I've used a lot of kick mics, and had grown tired and less satisfied with my last one, a D112. I knew the 52A would be an improvement, and it definitely is. I'm mainly using it for live use, and like the feedback rejection (while using serious new subs nearby). It has a fat, round sound without being too restrained. You can get a good click when needed, and overall it has a nice tightness to it. Kick mics are really a taste thing, and so subjective depending on application. But the 52A has the versatility those of us that can only have one kick mic in our locker need. It can have a more refined, detailed sound recording a well-tuned drum, or thump out fatness for a live rock band.