The Shure M44-7 is a cartridge that has a high skip resistance and a solid frequency range (20 hz to 20 kHz). The performance of this cartridge was so much better than what I was expecting it to be because of the price. It is very inexpensive and I didn’t expect to get such a great quality cartridge.
This cartridge does a great job on my vinyl, it does not put much wear and tear on my records at all and the sound wise, it really projects those mid and low bass tones very well. This is the perfect cartage to have for a club DJ and scratching with. I have used the M44-7 hundreds of times now and I have gone through many of them because over time they do tend to get wore down. But this needed is great for mixing and scratching and it comes with an extra set of 4 head shell wires and stylus cleaning brush.
This cartridge does come with a manual but being that I have been through so many of these I had no use for the manual. For the first time user the manual could be very helpful because it is easy to understand and explains exactly how to change your cartridges and needles safely and easily.
I have used so many Shure DJ products over the last ten years and they have not sold me anything that I regret. Everything has been built with the best possibly quality and the M44-7 is only 70 bucks but easily feels like it could cost twice that much with the durability and skip resistant feel to it. I also recommend the M44-7h (comes with technics headshell) and even some of the Numark cartridges are also very good. But when it comes to cartridges I tend to want quality and nobody will be the quality for the price that Shure delivers, especially when it comes to DJ gear.
N/A as carts are fairly featurless.. optical stylus means its all good for skratching, but most scratch carts have this.
£35 UK pounds
Sounds good. Not perfect, as these carts are bass heavy, so not a good choice for audiophiles. However, for hiphop/DnB DJs this can be an advantage. These carts pump out the highest sound level out of all the carts on the market, so i believe. They also have a good record wear to skip resistance ratio, in that they will stick to your record grooves, with relatively low record wear.
These Carts will not skip if set up correctly. they are used my the Invisible Skratch Piklz (mix master mike, Qbert and co) aswel as loads of other top turntablists. I dont think you can do any better than these carts if your into scratching. they are built like houses, look like them too! I heard from somewhere that Qbert had been using the same M44-7s for the last 2 years (I assume he's changed the needles a few times!)
I love these carts, I dont think I'll ever change. I love them nearly as much as my 1210's, they were meant to be together. These are some no messin carts, they are brutish in appearance, its like they're saying "gimmi all ya got, just try and break me". I think they look so cool, better than any concords, these carts are dead chunky, they can take any abuse you throw em!
Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: johnh85 ( 8-, 2005)