Many people belives that Alex Aiono has a Audio Technica AT2020 atually he doesn't. If you look very closly you can see that it is a USB cable he has on his microphone and that means he has an Audio Technica AT2020USB Your question is: But he doesn't has the same stand as the USB Microphone. Answer: Yes that is true, But he bought a other stand for the microphone The only diffrence on the Audio Technica 2020 and Audio Technica 2020USB is the USB and you don't need a Audio Interface that will save you a hundred dollarsmore
Pop this XLR verision of this baby into a preamp and it sounds pretty smooth for a ~100 dollar mic
Very good on male vocals
That said, it can be fairly hard to mix in without a preamp- and obviously the usb version can't connect to one.
Get the XLR version
The sound quality is what you would expect. Perfect for vocalists laying down scratch tracks, podcasters, etc. I love the built it monitoring. I don't have to break out a separate Audio interface just to use it, the entire mic becomes a USB I/O device. Very clever.