I long wondered why the X/Y mics on my Zoom Recorders seem to get such a Great sound when recording my double bass. The mics themselves can't be that 'high-end' since the whole recorder only costs about $400. It finally dawned on me that (DUH) I was comparing a STEREO recording (from the X/Y onboard mics) to a MONO recording of all the other mics I have used or tried. The Stereo recording feels more 'live', like your actually standing there listening to the bass. The Mono recording, even if the 'sound' or tone is very good, just feels kind of flat by comparison. I did some recordings in my studio today comparing several examples of Stereo VS Mono recording. It will take me a little while to get the recordings 'mixed' but as soon as I do I will post them here for y'all to compare.