The answer would be no, IMO. I have not heard the M97xE in my own system, but I've owned the Whitelabel, as well as most of the other Shure DJ carts. Very good sounding for DJ-cartridges, but e.g. a Stanton 500 E MkII or Ortofon Super OM10 is better. The Shure M35X cartridge share the same stylus as the Whitelabel, btw, and has about 90% of the performance.