For years we were using a Sony ECM-672 however toward the end of 2018 we started to look at what else was out there. Naturally when you want to upgrade you need to do your research first, and of all the microphones that we looked into and all the sound recordists or videos producers out there that we talked to, the NGT-2 was the most highly recommended by far. The NGT-2 was recommended higher than the NGT-3, as there were many stories of faults with these microphones (a shame for their price tag). So we recently purchased a NGT-2 here at VideoGuys. Right away we could hear the difference. The Sony ECM-672 (even on low cut) gives out quite a defined hiss, however when we plugged in the NGT-2 this hiss virtually disappeared. The quality is very clean an rich, and that's just how it sounds through the headphones on location. We're confident that this microphone will be one of the best investments we have made in 2019 and the best thing is the unit is quite reasonably priced too! SO you get quite a lot for what you pay for - a true testament to Rode.