I have to admit, I was a little reluctant spending this much money on a stylus only to find out that it really didn't improve the sound as much as I was hoping it would. Wow! Was I surprised. This stylus is worth every dollar I spent on it and I would say it's the best investment to improve the sound of your turntable and the vinyl you play. It gave new life to my old records and lately I've been listening to a lot more of them just to see what I can hear that I wasn't able to hear before. The original stylus was pretty flat and didn't have as much hi-end as this one does. It was very easy to install and no modifications to my Shure M97xE cartridge were needed. Just re-adjust the tracking weight and you are ready to go. I think I played about five albums before the stylus brakes in and then everything sounds perfect. If you're looking for top audiophile sound and not wanting to spend more than $300, this is the stylus to buy. Thanks LP Tunes for setting me up with this.