Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The popularity of streaming has attracted so many newcomers to this activity that the issue of choosing the 'right' equipment has become one of the most talked about in the electronics industry. Today, the editors present you a special review in rating format dedicated to the most important streamer tool – the microphone.
Our experts have singled out the best-performing models in the gigantic market diversity, focusing on different categories of streamers – interviewers, gamers, podcasters and others. But first, we will still devote a few words to the topic of choosing the best microphone for streaming and the criteria by which you need to choose a model for yourself.
- How to choose the best microphone for streaming
- frequency range
- Optional accessories
- Ranking of the best microphones for streaming
- SVEN MK-150
- Trust Mico USB
- SAMSON METEOR Mic
- AUDIO-TECHNICA AT2020USB +
- Blue yeti
- RODE NT
- RAZER SEIRĒN ELITE
How to choose the best microphone for streaming
So, there is an important feature in choosing a good microphone. The (well, almost) principle does not work here 'the more expensive and branded, the better'. Because you have to choose a microphone, being guided strictly by where and how it will be used. Because for a normal recording of a live stream on the street in a crowd of people, this is one thing, but for a high-quality transmission of the voices of the presenter and guest in a cozy studio, it is completely different. And only after that you can give preference to one or another brand. Let's consider the main characterizing factors and for which streaming activity they are most important.
This is the sensitivity of the microphone to certain tonalities. Measured in hertz and kilohertz. This actually means how many sounds, high and low, the microphone can recognize at all. The larger the range, the better. But chasing prohibitive values, and shelling out the amount of your annual budget for the device is also pointless.
Here, for whom this parameter is important, it is for those who are engaged in vocals. It is not so important for a game streamer to convey the tones and one and a half of those expressions with which he accompanies the battles in Dota2.
This parameter reflects the sensitivity of the microphone to sound, depending on the location of its source. Everything seems to be clear, but there are many nuances. There are unidirectional, bi-directional and omnidirectional microphones.
Unidirectional, in turn, are also divided into cardioid, hypercardioid and supercardioid. Cardioid – the most popular among streamers. They are highly sensitive to sounds coming from the front only. On the sides it is already worse, behind it is even worse. Normal working option for conversational streamer, podcaster. Hyper- and supercardioid microphones have acceptable sensitivity up to 180 degrees in the front, but are 'stalled' in the back. Well suited for a gamer who, in the heat of battle, can strongly and sharply deviate back and forth, lean back on a chair, roll back a little.
Bi-directional microphones, as you might guess, pick up sounds from the front and back equally well. An ideal choice for an interview a la Yuri Dud. Well, or for vocals in a duet.
Omni-directional microphones pick up 360-degree sound equally. It would seem that you can buy one and not bother, but it is not. Omni-directional is not suitable for a podcaster, as it will treacherously clearly inform the audience that mom has entered the room to call the streamer to eat. This is a microphone specifically for recording the sounds of the 'environment' – crowd, institution, nature, etc.
Even such an explanation can leave doubts in the choice, especially if you have not yet decided what kind of streams you will broadcast. In this case, you can buy a multi-directional microphone. It allows you to switch directivity as needed. But it's better to make a specific choice, for many reasons.
The set of the microphone is a secondary matter, but a few words should also be said about it. Perhaps the most important thing is the pop filter. This is a device that eliminates the redundancy of sound artifacts of the human voice – breathing, wheezing, and those very jumps in sound when pronouncing the sounds 'b' and 'n' (that's why it is called that). Typically it looks like a rounded 'screen' in front of the microphone itself. On studio shooting, this accessory immediately catches the eye, and non-experts mistake it for the microphone itself.
Another important accessory is a stand or mount. It's good if this accessory is 'native', but quite often other manufacturers make it better. A good bonus is the carrying case, but here you certainly shouldn't pay too much attention, since the main thing is the microphone itself.
So, we figured out the basic principles of choosing a microphone for streaming, and now we turn directly to the rating.
Ranking of the best microphones for streaming
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Ranking of the best microphones for streaming||7||SVEN MK-150||RUB 90|
|6||Trust Mico USB||RUB 1,890|
|5||SAMSON METEOR Mic||6 350 rub.|
|4||AUDIO-TECHNICA AT2020USB +||RUB 11 687|
|3||Blue yeti||RUB 11,990|
|2||RODE NT||RUB 16 550|
|1||RAZER SEIRĒN ELITE||RUB 16,990|
We start with the simplest and cheapest microphone of the well-known SVEN trademark. Its price is so ridiculous that the reader may have doubts about its performance. In fact, our experts included this model in the review specifically for beginners, for the first attempts at pen in the conduct of live broadcasts. The share of streamers who at first got carried away with this business, and then were disappointed and abandoned is very large. Therefore, for the very, very beginning, you should not buy equipment worthy of Joe Rogan.
What is this microphone. Firstly, it is very tiny – it can be attached to a jacket buttonhole (not to be confused with a buttonhole on military clothes) or to another convenient place on outerwear. Yes, this is exactly the same 'buttonhole' that you have often heard about, but did not know why such a name. Strictly speaking, this is not even a buttonhole, but a clip, which is even better, since it makes it possible to fix the microphone not only on clothes. Here, just in case, for general development, you need to understand that a tiny microphone does not automatically mean cheap. There are 'buttonholes' for tens of thousands of rubles.
