I'm not an audio expert or purist. But to my ears the sound of this mic is clear and articulated. It isn't what I'd call smooth compared to, say, a Neumann U87 or full of bass-heavy warmth like a broadcast mic - seems relatively balanced. However, the build, the inclusion of a good range of accessories, and it's sensitivity and low self-noise make it a very very good value in my opinion. Very pleased with the purchase.