S500ID Type Shibata Upgrade for Empire 500ID Cartridge
If you prefer an economical solution (moderate downgrade) then please view needle 241-DE below.
You can now select the highly prized Shibata cut diamond tip for this body style. Shibata is the absolute best you can get in this price range. The shibata cut will bring out details you never even imagined existed on the record and clearly bring forth information that is compressed away if you have listened to the same music in mp3 format.
This shibata tipped needle made in Japan will transform any compatible cartridge with a lesser-equipped stylus into a high end playback solution capable of exceptionally faithful, clear and true sound reproduction.
stereo and mono ready - quadraphonic system not required to enjoy the near perfect sound reproduction that shibata tipped needles offer. Shibata needles have maximum contact with the record groove, better than conical, elliptical and hyperelliptical tips. For any type of quadraphonic (4-channel) record playback, be it of the discrete (CD-4) or matrix (SQ) variety, in addition to this quality shibata stylus, the following components of a complete quad system must all be present and in working order:
Original needle color is usually: translucent PURPLE EMPIRE CARTRIDGES 500ID EMPIRE NEEDLES S500ID