I just did a mic test recording session at the local Tom Lee Music. Mics tested include: Neumann KM184, Neumann TLM 102, Audio-Technica AT4022, Rode NT2-A, and the Rode M5s. An eclectic and broad sampling, to be sure. The Neumanns were at the top, of course, the Rode surprised me for its silky and attractive performance, the AT4022 was okay, and the M5s were disappointing. BUT - the M5s are on sale, and I need a cheap matched pair of pencil cardioids. For the same price I could get a matched set of M-Audio Pulsar IIs. Can anyone give me a comparison of the two sets? Could the Pulsars possibly be weaker than the M5s?