Top 5 streaming microphones for beginners

Hi Everyone,

CyanCloud from the Elite team here. A very common first step for many streamers is finding a microphone that provides a professional, high quality sound, that doesn't end up with a hole in your pocket. Fortunately, we live in a time where there's hundreds of different microphones to choose from in the market, but too many options can make it more difficult. Therefore, I'll be reviewing what we believe to be 5 of the best microphones you can find in the market based on user friendliness, audio quality, and price while staying under $100, so you can provide a professional experience for your viewers and keep your bank account happy.

Before I outline our selections, it's important to note that during these trying times, microphones are in an economically inflated state due to low supply across many sites. Therefore, some of the prices may not currently reflect the listed amounts below.


Tech Specs:

Microphone Type: Condenser

Polar Patterns: Cardioid

Frequency Response: 20-20kHz

The Fifine USB Podcast microphone provides great value with a low price point suited with strong sound quality. The microphone benefits from USB plug and play, making it very easy for anyone to pick up. Although this mic won't compete in sound quality when it comes to the following options, you'll still be loud and clear to your audience, providing a great stream experience.

4 - Samson Meteor around $70:

Tech Specs:

Microphone Type: Condenser

Polar Patterns: Cardioid

Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz

The Samson Meteor is a very unique USB microphone with a sturdy build and strong audio quality. It has neatly built tripod that conveniently folds up to store or protect the mic when not in use. The sound quality is highly acclaimed for USB mics, and is another simple plug and play product for beginners. It also includes a built-in stereo headphone jack to monitor your input with zero latency. Overall this is a strong contending mic that fronts a unique design and meets all qualifications for a high-quality stream.

3 - Shure SM58 around $100:

Tech Specs:

Microphone Type: Dynamic

Polar Patterns: Cardioid

Frequency Response: 50Hz - 15kHz

Although visually different than the rest of the selection, the SM58 is renowned as one of the top-rated vocal microphones out there. Much like the MXL 770, this mic will also require XLR cables and a mixer/audio interface which does add to the final cost. Nevertheless, this mic lives up to all the hype with its incredible durability and sound quality. There's very little chance that any background noise will be picked up which is always a huge plus. Lastly, it's clear that this is labeled as a singer’s microphone but slap a stand on it and it'll be one of the best streaming mics you can own.

2 - MXL 770 around $75:

Tech Specs:

Microphone Type: Condenser

Polar Patterns: Cardioid

Frequency Response: 30Hz - 20kHz

The MXL 770 is a fantastic and affordable condenser microphone with phenomenal sound quality for any streamer. Much like the SM58, this is not a USB microphone and does require the purchase of XLR cables, power supply, and mixer/audio interface which does add to the price point. Furthermore, this mic does have a learning curve as the setup isn't as straight forward to get the high-quality streaming/podcast quality that’s expected. A nice addition of the 770 is the high pass filter switch, allowing the user to remove unwanted low audio frequencies to help clean up the audio just a touch for that next step up. Nonetheless, if you feel confident in your audio software knowledge and want a high-quality mic, look no further for one of the best affordable options in the market.

1 - Blue Snowball iCE around $50:

Tech Specs:

Microphone Type: Condenser

Polar Patterns: Cardioid and Omni-directional

Frequency Response: 40 –18 kHz

The Blue Snowball iCE is one of the more well known in the market, and for a good reason. This microphone packs a crisp audile punch while being extremely user friendly for beginners. Simply plug in the USB and you're good to go with no software required. This mic does a fantastic job at reducing background noise, echo, and feedback to ensure high quality sound with little to no interruptions. The mic also includes cardioid and omni-directional modes which is nice, but as a streamer, you'll likely be sticking with cardioid. For these reasons, we believe this is one of the best entry microphones to purchase as the amount of knowledge required to utilize the equipment is minimal while providing professional audio.

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