I splurged for the 2m blue when I bought a new turntable several months ago now. I had been listening to the m97xe, Grado blue and AT95e on older turntables and assumed that the 2m blue would be fabulous in comparison. Objectively it was fabulous, but at least in my set-up (Orbit special, pluto pre, mid-level Pioneer AVR, Focal 726) it also was spare in a way that was always difficult to define. There was more there, lots of detail, highs and lows, but I kept on wondering why I didn't love it. I'm sure part of it was that the Focals I have are bright, and the AVR surely doesn't bring warmth to the sound. Anyway, I switched to the m97xe today and so far I like it better than the 2m blue. I'll probably swap in the LPGear 97vl stylus at some point to see how that does, but I really like the smoothness, the bass, the overall sound is just more appealing to me. My hearing isn't what it used to be, so I suppose I'm not missing the extreme highs that supposedly get rolled off in the Shure cartridge. It also doesn't hurt that the m97xe is extremely affordable, comes with an advanced stylus profile, and there are at least two stylus upgrade paths for it. I know I'm in the minority in preferring a cheaper cartridge to a 2M cartridge, but there it is.