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Old 20th December 2013
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AT4051s are surely superior to SM81s in terms of fidelity / performance. SM81s are still cool and usable, good bang for the buck, they have their own "thing" which I perceive to be a somewhat "low-fi" vibe. Can potentially work just fine on acoustics depending on what you're going for. But for not much more $, the AT4051 gives you superior sonic performance. The correct answer here is, you really would need to audition them all to figure out what YOU prefer. But I think in terms of performance / fidelity per dollar, the AT4051 is hard to beat. If you can only have one, surely the AT4051... IMO anyway.