So...I was looking for a few switchable pattern LDC microphones that weren't insanely expensive. Given the price, I had my reservations that it would actually be useful and perform well. I also figured that if it was sub-par, I could always return it, or simply use it for non-critical use.
I'm really, really pleased with both the fidelity and features of this microphone. No, it's not a U87, but then again...the price...
If you look at the stated specifications, they are actually remarkably good. To be fair, I have heard some people knock this because of its somewhat 'bright' sound, and this is pretty accurate. However, if the brightness is not to your liking (it varies, logically enough based on the polar pattern chosen), judicious EQ can remedy that - especially if you have some of the more capable plug-ins for your DAW. An added benefit of this approach is that can lower the noise level a bit (around 2- 2.5 dB) by applying the correction.
Would I like perfectly flat response? Of course, however at this price, you simply cannot go wrong.
Having two of these opens up a lot of possibilities for very little 'cabbage'. You can implement M-S (again, due to switchable patterns) or a Blumlien approach (using the velocity (180 degree)) settings, as well as use them as omni's, or a M-S using an omni pattern for the 'M' mic if that's more to your liking.
What's the down-side? You may get disapproving looks from people who might see this choice as akin to being a poser; it sure looks similar to a U87 (again...I know, it's not), and it is after all, a Behringer mic, and in some studios / with some clientele, that could very well be an issue (not having better-established or top-shelf gear is seen by some as an indicator that your studio or gear selections and judgment are suspect), so be prepared to deal with that.
Still, the proverbial proof is in the pudding...and I would argue that used properly (like any mic), and placed judiciously, this mic will deliver surprisingly good results.
In closing, I have to say that I own and use some Neumann gear, and I deeply respect and admire their quality and lineage in their products. However, I truly believe that if you want a mic that delivers really good sound at a very low price point (and is very flexible), you should consider this mic. I know I'll probably take some heat for this, but I'm cool with that.