November 2022

Microphones: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 16 Nov 2022, Shure MV7 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed microphone with 6 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 microphone' this month. It is followed by Blue Yeti and Blue Yeti X , with 4 and 3 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Microphone
PCMag
MusicTech
PC Gamer
CNN Underscored
Tom's Guide
IGN
Just Creative
PianoDreamers
Music Grotto
Music Radar
1
- $224
Shure MV7
9
4
1
-
-
3
8
-
-
6
2
- $100
Blue Yeti
-
11
-
1
1
-
19
-
-
-
3
+1 $165
Blue Yeti X
5
-
2
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
4
-1 $90
Rode PodMic
-
1
-
-
3
5
-
-
-
-
5
+4 Check price
Shure SM7B
-
10
-
-
-
-
6
8
-
10
6
-1 $30
HyperX SoloCast
-
-
3
-
4
2
-
-
-
-
7
-1 $150
Elgato Wave 3
-
-
6
3
-
6
-
-
-
-
8
-1 $130
HyperX QuadCast S
-
-
5
-
9
4
-
-
-
-
9
-1 $87
Rode NT-USB-Mini
8
-
4
-
10
-
-
-
-
-
10
- $30
Fifine K669
-
-
-
2
-
-
2
-
-
-
16
- $80
Blue Yeti Nano
-
-
-
-
7
-
5
-
-
-
17
- $192
Aston Origin
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
7
18
- $199
Sontronics Podcast Pro
-
3
-
-
-
-
16
-
-
-
19
New * $446
Electro-Voice RE20
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
11
20
- $158
Rode Procaster Dynamic
-
-
-
-
-
-
18
6
-
-
21
- $3295
Neumann U87 Ai
-
13
-
-
-
-
-
11
-
-

We ranked Shure MV7 #1 in November 2022 because:

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

Best XLR/USB Versatility

Pros
Excellent dynamic mic for vocals
USB (digital) and XLR (analog) connections
Shure Motiv app provides real-time EQ and basic controls while recording

Cons
No included mic stand or mount

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MusicTech

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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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IGN

Best Higher-End Microphone for Streaming

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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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We ranked Blue Yeti #2 in November 2022 because:

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

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CNN Underscored

Best overall microphone

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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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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 November 2022 ranking

We ranked Blue Yeti X #3 in November 2022 because:

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

Most Flexible Recording Options

Pros
Strong audio quality with four mic patterns, including cardioid and stereo.
DSP-free.
LED live metering.
Recording software included.

Cons
Lack of DSP presets not for those seeking EQ/compression baked into signal.
No pop filter or adapter for standard mic stand.

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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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IGN

Best Microphone for Streaming

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We ranked Rode PodMic #4 in November 2022 because:

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

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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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We ranked Shure SM7B #5 in November 2022 because:

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

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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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PianoDreamers

Best known as MJ's Vocal Mic

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Music Radar

A treat for vocals in untreated rooms

Pros
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

Cons
Requires oodles of clean gain

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We ranked HyperX SoloCast #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Elgato Wave 3 #7 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Plug-In-Play Microphone for Streaming

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We ranked HyperX QuadCast S #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Microphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Rode NT-USB-Mini #9 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Compact Mic

Pros
Crisp, clear, DSP-free mic signal
Zero-latency monitoring mode

Cons
Fixed pattern
No gain knob

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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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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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We ranked Fifine K669 #10 in November 2022 because:

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

Best budget microphone

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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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We ranked Blue Yeti Nano #11 in November 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 #12 in November 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 #13 in November 2022 because:

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

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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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We ranked Electro-Voice RE20 #14 in November 2022 because:

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

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Music Radar

The dynamic mic that thinks it’s a condenser

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

Cons
Needs a lot of clean gain

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We ranked Rode Procaster Dynamic #15 in November 2022 because:

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

More than just a podcasting mic

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We ranked Neumann U87 Ai #16 in November 2022 because:

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

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PianoDreamers

The King of Microphones

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