 881S in one table, a Shure M97XE in another (still my favorite for under $100), and an Ortofon OM30, and they all sound good to me and my old ears. I think the Shure M97 is not given enough credit for being a true bargain these days.