Thanks again for all your help in picking out a $1k mic. I ended up doing a shootout between a Blueberry and a TLM103, but the Blueberry won out for my purposes. In any case, now is the time to buy better nearfields. I've been obsessing over whether or not to get the JBL LSR 6in or the Adam A7's. I also considered the BM5A's, but I've used them before and I'm pretty sure that their low-end response is a little bit much for my 'compact' room. For my purposes I'm leaning pretty hard towards the JBL's... I saw that they had s/pdif and AES/EBU inputs on the back of them, which I think is neat. I've never needed to use digi-audio i/o on anything before, but I'm wondering what kind of advantages this would provide over a short length of standard balanced Mogami quad. I understand that keeping it digital would keep whatever electrical noise there was in my room out of the audio, which is good... The thing that I don't understand is that it's going to get D/A-ed at some point or another. I understand that my MOTU Traveller's AD/DA isn't anything special, but how good can the D/A be on the LSR's? Worth using AES/EBU or s/pdif? Furthermore, I know the tactical differences between the two formats, i.e., what cables are used, why there is an impedence invovled, etc... and I'm told that AES/EBU is the preferred format to use if you can... that s/pdif is the more 'consumer' of the two. But why is there a difference between something that is essentially ones and zero's, which one should I use, and why? Whew. And if anyone has had a good experience with anything other than LSR's in the $1k range, pipe up.