August 2022

Microphones: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Microphone rankings posted by key online experts, as of August 2022.

Summary

As of 2 Aug 2022, Shure MV7 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed microphone with 5 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 microphone' this month. It is followed by Blue Yeti and Rode PodMic , with 4 and 3 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - August 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Microphone
Music Grotto
Tom's Guide
PianoDreamers
Just Creative
CBR
Music Radar
IGN
PC Gamer
MusicTech
CNN Underscored
1
- $249
Shure MV7
-
-
-
8
-
5
3
1
4
-
2
- $82
Blue Yeti
-
1
-
19
-
-
-
-
11
1
3
+2 $99
Rode PodMic
-
3
-
-
-
-
5
-
1
-
4
+9 $28
Fifine K669
-
-
-
2
3
-
-
-
-
2
5
+2 $40
HyperX SoloCast
-
4
-
-
-
-
2
3
-
-
6
+3 $949
Warm Audio WA-47
1
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
7
+1 Check price
Blue Yeti X
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
2
-
-
8
-5 $395
Sennheiser MD 421 II
3
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
9
+9 $120
Elgato Wave 3
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
6
-
3
10
- $120
HyperX QuadCast S
-
9
-
-
-
-
4
5
-
-
11
-5 $398
Shure SM7B
-
-
8
6
-
-
-
-
10
-
15
+1 $232
Rode NT1
-
-
-
-
7
3
-
-
-
-
16
+1 $69
Blue Yeti Nano
-
7
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
17
+2 $192
Aston Origin
6
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
18
+3 $238
Sontronics Podcast Pro
-
-
-
16
-
-
-
-
3
-
19
+3 $99
Rode NT-USB-Mini
-
10
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
20
+4 $50
Maono AU-A04
-
-
-
10
6
-
-
-
-
-
21
+4 $455
AKG C636
-
-
-
-
10
9
-
-
-
-
22
+4 $171
Rode Procaster Dynamic
-
-
6
18
-
-
-
-
-
-
23
-11 $3295
Neumann U87 Ai
-
-
11
-
-
-
-
-
13
-
24
-13 Check price
Shure SM58
-
-
-
20
9
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Shure MV7 #1 in August 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Shure MV7 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Just Creative

The best USB microphone for podcasting

Pros
Good range and sound quality
Quite versatile
Comes with a direct to computer USB connection

Cons
Does not come with a mic stand included

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Music Radar

The best microphone for content creation

Pros
Dual output adds versatility
MOTIV app is genuinely useful

Cons
USB-C connection would have been preferable

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IGN

Best Higher-End Microphone for Streaming

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PC Gamer

The best hybrid USB/XLR microphone

Pros
Excellent Vocals
USB/XLR combo
Versatile
Easy Use software

Cons
No mic stand
Uses micro-USB

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MusicTech

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We ranked Blue Yeti #2 in August 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Blue Yeti as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Editor's Choice / The best microphone overall

Pros
Versatile
Reasonably priced
Great sound quality

Cons
Not as precise as specialized mics
So-so mount

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Just Creative

The best and easiest-to-use microphone for any user

Pros
Outstanding sound quality
Reasonable price
Has three condenser capsules ensuring crisp and clear sound quality

Cons
Could be lighter and more portable

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MusicTech

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CNN Underscored

Best overall microphone

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Microphones.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Microphones, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for August 2022 ranking

We ranked Rode PodMic #3 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Rode PodMic as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best microphone for serious podcasting

Pros
Fantastic sound
High build quality
Low price
Internal pop filter

Cons
Not ideal for newcomers
Stand not included

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IGN

Best Microphone for Podcasting

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MusicTech

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We ranked Fifine K669 #4 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Just Creative

The best budget-friendly USB microphone

Pros
Affordable price
Solid build
Good audio quality and versatile range
Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS

Cons
The cable could be better quality

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CBR

Best value

Pros
Voice input is adjustable
Enhances and uplifts the sound quality of your audio projects
Comes with tripod desk stand for secure and easily portable tabletop use
Durable and rugged metallic body

Cons
The microphone stand is not completely stable

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CNN Underscored

Best budget microphone

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We ranked HyperX SoloCast #5 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best microphone on a budget

Pros
Very affordable
Good sound
Adjustable stand
Portable friendly

Cons
Limited controls
Cardioid pattern only

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IGN

Best Budget Microphone for Streaming

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PC Gamer

The best budget microphone

Pros
Sounds nearly identical to QuadCast Mic
Great price
Portable design

Cons
No gain control on mic, which makes this one fiddler than some for small tweaks

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We ranked Warm Audio WA-47 #6 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Warm Audio WA-47 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Music Grotto

Pros
Studio-quality construction and design
140 dB max SPL
Low-noise tube for optimal smoothness
Almost mimics the classic ‘47

Cons
Could be pricey for a home recording mic
No hard case included for storage

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CBR

Premium Pick

Pros
Specially crafted for vocals and instruments
Most coveted all vacuum tube large condenser microphone
7 pin cable modifies the sonics completely
Excellent reflection filter improves the quality of voice recordings

Cons
Holding it at 2 and 3 o’clock positions return noticeable proximity effect

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We ranked Blue Yeti X #7 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Blue Yeti X as #1.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Microphone for Streaming

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PC Gamer

The best microphone for podcasting

Pros
Best sounding Blue microphone
LED front panel
Blue Vo!ce software offers great flexiblity

