Doc's take: The AEA 44CE is simply a huge sounding microphone. It really shows off the low end and adds a hefty amount of body, has a thick and full sounding mid range, with a top that is open and smooth, but you lose unwanted analytic harshness without sounding dull. Natural and inviting, big and bold!
The SR-1A Passive Ribbon mic is not only big and heavy in size, but also sound! It has a very thick and FAT sound with DEEP hefty low end and a ultra creamy top end. The tone on the SR-1A is unique, but overall very warm and organic.