I just finished a comparison using my voice, which is a gravelly baritone. I've read much inconsistent reviews on the RODE Classic II so I had to find out for myself . I stacked it against a new Neumann U87ai which I love BTW. I used three of my Favourite Preamps Great River MP 2NV, Millennia M-2b , Presonus ADL 600. The RODE Classic II is lush and wonderful. It is a killer mic for VO to rich Rap/Soul ,Blues/Rock vocals to name a few. Wow, I love this thing. For $2000.00 is a great deal. All three amps produced excellent results. The GR and Millennia being exceptional.