Disclaimer: I am not affiliated witrh the KEL company nor have I been asked to write anything about their products. Once in a while, a curious product is out there and when people say, this thing is good and I look at the price, I simply have to see for myself. So..without further ado, here is my personal observations so far. Well folks, certain people tell me to "check out" a certain microphone, I listen. Sometimes I do not like to hear it when they say, "Check out XXX microphone, it is only $1700.00"..because if you are like me, you just don't throw around 1700 on a sight unseen sound unheard microphone. You RENT one first. Well, I received a pair of HM-1's today. Really nice build quality, no fancy wood case or plastic snap box, nothing that says "attention whore". This is simply a small diaphram (1/2 inch) condenser FULL RANGE microphone for a cee note each (sans one buck)..shipped. For the price of an SM58, you can have a real, honest to goodness, high performance condenser microphone. As their website states, they sound "different" than the competition. I am going to toss out who "they" are. It is Kelly from KEL. No 200 employees, no slick ads in maggotzines (with apology to some editors I think very highly of) and no Bee ess. You call Kelly, you get your microphones. the trick with these is the slight mid frequency dip employed in its design. The "steel sound" of other condensers in the 150 to 800 (and up) priced range is GONE. The HM-1's sound "rich and expensive" and "taylored" to "ear candy" and that is as simple as I can put it. They are very wide range, 20 to 20K is level with each end. (dip from 1.7K to 3.5K of about 2.5dB but very gradual) Yes, you get plosives if you eat it. They (or each) come with a pop filter of foam (Windscreen to about 5 knots is my guess) and the proper stand adapter with Both the European female adapter and the standard threads for your average mic stands. Cardboard box with foam inserts, a frequency response chart of YOUR microphone and some very helpful tips for the novice recordist. You also need to have phantom power of 48V to "turn it on" so this is your chance to use those phantom switches if you are a dynamic user. Well, I ordered these for the purpose of capturing a female that has the "Taylor Dane" power and that powerful edge that all but WASTES most microphones and turn them into resonance chambers at the most painful frequencies imaginable. So far, I have spoken into one of them (Wow) and put one of them against my clock radio speaker and turn it up (sounded like a big clock radio on playback), put some powerful trombone through it, tried the electric bass using my practice 10 inch speaker and sat it outside to spy on the ladies in the pool next door. What can I say? This thing is full of surprises and sounds "GREAT" to me. It is a specialized microphone for a specialized sound...that sound that is rich, clean, distortion free and lifelike..without the pain. Is this what you been looking for? I will give more insight as to how it handles a POWERFUL female vocalist sometime later this week. I tried many microphones up to and including some pricey ones and I simply had to use pretty major eq to get that "pain and steel" out of her vocals. She slamms a diaphram..way hard..and back her away, it simply gets worse. BTW, no one told me to write this. Kelly did not, this is not an advertisement but a form of public service to those who have been looking at a cheapy priced condenser and simply don't trust anything under 600 bucks. Is it worth that much? Well, I know it is definitly worth the asking price. So far, very nice, very cool. You can check it out at http://www.kelaudio.com I call them as I see them and the "ACID TEST" will commence this week.