Not kidding about the near perfect cardioid pattern. It really is. Fantastic sound from this mic. I picked up one second hand at a great price. Yikes! It has ruined me. All other sub $500 cards are shown up so badly I need more of the SR20's. Transients are so clean, response so even, it really does reveal how much unnecessary hash is picked up by other mics. Rejection to the rear is excellent. Can't understand why they aren't far more popular.