Microphone itself comes in a really nice metal box which protects it from outer world (including falling on the ground; haven't tested that yet:)) You get an original grey Shure holder which is nothing special, but it fits perfectly to this microphone, sometimes even too tight. It requires a phantom power to operate. I was a bit skeptic at the first sight, ok, I have a new mic, it looks nice, have a really nice box,…but would it do the job it was bought for…at first I had set a volume as others on mixing table as I had microphone in Hyper-cardioid mode (we are trying to get to the point where we have volume/gain set just under feedback); btw, others are using SM58 and Beta 58A which are really good microphones in my opinion…and I could feel the difference at the first tone..more defined, easier to pronounce spoken words, you could almost speak, not sing a song…singing became easier…and then the magic happened? I wanted to know how much this feature »almost no feedback« is true. I asked my band buddy if he could raise volume of my microphone till it will feedback and the volume was very high before this happened (we have a small rehearsal place). It is easier to sing at that volumes (believe me, other won’t let you be at that higher volumes comparing to them?) I can not more than recommend this microphone as it is almost incomparable to others microphones, which are largely used in bands. We are playing loud and I mean playing really loud at our rehearsal place and I can sing through all the instruments w/o a problem. I’m not using wide cardioid mode a lot, if I’m alone or if I record just singing, other than that, it just picks up all the sounds in the same room and that doesn’t suits my needs. Just try this microphone and you will never look back.