Pretty close to a desert island mic.
5 stars means "blown away" in this case, especially for the price. Very natural sound. This microphone is very forgiving about placement, and for my tastes, I don't find them "thin" sounding when used for distance. I bought 2, having borrowed a Royer SF-24 a few years ago, and finding it to be the closest thing to a "desert island" mic I had ever heard. I set the 2 up in a Blumlein pair about a foot in front of my guitar, and this is about as close to that magical guitar sound that Gary Paczosa gets with his A-list Nashville players - even with my substandard guitar! Quite simply, it sounded just like my guitar does - a first in all my searching in the last few years. (Not including my experience with the SF-24). Considering that a pair of these is $1800 and not $4200, it will get you about 99.9% there. Best of all, it makes my voice sound like me, and since it is SO responsive to EQ, you can give it the character of a condenser or an SM58 with the right curve. But far and away, to my ears, this works best in a Blumlein pair, much more so than a spaced pair. Scary accurate yet "three-dimensional" stereo imaging in the former configuration.
Being a project studio owner and part-time session engineer, having worked with plenty of great mics - I think if you are a musician looking for a pair of mics to keep you focused on music-creation without worrying about the sound of things, THIS is the one to get. It's been a long time coming, but given the price and the fact that this was specifically designed for the project studio owner, but it's hard to do much better than this without spending 3 times as much for MUCH LESS than a subjective 1/3 improvement in clarity and flattery.