Don, first just to let you know, you can hear them both on the microphone placement podcast I did on the BCT site. I like them both for different reasons. 1. The Rode is quieter, but only if you are using phantom power. The cable they give you to connect to the mike when using the 9 volt battery and going into unbalanced inputs such as on the Edirol, the Microtrack, or a minidisk machine, etc., has a strange circumstance that makes the mike actually have more noise. In this setting, or shall I say with this cable, it is actually more noisy than the Audio Technica AT822. 2. I like the stereo separation of the Audio Technica AT822 better because it is at 110 degrees instead of 90 degrees. Thus, things seem to be in a wider stereo spectrum. Well, actually they really are. It's inherent noise is not as quiet as the Rode when used with phantom power, but it is quieter than the Rode when using the unbalanced cable. You can buy an Audio Technica AT825 that works with phantom power, but the noise specs are the same as with the 822. 3. The Rode picks up more noise when hand holding it. In fact, you really can't hand hold it, it makes too much noise in your hand. The Audio Technica will pick up hand noise too, but as the shaft of the mike is a more normal size than the Rode, you can get some quite inexpensive shock mount systems to either hand hold or put on a stand. The diameter of the Rode is larger and not as standard and thus a shock mount will be more expensively. 4. The Audio Technica has a bass roll off switch. The Rode does not. So, did you want the long winded answer after all? Thanks. Neal -----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Don Ball Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 3:52 PM To: BCT Subject: [bct] Road N T 4 versus the A T 822 Neal Which mic do you like the best the road n t 4 or the a t 822. I may buy the better one of these mics.