June 2024

Microphones: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of microphones rankings posted by key online experts, as of June 2024.

Summary

On 11 Jun 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 91 microphone endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

68 microphones were endorsed in total, only 15 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 11 Jun 2024, Blue Yeti takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed microphone with 3 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 3 recommended it as the '#1 microphone' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking microphones start at $24.99 (V-MODA BoomPro X) and go up to $3500 (Neumann U87 Ai). Median microphone costs $198.90 (Sennheiser Profile Streaming Set).
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At a glance - June Ranking

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Rank Change Price Microphone
CNN Underscored
SoundGuys
IGN
MusicTech
Music Radar
PianoDreamers
PCMag
PC Gamer
Tom's Guide
Wirecutter
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+1 $100
Blue Yeti
The Blue Yeti microphone is a versatile and durable device with four directional patterns, a built-in headphone jack, and compatibility with a wide range of devices and software, making it a popular choice among content creators, podcasters, and gamers.
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-1 $249
Shure MV7
The Shure MV7 microphone is a versatile and adaptable option for podcasters, streamers, and content creators, offering excellent sound quality, noise-cancelling capabilities, and connectivity options.
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7
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- $99
Shure SM57
The Shure SM57 microphone is highly regarded for its exceptional sound quality, durability, versatility, and compatibility, making it a popular choice among musicians, producers, and recording engineers for capturing instruments and vocals in various live and studio settings.
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- $150
Elgato Wave 3
The Elgato Wave 3 is a versatile and reliable USB microphone designed for content creators, podcasters, and live streamers, featuring a cardioid polar pattern, two connectivity options, advanced features, and compatibility with both PC and Mac.
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Blue Yeti X
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- $99
Rode PodMic
The Rode PodMic is a dynamic microphone with a well-balanced frequency response range, internal pop filter and damping features, cardioid polar pattern, XLR connectivity, and solid metal construction, making it a reliable and versatile choice for podcasters and content creators.
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- $199
Sennheiser Profile Streaming Set
The Sennheiser Profile Streaming Set is a USB microphone with a cardioid polar pattern, frequency response range of 20Hz to 20kHz, and several useful features, making it a great choice for streamers, podcasters, and content creators.
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- $292
SteelSeries Alias Pro
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- $42
Razer Seiren Mini
The Razer Seiren Mini microphone is praised for its sound quality, directionality, and compatibility, making it a highly recommended choice for clear and focused audio recording in various applications.
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+1 $399
Shure SM7B
The Shure SM7B is a highly regarded dynamic microphone that delivers exceptional sound quality, particularly for recording vocals, with its wide frequency response range, flat frequency response, presence boost, and effective noise isolation.
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- $39
HyperX SoloCast
The HyperX SoloCast is a high-quality USB microphone that delivers clear and detailed sound with a full, rich sound that is hard to match at its price point, making it an ideal choice for podcasters, streamers, and gamers who want a simple and effective way to record their voice without any unnecessary features or complications.
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- $129
HyperX QuadCast S
The HyperX QuadCast S is a versatile and reliable USB microphone suitable for podcasting, streaming, gaming, and vocal recording, with four polar patterns, built-in pop filter and noise reduction technology, and two connectivity options.
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- $219
Rode NT1
The Rode NT1 is a high-quality studio condenser microphone with a wide frequency response range, low self-noise, cardioid polar pattern, dual connectivity options, and durable construction, making it a versatile and reliable choice for recording vocals and acoustic guitars.
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- $449
Electro-Voice RE20
The Electro-Voice RE20 is a dynamic broadcast microphone with exceptional sound quality, advanced noise reduction features, and a wide frequency range, making it a versatile and reliable choice for professional audio recording and broadcasting applications.
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- $3500
Neumann U87 Ai
The Neumann U87 Ai is a top-of-the-line condenser microphone that delivers warm, crystal-clear, and detailed sound quality, making it ideal for recording vocals, acoustic guitar, and spot microphones for individual instruments in a sound-treated recording space.
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#13 $38.99 HyperX SoloCast
#9 $41.99 Razer Seiren Mini
#3 $99 Shure SM57
#6 $99 Rode PodMic
#1 $99.99 Blue Yeti
#14 $128.99 HyperX QuadCast S
#4 $149.99 Elgato Wave 3
#7 $198.90 Sennheiser Profile Streaming Set
#15 $219 Rode NT1
#2 $249 Shure MV7
#8 $292 SteelSeries Alias Pro
#10 $399 Shure SM7B
#16 $449 Electro-Voice RE20
#17 $3500 Neumann U87 Ai

