Shure M44-7

Diamond Stylus Tip DJ Record Cartridge with High Skip Resistance and 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Range
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M44-7 DJ Record Needle for Club/Party, Scratch/Mix/Spin

Revived exactly the same as the original, this legendary battle needle offers ultra-high skip resistance and ultra-high output. The needle of choice for many champion DJs worldwide, including The former Invisibl Skratch Piklz, X-ecutioners, and The World Famous Beat Junkies.

Engineered for scratch DJ's and turntablists, the M44-7 is designed not to skip under even the most demanding circumstances.

Shure M44-7 Features:
  • Skip Resistance: very high
  • Output: high
  • Record Wear: Very low
  • Sound Emphasis: Detailed bass and lows
  • Tracking Force Effective at stylus tip Range: 0.75 to 1.5 grams
  • Stylus: Cantilever Shure Type S, heat-treated aluminum alloy / tubular
  • 1.6 mil wall thickness / 34.5 mil diameter
  • Diamond Stylus Tip
  • Polished natural gemstone: Spherical
  • Frequency Response: Essentially flat from 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Stereo Channel Balance within 2 dB
  • Channel Separation: Typical at 1 kHz: 20 dB
  • Net Weight
  • 6.7 grams
  • Height
  • 15.9 mm
  • Accessories Included:
    - Attached flip-down Stylus Guard
    - Headshell Screwdriver (Phillips)
    - Extra Set of 4 Headshell Wires (4-99)
    - Stylus Cleaning Brush
    - Headshell Weight (3 grams)
    - User Guide
    - Mounting hardware
    - Stylus guard
The Shure M44G is a versatile performance needle, great for both intensive scratching and mixing.

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number M44-7

Customer Reviews

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Best bang for your dollar!

This is an all-around great cartridge. Not only is it good for scratching, but cueing, and overall sound quality puts these at the tip top of my list of favorite DJ cartridges. With the proper care, these will last you a very long time, and replacement needles are reasonably priced. I could say more, but that is all you really need to know. Will probably not buy any other in the future.
Music background: DJ, Artist, Recording Engineer

Shure M44-7 rocks

once i put these bad boys on and hit start,i could tell the difference right away.using DVS i know that needles really don't make that much of a difference when compared to reg vinyl,but the sound is great and the tracking even skipping or jumping around when scratching.and clear signals in my Traktor Pro 2 thing is once you get the cartridges,the replacement styli knocks the price in half!!
Music background: old tyme hobbyist

Shure! It's sure worth it.

The overall performance is so much more than expected. Hearing is believing.
Music background: Hobbyist

Great, Sound - Appreciable Difference!

It's always difficult to write an objective review for something as objective as gear and sound, but this needle makes a huge impression. There is definitely an appreciable difference to the clarity of sound you get with the M44. I use it for production purposes, and I can notice a clear difference when I've made a beat with older samples culled using an older needle mixed with newer samples culled with this needle. I'd highly recommend for anyone looking for a simple and inexpensive means to upgrade your sound quality and production values if you're doing Hip-Hop or sample-based production. I didn't give it a 5 rating because it was admittedly difficult to actually install this. I broke one of the wires because it was far too tight and would not fit the connectors. Luckily, I had older wires that fit. Other than that, great product.
Music background: Sample Based Production

Shure sounds good!

I received the M44-7 cartridge today and unpackaged it and began to install it into the headshell of my 1977 PROJECT/one DR-V turntable. I decided to use the wires that were included with the cartridge. I quickly discovered that the barrel ends of the wires are triangular in shape (not round) so I had great difficulty getting them to slip unto the headshell pins- two of the connectors broke. I had to resort to using some of the old wires that I already had. That really is my only complaint here. Once I aligned the cartridge with my trusty "Stephenson" protractor, set my tracking weight, and checked tonearm height, I was ready for it's first spin. Knowing that this is a "bass-heavy" cart I decided to put my 12" single of Yes' "Leave It" (remix) on for the test spin. WOW! Big, defined, bass! Tons of output and the highs sound quite good, too. This will even sound better after it breaks-in. So, I conclude that this is a great cartridge and it tracks well and is forgiving with vinyl that is old and worn. Pops and clicks are much quieter with this cart since it is a conical stylus (not elliptical). I am very happy with this purchase- Sweetwater is the best!
Music background: Live sound engineer, Active gigging bassist v

Sweetwater Advice

Mike Harris

The Shure M44-7 has been my first-choice turntable cartridge for 15 years. These things stay in the groove like nothing else. If you're a battle DJ and you aren't using these, you're missing out!

Austin Moss

The industry standard from mixing to scratching. Cheap needles for your wheels of steel are like hubcaps for your Hummer! Get these needles!
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