Now let's go through the dry specifications. It is an electret microphone with an omnidirectional pattern, an impedance of 2200 ohms, a sensitivity of -58 dB, and a frequency range of 50 to 16 thousand Hertz. It is connected to the receiving device with a simple standard 3.5 mm jack through a standard cable 1.8 meters long.
The microphone weighs 23 g. The body is made of black plastic. It is fastened with a plastic clip, it can also be installed permanently on a monitor or pieces of furniture with regular adhesive tape.
There is one peculiarity with this model. There are many enthusiastic reviews on it about high sensitivity, but there are also exactly opposite opinions. Therefore, it makes sense to assume that the quality control of this particular model by the manufacturer is very 'loyal'.
In conclusion, let us say that in the line of SVEN microphones there are many other models of other form factors, which also cost a few hundred rubles and, in general, are suitable for the first attempts in streaming.
- high sensitivity (there are exactly opposite opinions);
- simplicity and reliability;
- unreliable 'native' mount.
Trust Mico USB
The second position in the ranking of the best microphones for streaming according to the version is another budget condenser microphone, but of a different brand – Trust. And this is no longer a buttonhole, but a desktop version on a tripod stand. It is very inexpensive compared to other studio microphones, but 10 times more expensive than the previous 'crumb'.
The dimensions of the microphone are 43x130x35mm. Weight – 150 g, assembled – 258 g. Made in a discreet, but pleasant design, plastic body, black with soft-touch coating. Mounts on a folding tripod with a lock. The latch itself also has a stroke of about 270 degrees for the most convenient placement of the head direction. All materials are of high quality, the assembly is solid, neat.
You can connect a microphone to the receiving device using a 1.8 meter cable. The cable connects to a USB adapter, which also has a jack for a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
The technical characteristics of the device are as follows: circular directional diagram, impedance 2.2 Ohm, frequency range from 50 to 16 thousand Hertz, sensitivity -45 dB.
This model is covered by a manufacturer's warranty for a period of 24 months.
- high-quality sound recording;
- comfortable placement with a secure fit;
- quality materials and assembly;
- soft-touch body coating.
- there are complaints about noise, but their objectivity is not indisputable.
SAMSON METEOR Mic
The third number in the ranking of the best microphones for streaming according to the version, we will consider the model of the SAMSON brand. Very high quality audio equipment comes out under this brand. Manufactured in China.
Here we are again making a sharp price jump upwards, but the microphone is worth it. Its appearance is already impressive – polished metal predominates in the materials – double chrome coating, metal nets, rubber pads on the legs so that the microphone does not travel on the table. The design amazingly combines hi-tech and retro, respectively, it will look great in the frame. In addition, against the background of other models, its price still looks very attractive – about 6500 rubles, but it can vary greatly depending on the configuration and point of sale.
Now about the characteristics. This is a condenser microphone with a large 25mm diaphragm. Directional pattern – cardioid. The frequency response range is from 20 to 20 thousand Hertz. Connected via USB interface. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack with the ability to track recording without delay.
From the microphone controls on its front there is a mechanical monitoring volume control (it does not affect the recording level) and a Mute button. There is also a clearly visible activity indicator. At the back there are two ports: USB for connection and 3.5mm for headphones.
The microphone is easily recognized by the operating system as a USB device with audio input and output. That is, in fact, you also get an external sound card.
The packaging is as luxurious as the device itself, reliable, comfortable and beautifully designed. The minimum package also includes a mini-USB cable, a carrying case, and documentation.
We emphasize again, since this is important – the adjustment wheel is only for headphones. This model does not have its own recording level adjustment, and this state of affairs may not be convenient for everyone. But for podcast streamers, it's a great option.
- good recording sound quality;
- membrane condenser 25 mm;
- the ability to monitor the recording without delays;
- actual performance of the role of an external sound card;
- spectacular appearance;
- quality materials.
- there is no own adjustment of the recording level.
AUDIO-TECHNICA AT2020USB +
The rating is continued by the studio microphone of the AUDIO-TECHNICA trademark. This is already something much more interesting and more serious than previous models. Namely – the technique, although of the lower segment, is still of a professional class.
Microphone dimensions – 52x162x52mm. Weighs 386 g. Made in a laconic but respectable design. The body is black. It is connected via a USB cable with a length of 3 meters. There is a headphone output. Installation – tabletop, on a tripod with a lock.
This is a condenser type cardioid microphone. The impedance is 32 ohms. The frequency range is from 20 to 20 thousand Hertz. The sampling rate is 44.1 / 48 kHz. On the case there are independent elements for headphone volume control and mixing.
Among streamers and all those who are engaged in this kind of studio work, this model has established itself as a reliable, capable of clearly transmitting sound, with sufficient characteristics for professional sound recording and mixing. It is formally marketed as a studio microphone for vocals, but it can still be found in podcasters and voice actors.
