Summary: Cleanest SDCs you can get at this price range and are indispensable as overheads, on acoustic guitars and winded instruments. The beginner and professional audio engineer needs a pair of these. I have never found such good overhead tones with any other mic pair than I have found with these in the first five minutes of use. Get a pair.
Summary: i use my NT5's only for field work. don't fool yourself. yes, you can get a matched pair for ~430 USD, but you're not getting what you really need, which is probably the Neumann KM184's or better. buy these for stereo field recoding, ok. but in the studio, they are tinny in the highs and flat in the mids. they don't cost much, but if your studio work is important, spend enough to get real mics.
Summary: I bought this Rode NT5 SDC mic mainly based on many favorable reviews and on my personal experience with the Rode NT3. I have had no opportunity yet to put it through any serious testing. My inicial impressions, based mainly on classical nylon string guitar recordings, have been quite positive.
Summary: I use these mics for recording pipe-organ, choirs and piano and all sound great with the right positioning. The sound seems fairly uncoloured, perhaps on the brighter side. In combination with other microphones I have been getting some really well rounded results. For the price, these really seem to be a great quality product.