Cons
Low stand
Better with a mic arm
Delicate ports

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We ranked Sennheiser MD 421 II #8 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sennheiser MD 421 II as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Music Grotto

Pros
Crisp recording with or without background instrumentals
Excellent for loud vocals
160 max SPL
Effective feedback rejection

Cons
May not work well for very subtle vocals
Mic clip is somewhat weak
Some high notes sound sharp

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CBR

Editors Choice

Pros
Robust microphone for professional use
Dust and humidity resistant
Consistent signal at reasonable distances due to dynamic capsule
Minimal off-axis noise and ambiance

Cons
Costly

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We ranked Elgato Wave 3 #9 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Plug-In-Play Microphone for Streaming

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PC Gamer

Best microphone for streaming and gaming

Pros
Clear audio
Digital mixer
Simple mounting

Cons
Single polar pattern

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CNN Underscored

Best microphone for streaming

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We ranked HyperX QuadCast S #10 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

A gaming microphone with customizable lighting

Pros
High sound quality
Customizable lighting
Built-in shock mount and pop filter

Cons
Standard QuadCast is cheaper

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IGN

Best Microphone for Gaming

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PC Gamer

The best microphone with RGB

Pros
Easy to set use
Touch-sensitive mute button
Built-in Shockmount
Cool RGB lighting

Cons
RGB is not for everyone...
and costly

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We ranked Shure SM7B #11 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PianoDreamers

Best known as MJ's Vocal Mic

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Just Creative

The best high-end microphone

Pros
Outstanding sound quality
Solid and rugged build
Easy to use
Great sound reproduction

Cons
Must be used along with a mixer

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MusicTech

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We ranked Rode NT1 #12 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CBR

Pros
Negligible low self noise of only 4.5 dB
Prevents all irritations for engaging and engrossing recording sessions
Body of 6061 aluminum and nickel plating prevents corrosion
Telescopic arm and pop shield with two axes of adjustment supports versatile applications

Cons
Need to soundproof your recording space

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Music Radar

The best affordable condenser mic

Pros
Low noise
Sound quality
Integrated shock mount

Cons
Not a lot

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We ranked Blue Yeti Nano #13 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

A great compact Blue Yeti microphone

Pros
Great sound
Study build
Cheaper than the Blue Yeti

Cons
No stereo mode
Basic controls

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Just Creative

The best portable microphone

Pros
Affordable
Great audio quality
Easily portable
Great sound reproduction

Cons
Gain can only be adjusted through the Sherpa app

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We ranked Aston Origin #14 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Grotto

Pros
Versatile for most voices
127 dB max SPL
Custom, mountable end caps
Built-in shock isolation adds a layer of durability

Cons
No shock mount included
Low-cut filter doesn’t lend to dynamic vocals

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Music Radar

An excellent low-priced condenser mic

Pros
Fantastic price
Boutique appearance

Cons
Very few

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We ranked Sontronics Podcast Pro #15 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Just Creative

The best-looking podcast microphone

Pros
Good for recording speech and podcasts
Great unique design
Comes with an internal shock mount
Good price

Cons
Can have issues rejecting ambient noise when multiple sounds are being recorded

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MusicTech

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We ranked Rode NT-USB-Mini #16 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

A beginner’s mic with good sound quality

Pros
Easy to use
Adequate sound
Built-in headphone output

Cons
Gain-heavy audio
Stiff, non-adjustable stand

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PC Gamer

The best microphone for entry-level content creators

Pros
Great Sound
Simple Compact Design
Decent Software

Cons
Software only works with NT Minis
Picks up background noise

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We ranked Maono AU-A04 #17 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Just Creative

The best microphone kit for beginners

Pros
Good and clear audio quality
Comes with all the accessories a beginner would need
Solid build
Good design and price point

Cons
The shock mount is not very effective

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CBR

Pros
Can be easily fixed on your collar or tie with a sturdy metal clip
Convenient to use with a mobile by plugging its thin pin into your mobile’s 3.5 mm headset jack
78-inch long cord for flexibility to record your podcast away from the sounds of the PC
Captures sound evenly from all around the microphone

Cons
Not very rugged

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We ranked AKG C636 #18 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CBR

Pros
Prevents all common issues of a stage microphone
Extremely tough body made from zinc alloy and a spring steel grille
Unfiltered and refined studio fidelity sound
Custom tuned and capable of processing 150dB SPL

Cons
A bit expensive

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Music Radar

A great handheld condenser and the best microphone for master reference

Pros
Clear, well balanced response
Superb feedback rejection
Excellent off-axis attenuation

Cons
You have to pay for quality

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We ranked Rode Procaster Dynamic #19 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PianoDreamers

More than just a podcasting mic

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Just Creative

The best microphone that’s built to work

Pros
Clear and focused audio
Solid build
Handles ambient noise extremely well
Comes with stand mount and a zip pouch

Cons
A bit pricey

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We ranked Neumann U87 Ai #20 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PianoDreamers

The King of Microphones

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MusicTech

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We ranked Shure SM58 #21 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Just Creative

The best handheld microphone

Pros
Amazing sound quality
Durable build
Can pick up high volumes without distortion
Great at filtering background noise

Cons
Needs an audio interface to connect it to your PC

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CBR

Pros
Proximity effect is reduced with brightened mid range and bass roll-off
Brilliant-quality sound with crystal clear vocals
Minimal plosives due to in-built wind and pop filter
Convenient stand adapter and zipper pouch

Cons
On/Off button does not exist

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