Thanks for the good word and clarification. I do trust my ears, but have also relied on response graphs in order to approximate a neutral starting point for my first couple mics (and monitoring equipment). Finding something flat and natural was more or less to avoid all of the exaggerated budget offerings and have a solid and affordable basis for at least mild corrective EQ. So thank you and the others again for suggesting the CM4.
And yes, I’m familiar with the “unpopular” terms and have no problem using them myself because they can be helpful. I’m also painfully aware that to some people “clarity” and “openness” can sometimes really just mean overt harshness and sibilance (possibly from listening too loud too often), and a legitimately neutral frequency response might be described by others as being “veiled”…reason enough to keep my ears trained, and listen for myself. I also think checking my ears against a response graph can be a helpful part of that too. At least for monitoring. But as you said, for mics that doesn’t always tell the full story on “resolution”..so I’ll live and continue to learn