We ranked Blue Yeti #1 in June 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Blue Yeti as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 18 Jun 2023)
The Blue Yeti microphone is a versatile and durable device with four directional patterns, a built-in headphone jack, and compatibility with a wide range of devices and software, making it a popular choice among content creators, podcasters, and gamers.
Critic endorsements:
CNN Underscored

Best overall microphone

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MusicTech

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Tom's Guide

Editor's Choice / The best microphone overall

Versatile
Reasonably priced
Great sound quality

Not as precise as specialized mics
So-so mount

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We ranked Shure MV7 #2 in June 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Shure MV7 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 Jun 2023)
The Shure MV7 microphone is a versatile and adaptable option for podcasters, streamers, and content creators, offering excellent sound quality, noise-cancelling capabilities, and connectivity options.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Hybrid XLR/USB Microphone for Streaming

Both XLR and USB connections
48kHz sample rate and a 24-bit depth for superior sound

Expensive

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MusicTech

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Music Radar

The best microphone for content creation

Dual output adds versatility
MOTIV app is genuinely useful

USB-C connection would have been preferable

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PC Gamer

The best microphone

Excellent Vocals
USB/XLR combo
Versatile
Easy Use software

No mic stand included
Uses Micro-USB rather than Type-C

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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 June 2024 ranking

We ranked Shure SM57 #3 in June 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Shure SM57 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 4 Nov 2023)
The Shure SM57 microphone is highly regarded for its exceptional sound quality, durability, versatility, and compatibility, making it a popular choice among musicians, producers, and recording engineers for capturing instruments and vocals in various live and studio settings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Radar

The best for loud guitar cabinets

Near indestructible
Inexpensive
Reliable

Not the most subtle

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PianoDreamers

The King of Versatility

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We ranked Elgato Wave 3 #4 in June 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Elgato Wave 3 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 Jun 2023)
The Elgato Wave 3 is a versatile and reliable USB microphone designed for content creators, podcasters, and live streamers, featuring a cardioid polar pattern, two connectivity options, advanced features, and compatibility with both PC and Mac.
Critic endorsements:
CNN Underscored

Best microphone for streaming

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SoundGuys

The Best

Sound quality
WaveLink software
Build quality
Audio Clipguard

One recording pattern
De-emphasized bass

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IGN

Best Plug-In-Play Microphone for Streaming

Lots of on-mic controls
High audio resolution with a 96kHz sample rate and 24-bit depth

Only cardioid polar pattern

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We ranked Blue Yeti X #5 in June 2024 because:

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

Best for streaming/ Editors' Choice

Great sound
Several pickup patterns
Flexible recording
On-mic levels display
Gain knob

Price
Size

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IGN

Best Microphone for Streaming

Knob offers controls for gain, mute, headphone volume, and blend
Four polar patterns

Uses micro-USB

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We ranked Rode PodMic #6 in June 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Rode PodMic as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 18 Jun 2023)
The Rode PodMic is a dynamic microphone with a well-balanced frequency response range, internal pop filter and damping features, cardioid polar pattern, XLR connectivity, and solid metal construction, making it a reliable and versatile choice for podcasters and content creators.
Critic endorsements:
MusicTech

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Tom's Guide

The best microphone for serious podcasting

Fantastic sound
High build quality
Low price
Internal pop filter

Not ideal for newcomers
Stand not included

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We ranked Sennheiser Profile Streaming Set #7 in June 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 18 Jun 2023)
The Sennheiser Profile Streaming Set is a USB microphone with a cardioid polar pattern, frequency response range of 20Hz to 20kHz, and several useful features, making it a great choice for streamers, podcasters, and content creators.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best All-In-One Package / Editors' Choice

Quality vocal mic with transparent signal
Onboard gain, mix, and headphone controls
Sturdy boom arm
Long cable

Lacks software with effects and presets
Doesn't include pop filter

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PC Gamer

The best USB microphone and boom arm bundle

Good build quality
Great value
Clean, crisp sound

Lack of desk stand in streaming kit
Cardioid only

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Tom's Guide

A great USB mic in a professional package

Simulates the studio setup
Easy plug-and-play setup
Visible indicator for hot signals and plosives

No pop filter

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We ranked SteelSeries Alias Pro #8 in June 2024 because:

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

Best High-End Microphone for Streaming

XLR mic that includes the necessary interface
Two USB ports to connect multiple PCs

More of a learning curve than USB mics

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PCMag

Best XLR Mic for Beginners/ Editors' Choice

Excellent sound, clear signal
Powerful streaming software with multiple audio sources, outputs
Parametric EQ for both mic and outputs
Easy to set up

