Conclusion: I absolutely love this microphone. I initially bought the product for its design and price. Its black and matches the rest of my home studio. I'm actually very picky with the way all my equipment looks. Its also constructed of all metal. It has survived a few drops and still looks perfect. Now onto sound quality. It does require +48v of phantom power which both my mixer and my portable Zoom H4n had so this was not a problem for me. The audio quality is pretty solid.
Excerpt: Other mics are C214's which we use all the time for vocals recording. I wanted a large diaphram for some voice over work and I needed to reduce background noise. For comparison on Voice Over, I still prefer small diaphram but I did not want to spend another $600 for another Audio-Technica AT4053b. This mike takes high SPL well and is a good buy. So five stars for Price/Value/Quality. The reality is that with mics, it is all in the preamps.
Excerpt: I was looking for a microphone to record audio for product overviews and tutorials. I'm not an audio expert, so I was looking for a microphone that seemed to have the basic features. The AT2020USB worked out to be perfect for my needs. Well built and easy to use (even though it did take me a couple of tries to figure out how to use the headphones for playback through the mic). Sound quality is very good for the price range. Stand is ok for quick recording sessions.
Pros: Easy to use, Good sound quality, Good value for money, Worked out of the box