What is it? A 'pencil' condenser microphone designed for use with a range of acoustic instruments, choirs and any application requiring a small diaphragm condenser microphone - either individually or as a stereo array. Details Said to be inspired by the existing NT5 model, the new M5 features a ½" cardioid electret condenser capsule and is available in acoustically-matched pairs. The permanently-polarised condenser design exhibits low noise and offers a full 20Hz - 20kHz frequency response for both live performance and studio recording applications. Maximum SPL is quoted as 140dB with equivalent noise level at 19dB-A. As a matched pair, the microphones are said to be carefully selected to ensure a variation of no more than 1dB sensitivity between the two (a premium foiled certificate is supplied to verify the authenticity of the pair). And another thing... The M5 is finished with RØDE's proprietary ceramic coating which offers a matt black finish and is supplied with WS5 windshields and RM5 stand mounts.