Pricey
Single-port mixer won't accommodate additional microphones

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PC Gamer

The best microphone for streaming

Capable of studio-like sound capture
Stream mixer is discreet and powerful
Sonar software makes audio setup simple
Superb build quality

You really need a boom arm to get the most out of it
The SteelSeries Boom Arm (sold separately) is expensive
Expensive all-round

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We ranked Razer Seiren Mini #9 in June 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 3 Sep 2023)
The Razer Seiren Mini microphone is praised for its sound quality, directionality, and compatibility, making it a highly recommended choice for clear and focused audio recording in various applications.
Critic endorsements:
SoundGuys

Bang for your buck

Compact and portable
Easy to use
Sleek design

Odd height
Middling sound quality
Limited usability (one polar pattern)

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IGN

Best Microphone for Beginner Streamers

Budget-friendly
Plug and play

No on-mic gain control

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PC Gamer

The best budget mic

Pill-shaped design
Great sound

No mute button
Proprietary micro-USB

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We ranked Shure SM7B #10 in June 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 18 Jun 2023)
The Shure SM7B is a highly regarded dynamic microphone that delivers exceptional sound quality, particularly for recording vocals, with its wide frequency response range, flat frequency response, presence boost, and effective noise isolation.
Critic endorsements:
MusicTech

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Music Radar

The best for recording vocals in untreated rooms

Peerless sound quality for a dynamic
Excellent noise rejection
A joy to use in untreated rooms
Built-in pop filter, electromagnetic shielding, suspension and windscreen

Requires oodles of clean gain

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PianoDreamers

Best known as MJ's Vocal Mic

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We ranked HyperX SoloCast #11 in June 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Jun 2023)
The HyperX SoloCast is a high-quality USB microphone that delivers clear and detailed sound with a full, rich sound that is hard to match at its price point, making it an ideal choice for podcasters, streamers, and gamers who want a simple and effective way to record their voice without any unnecessary features or complications.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Ultra Cheap Microphone for Streaming

Beginner friendly
Compact

Only cardioid polar pattern

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Tom's Guide

The best microphone on a budget

Very affordable
Good sound
Adjustable stand
Portable friendly

Limited controls
Cardioid pattern only

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We ranked HyperX QuadCast S #12 in June 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 18 Jun 2023)
The HyperX QuadCast S is a versatile and reliable USB microphone suitable for podcasting, streaming, gaming, and vocal recording, with four polar patterns, built-in pop filter and noise reduction technology, and two connectivity options.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Microphone for Gaming

Customizable RGB lighting
Four pickup patterns

Easy to accidentally nudge levels

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PC Gamer

The best microphone with RGB lighting

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

RGB is not for everyone...
and costly

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We ranked Rode NT1 #13 in June 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 Jun 2023)
The Rode NT1 is a high-quality studio condenser microphone with a wide frequency response range, low self-noise, cardioid polar pattern, dual connectivity options, and durable construction, making it a versatile and reliable choice for recording vocals and acoustic guitars.
Critic endorsements:
Music Radar

The best affordable condenser mic

Low noise
Sound quality
Integrated shock mount
USB interface

No minimal latency monitoring facility
Doesn't support 44.1kHz sample rate

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PCMag

Best for USB and XLR Inputs

Features both XLR and USB inputs
Solid digital signal processing options for USB mode
Up to 192kHz, 32-bit float audio quality
Box includes shock mount, cables, and pop filter

Not all processing options are available for every audio quality setting
Lacks physical gain and volume knobs
No headphone jack

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We ranked Electro-Voice RE20 #14 in June 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 18 Jun 2023)
The Electro-Voice RE20 is a dynamic broadcast microphone with exceptional sound quality, advanced noise reduction features, and a wide frequency range, making it a versatile and reliable choice for professional audio recording and broadcasting applications.
Critic endorsements:
MusicTech

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Music Radar

The dynamic mic that thinks it’s a condenser

No proximity effect
No off-axis colouration
Superb rejection of unwanted sounds
Legendary for voice, but great for vocals and some instruments too

Needs a lot of clean gain

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We ranked Neumann U87 Ai #15 in June 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best microphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 18 Jun 2023)
The Neumann U87 Ai is a top-of-the-line condenser microphone that delivers warm, crystal-clear, and detailed sound quality, making it ideal for recording vocals, acoustic guitar, and spot microphones for individual instruments in a sound-treated recording space.
Critic endorsements:
MusicTech

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PianoDreamers

The King of Microphones

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