Hi there, The question is quite obvious from the subject of the post: I'm looking to buy my first LDC, and was wondering which of the above was best. It will be used mainly for vocals - male and female - so it will have to be quite versatile. It would be great if I could use it for other sources as well though (acoustic guitar, toms, strings). What are their main differences? Is the NT2a only more expensive because of its switchable polar patterns? It will be going through an ART MPA Gold preamp with upgraded valves/tubes. This is quite transparent sounding, so it works well with many microphones. If anyone has any experience using it with the mentioned mics it would be great for any comments. Thanks!