After much discussion some guys started putting up sample recordings of the mics in shootouts against the Schoeps CMC6 mk4 mics, and I was so impressed I jumped and bought a couple.
No Hype Audio, and they're really just that. Jean Pol was incredibly helpful and responsive, and he got me the mics with shockmounts within a week.
I ran my own shootouts vs the schoeps CMC6/MK4, NT5, and SM81s and came away incredibly impressed. I'll have a more detailed blog post with the shootout later on.
After a few weeks of owning these little things I can certainly say that I don't feel like owning two is enough of them - I want more. I'm lobbying Roger Jönsson, the manufacturer, to put out a hypercardioid and a figure 8 model. :)
They're the exact diameter of an NT5, and have a fairly wide cardioid pattern. Given the size I figured I could mount them in a kind of ORTF setup inside of my Rode blimp and take them on a couple of test runs.
Holding them in your hand, its almost hard to take them seriously, but oh man they deliver on the sonic front.
Mounting is shown here, and the mics fit in this configuration effortlessly.
With everything loaded up I packed the rig into a messenger bag and left the blimp just kind of hanging over the top. It still kind of looks like a pipe bomb up there, but I decided to risk it and jump onto the local commuter DART train for a few rides and other things. I used my ipod earbuds for monitoring and jumped on.
I was able to actually get on the train while rolling and ride from stop to stop with no issues whatsoever. I had a guy ask me for some change, but no one looked twice at the giant rocket launcher I carried around with me, which was very encouraging.
After a few trips up and down I hopped out and got some ins, outs, and bys as well.
The results speak for themselves - excellent detail, great imaging and a way better than "useable" recording of the entire commuter train experience.
Train in/stop/out with annc (standing with the bag slung over my shoulder)
All in all I'm very impressed with the new mics and I'm working hard on a more stealth-like rig in the near future.