"A Great All Around Mic."
I was looking for a completely neutral sounding mic - one that neither added to or subtracted from the sound of whatever I was recording. I saw a graphic with the brightest, darkest, most colored, and most uncolored mics which had the M179 right at the most neutral point on the graph. I decided to try it.
This mic sounds about as neutral as any mic I've ever used. (I've used a lot of world class mics too.) It handles vocals with aplomb, as it does guitars and hand percussion. For the measely $200 bills, it offers clear, clean sound, and it looks kinda cool. It can handle a wide dynamic range with ease.
The mic comes with a basic ring mount that seems to be sturdy enough.
I like the variable polar patterns, which afford the mic a wide range of applications. This baby can resolve frequencies down to about 10 Hz so a shock mount, which the mic does not come with, will be of utmost importance in eliminating all the sub sonic garbage, of course along with the low pass filter that the mic comes with.
This mic is built like a tank. I don't think I would deign to use it on the road, only because it doesn't look particularly like a road mic. All the features worked as I expected them to. A solid bargain.
I haven't needed to even call CAD, and I don't expect to have to.
I believe this mic could sell for twice the price and still be a great value as it is such a good mic.
The Wow Factor:
It's not the sexiest looking mic out there, but what does sex appeal add to a mic's sound anyway. I chose it because of it's specs and reviews by other professionals.
I don't see where this mic will ever outgrow it's usefulness. It is just a great all around mic. It meets all my recording needs for neutral sound capture. I looked at a bunch of other mics in it's price range and although I already own a AKG C3000 (the original one,) a Studio Projects C1 and several other condensers of note, this mic filled a 'hole' in my mic cabinet.