A lower cost stereo microphone alternative
I ran a quick test of this mic in a voice-over situation.
It’s not a world beater, but for someone starting out in recording, and especially those who travel and find space for goodies is at a premium, this might do the job.
Although this photo from Tascam has the mic in a pretty vertical orientation, you can see the small diameter weighted base. It actually works pretty well. You can adjust the stereo pickup of the mic between 90 and 120 degrees and teamed with a good digital recorder you could cover a fair amount of recording. Circuit noise is noticeable in quiet situations, so this isn’t the mic you’d want for environmental recordings.