I owned this mic in 1998 for a while and bought one again in 2014. I always thought it was good, plus it allowed investment in Neumann technology, which was otherwise well outside my budget - and still is. However, I find it extremely dark on vox (and instruments) and am certain a mic of this accuracy and calibre shouldn't be. A quick look round shows I'm not the only one but wanted to gauge if there's a potential fault in the signal chain. I record flat with it, and monitor through ADAM A5Xs. Their HF units extend well outside my hearing range, and the mic's response, so there should be no issue there. Yet, I have to routinely introduce 6-12dB of shelf lift from 2K to bring back the HFs of our singer - and I know her voice inside out, with it's hugely dynamic, raspy, reedy quality. What I hear from playback sounds hugely rolled-off by comparison to standing next to her. There's one other factor, a Steinberg UR22 pre-amp. If it was a piece-of-$*^t, I'd understand it, but it's not. Even as budget equipment, I don't believe it's rolling off that much top end. All I can conclude is the 193 is dark. Appreciate any help, and would love to be proved wrong, so I can stop having to fix everything I record!