In this AUDIO-TECHNICA lineup there are several more solid samples, and if the characteristics of this model seem insufficient to you, you can look at the USBi model. It is capable of recording audio in 24 bits and its maximum sampling rate is 96 kHz. But that model will, of course, cost more.
- clear sound recognition;
- convenient location of controls;
- professional grade;
- built-in headphone amplifier.
- flimsy tripod included.
Now, in the ranking of the best microphones for streaming according to the version, we will consider even something almost legendary. This is not yet the most expensive, not the most 'pretentious' microphone, but at one time it was certainly almost the most talked about in the streamer and video blogging environment. This Blue Yeti is produced by the American specialized company Blue Microphones. Actually, this is a subsidiary of an even more famous developer of high-quality electronics – the Swiss company Logitech International S.A.
It should be said right away that there is only a name in the nomenclature of 'Blue', but in fact there are as many as ten colors of the case trim! This is a big plus for those streamers who find it important to design their workspace in a certain strictly uniform style. Its dimensions are 295x120x125mm, weight – 550 g. The case is metal. It is connected to the receiving device via the USB interface using a detachable cable that is included in the delivery set. There is a headphone jack.
From a strictly technical point of view, Blue Yeti is a multi-directional condenser microphone with a frequency range of 20 to 20 thousand Hertz, 120 dB SPL, 48 kHz sampling rate and 16-bit ADC. Its direct functions include high-quality studio stereo recording, you can also easily adjust the sensitivity, volume on the headphones, mute the microphone and switch the directional pattern.
From everything described it is clear that the Blue Yeti is a universal device. For streaming, it is good in addition to quality, also because it can be easily made bi-directional, omnidirectional, or with cardioid polarity. It is equally suitable for a professional gamer and for recording clean vocals – here the professional level will be provided by the Tri-capsule technology. Of course, it's also great for podcasters.
The manufacturing warranty for this model is two years.
- professional level;
- many body colors;
- easy to install and configure.
- no pronounced disadvantages were found.
Now, within the framework of our rating, we will consider another, no less remarkable model than the Blue Yeti, but slightly less popular in the streamer and video blogging environment. This microphone is manufactured by the Australian company RØDE Microphones LLC. A professional model that is equally suitable for a top streamer and a musician.
Microphone dimensions – 184x62x50 mm, weight – 520 g. Metal case, black color. It is connected to a computer via a USB interface, the length of a standard cable (removable) is as much as 6 meters. There is a headphone output. Installation on a tripod stand with a lock. The controls are located above the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Key technical parameters of the model: capacitor principle of operation, unidirectional, cardioid directional pattern, ADC sampling frequency and bit depth – 48 kHz and 16 bit, respectively. The frequency range is from 20 to 20 thousand Hertz. Maximum sound pressure level: 110 dB SPL. Dynamic range – 96dB. JFET converter with 2-pole outgoing buffer.
As is clear from the description, this microphone is much narrower 'specialization' than the universal Blue Yeti – it is unidirectional. The diaphragm is located laterally parallel to the microphone body. It's great for any studio work: recording an instrument, vocals, or quality spoken streaming.
The package includes the microphone itself, a detachable cable, a tripod stand, a carrying case, a pop filter, and documentation.
- professional level;
- zero latency;
- high-quality recording;
- not marked.
RAZER SEIRĒN ELITE
Finally, in our ranking, we come to perhaps the most interesting solution in the world of microphones for streaming. And it is interesting at least by the manufacturer. This is RAZER – one of the most 'thoughtful' gaming equipment companies, made up of true fans. And we present their next creation – the SEIRĒN ELITE game streaming microphone.
This is the most expensive microphone in our review, but this is a serious thing not for fun, but for live esports competitions or for serious commercial streaming, when the slightest sound flaw at the climax can infuriate the audience, lead to a drop in donations and unsubscribes, and also directly affect for promising advertising contracts. Against this background, such a financial investment does not seem so burdensome.
The dimensions of the device are 90x685x226mm, the weight is 783 g. The body is deep black and looks unusually stylish, although the design is not too flashy. It is mounted on a standard stand, connected to a USB port of a computer, the kit includes an additional adapter from microUSB to USB, a 3-meter cable for connection and a wind protection nozzle.
Let's go through the main technical characteristics. This is an omnidirectional condenser microphone with a sensitivity of 120 dB, a frequency range of 20 to 20 thousand Hertz, and a maximum impedance of 16 Ohm.
One of the most important features of the Razer Seirēn Elite (however, some other models in the rating are not without it) is the ability to monitor sound with zero latency. To do this, you need to connect the headphones directly to the microphone. This is extremely important for team gaming, so that team members hear each other's voices instantly, and not with a lag of 5 seconds, as is the case with ordinary sound cards.
A well-thought-out design with a dynamic Pro-grade capsule in combination with a limiter and a filter guarantees such a rich vocal tone that was previously only achievable on many times more high-tech equipment, not available to the average consumer.
- quality and reliability;
- delay control;
- dynamic capsule Pro-grade.
- rare complaints about the inconvenient location of the controllers.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.