What are the best microphones?

asked by Paul Deac
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    #1NEAT Widget C Desktop USB Microphone

    NEAT Widget C Desktop USB Microphone

    This NEAT Audio Widget C Desktop USB Microphone is a USB microphone with a shock mount and pop filter. It is plug-and-use for both Mac and Windows devices. It has a sample rate of up to 24-bit, 96kHz.

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    Bruce Chapman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I needed a new USB microphone because my current one stopped working for some reason. I went on Amazon and started looking for a replacement. I ended up finding the NEAT Audio Widget C Desktop USB Microphone and purchased it. Turns out it is better than my old microphone. I would definitely buy another one if something ever happens to this one. I also like the design so that is a plus as well."
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    #2Samson Go Mic Direct

    Samson Go Mic Direct

    The Samson Go Mic Direct is a portable USB microphone that is compatible with both Mac and PC devices. It is plug-and-play and comes with a protective case. It has dual 10mm mic capsules and has 16-bit, 44.1kHz resolution.

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    Julie Rose
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Go Mic Direct is very portable. Better for travelling and when you have to pack light. It does have noise cancellation software but probably wouldn't be any better than the built in mic on a Macbook Pro. "
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    #3Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB

    Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB

    The Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB is a cardioid dynamic USB Mic. It has a built-in headphone jack and has a 16-bit, 441.kHz sampling rate. It has a side-address studio condenser microphone with USB output.

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    Lucía Carbajal
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB is a cardioid dynamic USB Mic.. It has Side-Address Studio Condenser Microphone With Usb Output and a built-in mike. The only con is that it records kind of quietly so you may need to crank up your gain a bit. "
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    #4Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone

    Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone

    This Rode NT-USB is a USB condenser microphone that receives ultra-low noise and is compatible with Apple iPad. It has on-mic mix and volume controls. It comes with tripod stand, pop shield, and ring mount.

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    Harini Nair
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microph is a USB condenser microphone that receives ultra-low noise and is compatible with Apple iPad. It has on-mic mix and volume controls."
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    #5Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone

    Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone
    This Blue Snowball iCE Microphone is a USB condenser microphone that can record crystal clear audio for videos. It is plug-and-play to both Mac and PC computers. It is both compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0.
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    Julia Flores
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I love the look of this mic, it is modern but retro looking at the same time, easy plug in and go for mac or pc, at a decent price."
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    #6Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone

    Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone
    This Samson Meteor Mic USB is a studio-level condenser microphone with a 25mm diaphragm and has a 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution. It works with a stereo 1/8" headphone jack and with Apple's camera connection kit.
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    Benjamin Reid
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A really fun mic with good audio reproduction. We made a fun video of me as a 1940s studio announcer giving a newscast. The mic works well as an old style device, and, as stated, has good audio quality."
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    #7ARCHEER Microphone

    ARCHEER Microphone
    This Archeer Microphone is a USB microphone that can be connected using either the 3.5mm audio jack or USB. It has noise reduction tech and a wide frequency response. It can be used for web conferences, podcasts, and recording.
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    Billy Bowman
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "the double options of connection is great. sometimes noise reduction is also useful"
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    #8TONOR Q9

    TONOR Q9

    TONOR Q9 is a microphone offering high-quality sounds with clear, rich and warm recorded sounds. This comes with a complete mic set with a user-friendly design that is compatible with Windows, MacOS, Chrome, and Linux. 

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    Lilian
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "Mic quality was absolutely lovely. I had been using a webcam for my audio, so the in-depth and bass-y volume was very appealing and nice. I reviewed my voice with recordings, as well as my boyfriend listening to it on a call. We both thought the sound was beautiful for the price point."
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    #9Shure PGXD24/SM58-X8

    Shure PGXD24/SM58-X8

    Shure PGXD24/SM58-X8 Wireless Microphones has a 24-bit and 48 kHz digital audio technology making it sound like a wired type. It is ideal to be used in live performances and studio recording. 

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    Yao Duan
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a really nice microphone, I have to admit. Kind of pricey, but you get what you pay for I suppose. Very solid, feels quite firm and like it's not going to just blow away, like it's got proper construction in it. Fantastic sound quality, really top notch. If you don't think it matters, listen to something recorded on this, then that headset you play console games with and you'll hear the difference. Of course, this is overkill for games, but then again, if you want to blow your teammates away just as much as the bad guys, let them hear this smooth puppy giving them your voice."
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    #10KIMAFUN Lavalier Microphone

    KIMAFUN Lavalier Microphone

    KIMAFUN Lavalier Microphone is a lapel microphone that can be used with your smartphones. It is suited for Podcast, interviews, youtube videos, dubbing and other recording purposes because it is cheap but high quality. 

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    Cynthia Bishop
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Good mic to use for online gaming or even vlogging. Great prices for those who starting out."
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    #11Shure BLX24/PG58

    Shure BLX24/PG58

    Shure BLX24/PG58 is a wireless vocal system with PG58 handheld microphone which is powered by two AA batteries and has an adjustable gain control. It also features a QuickScan frequency selection. 

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    Rakesh Khan
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "i love the fact that this microphone has a wireless vocal system. it is really nice and also of very high quality. it is amazing "
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    #123Dio FS Binaural Microphone

    3Dio FS Binaural Microphone

    The 3Dio FS Binaural Microphone is a professional microphone designed to capture 3-dimensional audio. The recorded sound appears to be produced virtually anywhere in the surrounding space.

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    Timothy Bennett
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This could be a good mic if you need true binaural sound but at the price isn't really doable. There are many better, industry standard mics that would be the best."
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    #13Yemenren R5

    Yemenren R5

    Yemenren R5 is a digital voice recorder caplable of multi-recording mode. Yemenren R5  has a built-in MP3 player and possess 8GB of internal storage capacity and 360mAh rechargeable battery.

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    Saúl Quiroz
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A digital voice recorder that is capable of multi-recording, has a mp3 and tons of storage. I mean what can you more can ask for? The name of this amazing recorder and a built in microphone which it is missing for some reason . Yemenren R5 is the name of this recorder."

Summary

Best What are the best microphones
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1NEAT Widget C Desktop USB MicrophoneElectronics 17 Paid
2Samson Go Mic DirectElectronics 13 Paid
3Audio-Technica ATR2500-USBElectronics 13 Paid
4Rode NT-USB USB Condenser MicrophoneElectronics 11 Paid
5Blue Snowball iCE Condenser MicrophoneElectronics 9 Paid
6Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio MicrophoneElectronics 8 Paid
7ARCHEER MicrophoneElectronics 6 Paid
8TONOR Q9Electronics 4 Paid
9Shure PGXD24/SM58-X8Electronics 4 Paid
10KIMAFUN Lavalier MicrophoneElectronics 4 Paid
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