I was in at a local dealer today and tried out about eight different vocal mics for my studio. Audio technica, Rode, Shure, Studio projects and CAD. All of the models I tried ranged between $1100 and $1300 Ausbucks list price and to be honest the two mics that stood out as sounding clean and reasonably warm were the ATM3060 and the CAD M9. Out of the two the Audio technica seemed to be a little brighter but not by much. Both mics sounded very nice indeed but I honestly thought the CAD was a touch less coloured. Could the listening environment in the store really make that much difference if you are using nearfields to test? So why is it that nobody really use them? Is it a marketing lapse or Is there a build quality issue? I don't get it, they sound so much smoother and less metalic / farty than the Rode NTK and are right up there with the AT Mics. Even the little GXL 1200 is a great mic for the money ($179.00 Ausbucks ). Please Kurt, try em out and give us an honest opinion, you know what to listen and look for and you have a lot more experience than most of us. I need to know if my ears are playing tricks on me. Could it be that I just have very different taste to other people?