I have a client that bought this microphone and uses it in my studio. It is an exceptional mic. We matched his vocal recorded against AKG 414 XLS, AKG 414 XLII, AEA N22 and this mic. All of the mics sounded great on his vocal (he's a great vocalist), but this mic had a perfect balance for his vocal and a perfect amount of warmth that still allowed his vocal to have great clarity, yet sound full. In my opinion, I couldn't imagine a better microphone for his vocal. The output of this microphone is a lot higher than the 414's due to the new technology they are using. I used a Vintech 473 as the preamp and found myself keeping the gain at the absolute lowest setting (output turned all the way up as recommended by Vintech) to catch the right output. Perhaps a -10 db pad on this microphone would have been nice, but overall, I LOVE this mic and I would say it is definitely worth the cost. I wish I owned it so that I could try it out on even more vocalists and other sources.