There really isn't much of a contest for vocal performance microphones as far as I can see. With the combination of price, performance, design and capability, there's practically no other mic I'd suggest for vocalists, beginner or otherwise. The shock-mounted capsule protects the microphone from unwanted noise wonderfully in PA, its large diaphragm offers for a rich, warm frequency, it cuts through the mix cleanly and clearly with a well-rounded sound. For the cost this thing goes for, there's almost no reason why you shouldn't go for this thing! What're you doing? Get it now! This is a Sam Ash employee review.