A good thing to keep in mind about the NT5 is that it’s sound is pretty even sounding across the frequency spectrum, with a bit of emphasis on the treble. This enables the sound to be very crisp and clean, if not a tad sibilant at times. It’s nothing to freak out about though.
The M5’s mic clip has a locking lever, unlike the NT5.
The M5 is not quite as hot as the NT5 meaning they aren’t going to become sibilant quite as easily. This also means that the NT5’s have more detail in the treble range.
The NT5’s sound signature is a bit better overall than the M5. The mid-range on the M5 is scooped, meaning they are a bit recessed or not as easily heard as the other frequencies such as the treble or bass.
They are a bit harder to EQ than the NT5’s.
Both have been accused of being sibilant at times.
Neither have any dB pads or roll off switches.
The M5 is much noisier than the NT5. The NT5 has much lower self noise. The exact specs are 16dB compared to 19dB.
The NT5 is a bit warmer sounding than the M5.
I would say that if you’re on a budget, go with the M5. Just know that the sound quality won’t be as good as the NT5 right out of the box. You will have to do some extra EQ’ing to achieve a similar NT5 sound.
If you can stretch your budget a little more, the NT5 is a great pencil condenser with a crystal clear frequency response. Just know that it does have a tendency to become sibilant at times. The noise floor is also pretty darn quiet as well, and won’t require too much EQ.
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