Ham radio microphones are divided into two arenas, high quality sound or 'punchy' midrange. The Heil microphones used by many hams produce both sounds being punchy in the midrange or smooth (flat response) depending upon the model, but are expensive. If you want studio quality sound with a fairly flat response look no further than the Behringer XM8500. Many hams wanting a smooth and flat response use a Shure SM-57 or a Shure SM-58 microphone at $75 and $90. The Shure are considered entry level quality microphones. Others use much more expensive studio quality microphones. The Belringer XM8500 costs $20 and sounds as good as the Shure SM-57 & SM-58. Some report sounds even better with the slight midrange 'hump' that produces a nice crisp midrange. On the receive end the sound difference in-between the Shure and Behringer microphones really cannot be heard in any detail. Bottom line is the almost miraculous for $20 Behringer XM8500 is an incredible performer for the money. The XM8500 sound quality will immediately be heard vs any hand microphone.