NT2A is a good mike when it works. It was a bit of a shock after all the rave reviews that I read to receive a faulty mike with noise levels going through the roof when the omni switch was in any but the cardioid (centre) position. I had to agree to a refund, because for some technical reason getting the item replaced was not possible. Since the prices had gone up a bit, I ended up losing a few pounds. I guess I was unlucky.