Hmm I used the 990 to record and I thought it sounded fine actually. And the room I was recording in didn't even have very good acoustics. Sure I had to EQ it but theres nothing wrong with EQ. I personally think that its the acoustics of the room that make the biggest difference. I've gotten so many different sounds out of my 990 based on which room its in. How does your room sound?
Sorry I can't really answer your question though because Im cheap and never shop in that price range.