"A decent mic for the money, especially in the "twofer" package."
Very good sound for voice. It tends to pop if you get too close to it. A pop screen takes care of that easily.
I purchased 2 for a radio station long before the presence adapter was offered. I found that leaving off the hyper adapter and just running it in cardioid mode was fine.
Ease of Use:
What can I say? Plug it in, point it in the right direction and get a good sound.
Looks very ruggedly made.
There has been no need to contact AKG as the mics worked out well for over a dozen years.
Very good value for the money.
The Wow Factor:
AKG seems to have changed the color to a silver. I bought them when the color was a dark gray. The color does not affect the sound, however.
I added an AKG C-4500-BBC for DJ use, as it is pretty impervious to breath pops when used close up, and it looks sexy. The 1000's are still used for interviews and things like that.