Sennheiser e609 by Loon
Though it is difficult to beat an SM57, Sennheiser really fell flat with this mic. Sennheiser's e609 is in the same price range as an SM57 and yet, in my opinion, there is a huge gap in sound. A SM57 sounds clearer, fuller, and much more detailed. No matter what the source I have found the the e609 to be crushed by it's competitor.
When micing a guitar cab, the e609 has too much fizz and hiss which is, in some cases, unusable or will take hours to get to fit in a mix. And though there is fizz, the tone is not clearer.
On snare, the sound is simply bad. I can get a better sound out of my snare using a cheap, low end CAD mic. No matter, top or bottom, the sound can be very easily beaten.
The mic works on toms, but still there is much left to be desired from this mic.
On top of its relatively poor sound quality, it is also difficult to place around the kit because of its "flat-profile capsule". If you are recording a tightly arranged drum kit with cymbals very close to the toms it is hard to position the mic so that it doesn't get bumped by the moving cymbals. Of course, I'm not saying it is impossible to place the mic, just rather inconvenient.
In conclusion, although this is a budget mic, it can still be beaten by other, even cheaper mics in its price range. If you are considering purchasing this microphone, I would suggest looking for alternatives. This mic is flawed sonically and physically compared to other mics.