Will my new stylus play 78 RPM records?
The vinyl records that exist nowadays are not the same as the vintage records from the 1900’s. The material used for the record are different and the old records play at a speed of 78 RPM. You might think it is not a big problem using your “new” stylus or cartridge on an old record, but you may be disappointed with the sound quality. The groove of a 78 RPM record is about 3 to 4 times wider than the groove of a modern 33 1/3 RPM record. This means the modern stylus tip will touch the bottom of the 78 RPM groove, but not the groove side walls. And it is the side wall that contains the optimal signal. So if you want to give that old record a spin, you will need a stylus tip that is also 3 to 4 times wider than the modern day stylus tip.
Where can I find a cartridge that will work with 78 RPM Records?
You don’t have to look too far to find what you need. The Shure M78S cartridge is designed to play 78 RPM records. The M78S is equipped with a stylus tip that suits vintage records and you can also connect it to a vintage hi-fi system by removing the output terminal jumpers. The replacement needle or stylus for the M78S cartridge is the N78S.
Where to buy the M78S Cartridge?
Locate an authorised Shure Dealer with our dealer locator: