The Best Microphone for Your Budget - Cheap to Pro

21 feb 2021
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Whether you're a podcaster, Twitch streamer or SEworldr, having a good microphone is essential to your content creation. We're taking a look at three mics that are worth your time if you're a content creator: the Razer Seiren Mini, the HyperX QuadCast S, and the Shure SM7B. The Blue Yeti is the standard streaming mic you typically see streamers use while streaming, but there are some other options out there when it comes to a streaming microphone.

The best budget mic is out there, so we have some pretty good options when it comes to the best streaming microphone on the market. These microphones are also great options if you're looking for a gaming microphone. A cheap microphone might be what you're looking for, but of course there are some professional microphone choices we have that may suit your needs for the best microphones. Our USB microphone review in the Razer Seiren Mini and the HyperX QuadCast S will likely help you make a decision in regards to picking a good streaming microphone or a microphone for podcast.

USB microphones are very commonplace these days, especially with home studio setups, so picking a good USB microphone is essential. What about a good microphone for gaming? The best microphones for gaming and broadcasting tend to be a condenser microphone or a dynamic microphone. You've likely seen a lot of Twitch streamers or SEworldrs using the Shure SM7B, which is a great option for a streaming microphone. The best budget mic is out there, and we'll help fill you in. Hopefully we'll be able to help you get the best recording mic for your budget! The best streaming microphone and the best budget microphone (or best budget mic) is ready for your vocals!
00:00 - Intro
00:53 - Razer Seiren Mini
02:14 - HyperX QuadCast S
03:32 - Shure SM7B
04:51 - Sound Quality Comparison
05:11 - Conclusion

  • The Verge PTSD flashbacks...

    Samuel ARSamuel ARDag sedan
  • is this a crossover with the verge?? holy crap the sm7b take was ATROCIOUS???????? XLR to USB? HUH?? Phantom Power to this mic isn't needed UNLESS you're using a FetAmp/Cloudlifter

    ethanethan2 dagar sedan
  • Yeti X FTW

    Gabriel RiveraGabriel Rivera2 dagar sedan
  • My soul died when he said to use a XLR to USB cable for the SM7B. DO NOT DO THIS!!!! 😭😭

    SmooperSmooper2 dagar sedan
  • I'm not trying to Gatekeep, but you have no idea what you are talking about. The SM7B DOES NOT need Phantom Power. Also please don't use an XLR to USB Cable to connect this to a Computer, use an actual Audio Interface. If you want more gain because your interface doesn't have enough Gain to drive the mic, use an inline mic preamp, like the Triton Audio Fethead or the Klark Technick Mic Booster CT1. These preamps provide clean gain and DO require Phantom Power, but the results are fantastic.

    AshAsh3 dagar sedan
  • 4:20 NO NO NO!! im with @podcastage on this all the way!! OMG. IGN!!! this is on the Verge on being The Verge PC build.

    Dennis HanssonDennis Hansson4 dagar sedan
  • This has the same vibe as the verge pc build video. Plese can big channles do some reserch befor trying to recomend stuff......

    Matthew LockyerMatthew Lockyer4 dagar sedan
  • Link for the shirt please.

    Brendan MurphyBrendan Murphy4 dagar sedan
  • This is the audio equivalent of that Verge pc build video.

    Affinity For GamesAffinity For Games4 dagar sedan
  • Try the Samson g track pro. Works like a charm.

    CanuCanu4 dagar sedan
  • SM7b plus an XLR to USB cable = a WORLD of hurt. That's pretty sketch advice.

    Ren AlcantaraRen Alcantara4 dagar sedan
  • Whoever wrote this guys script needs to go back to audio school. Phantom power does NOTHING for a Shure SM7B.

    Mark's Game ReviewsMark's Game Reviews4 dagar sedan
  • What!? Just as podcastage said, DO NOT us an XLR to USB cable to use an SM7B

    Top DownTop Down4 dagar sedan
  • They all sound the same

    MD GammingMD Gamming4 dagar sedan
  • This is... a bad video :/ I’m sorry but this is all really terrible advice, especially in regards to the SM7b. This is going to spread a lot of misinformation to people who don’t know any better. Not to mention most of the people who purchase the SM7b nowadays don’t even know why they want it other than “everyone has it”. Definitely a unique sounding mic that doesn’t work universally on all applications as well as all voices.

    gillythekidgillythekid4 dagar sedan
  • Audio engineer here! The section on the SM7B is wrong to a pretty incredible degree - I'd expect better from an organization with the resources of IGN. Phantom power does nothing, at best, for most dynamic mics. At worst, running phantom power into a dynamic mic can break it. An XLR to USB cable is not sufficient to power *any* XLR mic, let alone a power-hungry dynamic like the Shure. For anyone looking to buy an XLR mic, you absolutely need an audio interface to power it. A computer cable connection is not sufficient. IGN should not be distributing misinformation like this.

    Arthur TisserontArthur Tisseront4 dagar sedan
  • I work for a vegas country radio station and we use the SM7B. It’s a tremendous mic, but it can absolutely be expensive for people getting a start. While it isn’t as flashy, I always recommend the Samson Q2U to people who are looking for a great sounding dynamic mic at a great price. It has both USB and XLR functionality too, for when you do want to eventually get into the XLR game.

    Ransom GarciaRansom Garcia4 dagar sedan
  • The SM7b section is highly inaccurate. The SM7b is a dynamic microphone, so it is made SPECIFICALLY to NOT use phantom power. It's possible to actually damage some Dynamic microphones with Phantom Power. Also, an XLR to USB cables will sound awful with the amount electrical noise it would create and it is not AT ALL capable of pushing the volume of the SM7b. The SM7b is one of the most gain hungry microphones on the market. Get a dedicated audio interface and a cloudlifter.

    KosslerKossler4 dagar sedan
  • This is soo terrible, reccomends garbage usb mics with way better options, recommends an sm7b with an xlr to usb cable WHEN ITS -59DB SENSITIVITY, you're gonna have to crank up the gain to max and probably boost it in post and get noise, please don't trust this video.

    seayóseayó4 dagar sedan
  • No. No. No. No. No. No. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. DO NOT use an XLR to USB cable with the SM7B!!!!! Additionally the SM7b will not benefit from phantom power.

    PodcastagePodcastage4 dagar sedan
    • The police is here....

      ホニャスチャンネルHonyasu's ChannelホニャスチャンネルHonyasu's ChannelDag sedan
    • This is IGN. Did you expect them to actually know what they're talking about?

      swayzoneswayzone2 dagar sedan
    • Totally agree, the amout of line noise is crazy

      Jie XiangJie Xiang4 dagar sedan
    • Preach it, brother!

      InkgnitionInkgnition4 dagar sedan
    • @snarkel my thoughts exactly!

      Grant ChristnachtGrant Christnacht4 dagar sedan
  • You guys should of showed the Wave 1&3 since the software pretty much beats a lot of these mics for the price

    Guthrie MelchiadeGuthrie Melchiade4 dagar sedan
  • The first HyperX Quadcast is legit fire.

    lv Mystogan Da Bear vllv Mystogan Da Bear vl4 dagar sedan
  • They forgot about the mv7 by shure that’s a great mic it’s 250$ compared to the 400$ sm7b

    JerkyJerky4 dagar sedan
  • yeah... we REALLY need a LIGHT on a mic to improve sound quality LOL

    Jeremy JMIAH WilliamsonJeremy JMIAH Williamson4 dagar sedan
    • It really helps to see the sound waves

      15thCrypt15thCrypt4 dagar sedan
  • why dont buy 2i2 or motu m2 to plugin SM7B Instead of a cheap usb cable.

    于景川于景川5 dagar sedan
  • Ign budget mics... 399,pirce of a ps5

    JwayneAdamsJwayneAdams5 dagar sedan
  • i love this guy

    Gavin C.O.Gavin C.O.5 dagar sedan
    • he loves you!

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson4 dagar sedan
  • Wondering why the HyperX SoloCast hasn't been mentioned. Not everyone wants to spend £120+ on a microphone. The SoloCast outperforms what razer has to offer imo.

    OliverOliver5 dagar sedan
  • I recommend buying something like Audient EVO 4 for 100€ and some cheaper condenser mic mine first one was really cheap superlux for 40€ this will cost you around 140€ its a bit more expensive than hyperX microphone but in my opinion its mich better

    Andrej PokornyAndrej Pokorny5 dagar sedan
  • shure and razer sound similar lol

    NUGGER BOINUGGER BOI5 dagar sedan
  • all them compatible with ps5 ؟

  • When did ign become a tech channel?

    Maxim CryseriaMaxim Cryseria5 dagar sedan
  • I tried twitch. never got one viewer let alone 1 subscriber, no matter what i played or for how long....

    Cute PikachuCute Pikachu5 dagar sedan
  • Please do video camera's or webcams next

    PepperPete11PepperPete115 dagar sedan
  • what about the elgato wave 1 or 3?

    ydoesitmatterydoesitmatter5 dagar sedan
  • I have the HyperX and it's my first microphone. Love it so much and my husband got one as well

    gundamluvergundamluver5 dagar sedan
  • Elgato is nice too

    IZAKQIZAKQ5 dagar sedan
  • Still using my old school Blue Snowball. Honestly don't know how far behind the curve it is. I haven't made content in years.

    FrackFrack5 dagar sedan
  • Do not use phantom power on shure sm7b. It will not help and can potentially harm your mic. You will need a Mic activator such as cloudlifter cl1 or klark teknik cm1.

    Greg blackGreg black5 dagar sedan
  • When I closed my eyes I heard kermit

    Ginja NuttahGinja Nuttah5 dagar sedan
  • Just say $400.

    Blynn BeltranBlynn Beltran5 dagar sedan
    • NEVER!

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
  • Awesome vid, and this type of content I wish IGN keeps doing

    Pizza Planet AlienPizza Planet Alien5 dagar sedan
  • Me thinking that all three sounded the same

    ThatRedHairedDudeThatRedHairedDude5 dagar sedan
  • Acoustically treating your environment and having a quality preamp is way more important than what mic you use, but do make sure to pick XLR over USB as USB will always be inferior. AT2020 is a cheap starter mic yet can still provide professional audio quality for like only $100. Honestly that's all you really need but if you want a top tier mic and can blow $1000 the TLM103 is a favorite among voice actors. Although if you're trying to go for a deep or soothing or commercial sound the MKH416 is worth considering too. If you're a voice actor a quality recording setup is important, but if you're a content creator do know this should be at the bottom of your priority list. Poor audio is not what's bringing you down, it's probably your thumbnails or content or video length. On a final note, if you're deadset on a USB mic, the Samsung Meteor is a cheaper better Yeti and is highly portable, I use it if I'm on vacation but still absolutely need to send in audio for a gig and the client is willing to accept mediocre sound quality. Anyway I hope all this helps, best of luck!

    KyotosomoKyotosomo5 dagar sedan
  • Just upgraded to the SM7B a couple weeks ago. Love it to death.

    Kaamel MathisKaamel Mathis5 dagar sedan
  • Recently got the elgato wave 3 and I love it

    Juan ParamoJuan Paramo5 dagar sedan
    • Yeah that’s my first choice

      BKLYN Gamer 77BKLYN Gamer 775 dagar sedan
  • Phantom power has absolutely no impact on a Shure SM7B as its a dynamic mic!

    Alex HempsallAlex Hempsall5 dagar sedan
    • @Brian Gomez Not every XLR mic needs separate power.

      James MalloyJames Malloy4 dagar sedan
    • @Alex Hempsall interesting. Thanks

      Brian GomezBrian Gomez5 dagar sedan
    • @Brian Gomez nope dynamic mics need no power at all. Condensers need power to charge the plates/diaphragm. As the diaphragm moves with the sound hitting it, the capacitance between the diaphragm and the charged plates varies producing the signal. Dynamic mics rely on sound hitting a membrane attached to a coil which moves over a magnet in conjunction with sound waves creating the signal by electromagnetic induction.

      Alex HempsallAlex Hempsall5 dagar sedan
    • does not every XLR mic require separate power to use since it's not getting powered through USB? Pretty sure that means a mixer or interface of some sort for phantom power. Or are you confusing that with say, a mic activator like a Cloudlifter?

      Brian GomezBrian Gomez5 dagar sedan
  • Rose and Sennheiser is waaaay better than this crap!

    indieANERindieANER5 dagar sedan
  • Please do more videos like this

    Briie TsaiBriie Tsai5 dagar sedan
  • i would say this a better list: samson q2u USB $69.99 mxl 990 + behringer um2 AI $150 shure mv7 USB $250 Rode procaster + rode AI-1 $360 Shure sm7b + cloud lifter + focusrite scarlett solo $680

    wmosleycr7wmosleycr75 dagar sedan
  • Dude you don't want to throw an XLR to USB on that shure mic. --Also getting a mixer? -No, get yourself a soundcard, Behringer, makes cheap ones, M-audio makes cheap ones, and Focusrite makes the most popular with it's Scarlett series. This dude isn't exactly misinformed but that microphone is not plug-n-play ready like he makes it seem.

    D AddisonD Addison5 dagar sedan
    • Dude, I’m testing tech. XLR to USB is an option. I didn’t recommend it, I just let everyone know that there’s an item out there that can convert XLR to USB. Definitely not recommended, and I really doubt anyone who is looking at the Shure would even consider it as an option. But it’s our job to be thorough, especially since the other mics presented are USB types. And I don’t know why you’d say “no” to getting a mixer. Some folks, like myself, produce podcasts and need more than one XLR input for additional mics. I’m far from misinformed, my guy.

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
  • Whut dis todo wit content? Wth!? Voice=content?

    Konstantin GrebennikovKonstantin Grebennikov5 dagar sedan
  • What's with the plants?

    MumblinGamerMumblinGamer6 dagar sedan
    • @Akeem Lawanson alot of things.

      MumblinGamerMumblinGamer5 dagar sedan
    • What’s your issue with plants?

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
  • That room looks cozy, man. I love all the plants

    Di General (Why do people always argue in my reply/comment section)Di General (Why do people always argue in my reply/comment section)6 dagar sedan
  • El Gato Wave 3 especially with the Wave link software!

    AJ ZoroAJ Zoro6 dagar sedan
  • dont forget about the Samson G Track Pro..! bought one a month ago and its amazing only like $130 as well from sweetwater

    Soigne WestSoigne West6 dagar sedan
  • Elgato Wave 3.. Your Welcome Everyone.

    Cookee MonstRCookee MonstR6 dagar sedan
    • @BKLYN Gamer 77 no prob. ! Highly recommend it and totally worth especially since the software for the mic is a Mixer that lets u control each and every sound for every app seperately.

      Cookee MonstRCookee MonstR4 dagar sedan
    • Thank you!

      BKLYN Gamer 77BKLYN Gamer 775 dagar sedan
  • Razor won for sound quality but me like the hyperX

    Godstime AgbongiagueGodstime Agbongiague6 dagar sedan
  • Are there any mics out there that don’t require me to have a boom arm in my face? One that I can have 2-3 feet away? I heard I should look into shotgun mics.

    Asian ImportAsian Import6 dagar sedan
    • You just gotta get a low-profile mic arm, like they use in radio studios.

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
    • Get a elgato wave

      YoungHoratioYoungHoratio6 dagar sedan
  • you should've also included the gpro x by Logitech

    Tony FightsTony Fights6 dagar sedan
  • Blue Yeti for me

    The Blind LeaderThe Blind Leader6 dagar sedan
  • I got the HyperX Quadcast 2 years ago when it launched. It’s the best mic I’ve used and still holding up very well and I see no reason at all to upgrade.

    Killa-King KongKilla-King Kong6 dagar sedan
  • saving everyone buying the sieren. dont get it, get the hyper x solocast.

    malevxlentmalevxlent6 dagar sedan
  • Honestly I just use the mic that's built-in to the PS5 control, it sounds better than the PlayStation headset

    Miguel RodriguezMiguel Rodriguez6 dagar sedan
  • Bad Mic Testing. They all sound "great" but you didn't show to what extent background noise can be heard.

    waalex11waalex116 dagar sedan
  • I dont hear much difference. I like the rgb one though cause RGB lol.

    MonsterMonster6 dagar sedan
  • Super happy with my sm7b. Nothing compares to it's audio quality imo

    DataiconroyDataiconroy6 dagar sedan
  • imagine the elgato wave not being on here, ign knows nothing

    F0zzybe3arF0zzybe3ar6 dagar sedan
    • @Akeem Lawanson I have a lot of happiness in my life thanks.

      F0zzybe3arF0zzybe3ar5 dagar sedan
    • @F0zzybe3ar lol, ooook 😂 hope you find some happiness in your life. buh'bye 👋🏾

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
    • @Akeem Lawanson I'm not your bud :)

      F0zzybe3arF0zzybe3ar5 dagar sedan
    • @F0zzybe3ar no worries, bud! Remain blessed :)

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
    • @Akeem Lawanson already lost any respect for you by calling me fanboy. You should stay away from doing videos like this.

      F0zzybe3arF0zzybe3ar5 dagar sedan
  • The regular razer seiren is also very worth the price. I have it and it is well worth $80 for all microphone needs.

    Louis GabayLouis Gabay6 dagar sedan
  • Have a jlab talk go for zoom meetings and everyone comments how clear I sound.

    Sam MitchellSam Mitchell6 dagar sedan
  • just get a bm-800

    TurbosoggyTurbosoggy6 dagar sedan
  • I really wish you had thrown in a review of the yeti that you are using in this review. I was thinking of getting one. Thanks

    Lorna DuneLorna Dune6 dagar sedan
    • @Lorna Dune no prob!

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
    • @Akeem Lawanson thanks for the additional information

      Lorna DuneLorna Dune5 dagar sedan
    • We unfortunately had to cut that portion out. But the yeti is a great choice, the sound is comparable to the HyperX Quadcast mic and similar features

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
  • For an sm7b, it'll cost you a total of 600 for every equipment to operate the mic

    wryanne vanornumwryanne vanornum6 dagar sedan
    • It’s quite expensive, but you’re investing in yourself and your craft. It’ll all last you for years

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
  • Thanks IGN! You appeared just when i was thinking on starting a stream. Please do a headset recommendation video :)

    Julio TorresJulio Torres6 dagar sedan
  • Will the hyper x mic pick up when about 22-24 inches aways dont want the mic directly infront of me

    MrRabidchipmunk69 bananaMrRabidchipmunk69 banana6 dagar sedan
    • Yeah, you just have to adjust the gain

      Akeem LawansonAkeem Lawanson5 dagar sedan
  • I use Hyper X and it just fantastic especially it affordable prices. It has a built in filter too! I end up replacing my Blue Yeti with that.

    Jay CeeJay Cee6 dagar sedan
  • I don't know if I should like or not. The video is nice, but the test at the end all 3 comparisons were not captured at the same time but the same sentence repeated somewhat differently each time per microphone.

    Bhuvan Kumar GunesseeBhuvan Kumar Gunessee6 dagar sedan
  • Do any work with Xbox series x?

    KruegerxKruegerx6 dagar sedan
  • Im glad yalls released this

    Junior TshangaseJunior Tshangase6 dagar sedan
  • I use the Gaming Freak Chanter Bullet. A pretty great plug and play mic that costs less than 50 bucks.

    Nassah DeysNassah Deys6 dagar sedan
  • Bruv they are still expensive for me

    R3l0ADR3l0AD6 dagar sedan
  • We need this video as everyone recommends blue yeti but it's getting old and there's better and cheaper mics now

    DayderlawDayderlaw6 dagar sedan
    • I've got a Blue Spark digital and it's STILL badassery, but it's made for audio vocals in music. However, it'll connect to any device with USB, lightning, or micro USB. The quality is better than ALL of these combined too.

      Jeremy JMIAH WilliamsonJeremy JMIAH Williamson4 dagar sedan
  • I genuinely don't hear a difference between any of them

    GrompGromp6 dagar sedan
  • I want RGB on I have no choice but to pick the HyperX one.

    Rem RensRem Rens6 dagar sedan
  • What if I want to make an attempt at abridging an anime series? Which mic is best for that?

    arbknight12arbknight126 dagar sedan
  • I have a yeti but that RGB mic I neeeeeeeed it

    PlayHarderScrubPlayHarderScrub6 dagar sedan
  • i use a shure sm58 with a focusrite and thats way cheaper than the shure in this video

    Alexander VangAlexander Vang6 dagar sedan
  • Content creation...foh. Sounds like SEworldrs or streamers are scientists / have meaningful work. Making a video is now something special. Consumers praise them then. Slaves.

    Herr BzzzdHerr Bzzzd6 dagar sedan
  • I think calling them cheap is a bit misleading ir entitled lol, I have the Hyper X and I really love it, very clear sounding with builtin popfilter

    Z OZ O6 dagar sedan
    • How is the background noise pick up? I have the Wave 3 right now and the mic picks up just about everything and has a very annoying "wind" type of sound in the background that is very loud even though I am in a dead quite room with no fan on.

      KinG x STuDxKinG x STuDx6 dagar sedan
  • I have the Audio-Technica AT2020 ($100) cardioid mic plugged into a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd gen ($110). It's a great combo especially for musicians, and works very well with the Air mode on the Scarlett Solo. If I had the budget I'd pick the Shure SM7B though, that's a mic that you'll find in just about any professional recording or broadcasting studio.

    DrasticBreadDrasticBread6 dagar sedan
  • How do you determine whether a mic requires a phantom power or not?

    Jason ShepherdJason Shepherd6 dagar sedan
    • It will say so in the manual or the sellers site. The base is that dynamic mics don't need it and condensers do. But some condensers have their own power supply (like tube mics). And usb mics generally don't need it.

      wsl107wsl1076 dagar sedan
  • Hyperx solocast?

    Hill EyesHill Eyes6 dagar sedan
  • The Sure is a huge step up from the mics that proceeded it interms of sound quality.

    Screen FiendsScreen Fiends6 dagar sedan
    • What?

      RayDHDRayDHD6 dagar sedan
  • Nothing ign recommends

    TharjaTharja6 dagar sedan
  • Me with my 3$ mic :')

    Araara SenPaiAraara SenPai6 dagar sedan
  • really IGN, a video about "the best mic" and the audio sounds hollow af?? 😅😅

    Marcel LasajMarcel Lasaj6 dagar sedan
    • The only upside is that you do hear that a dynamic mic has less problems with an untreated room

      wsl107wsl1076 dagar sedan
  • Remember guys, you can make a cheap microphone sound 10+ times better with EQ & compression. No need to spend money on the most expensive gear unless you really want to make that choice.

    Atomic_YinAtomic_Yin6 dagar sedan
  • I had a microphone Idea that you can put attachments on it so you can make different sounds with your voice... The most simple design is a flute that attaches to the microphone it allows you to play the flute at it's best sound without worrying about sound quality because the instrument is too far away

    Keeppositive GamerKeeppositive Gamer6 dagar sedan
  • What about the Jlab Microphones?? They start at $50-$150.

    MeMasterTankerMeMasterTanker6 dagar sedan
  • SM7B for life yo

    MattMatt6 dagar sedan