If you’re building your own studio, it is of crucial importance to get good quality auxiliary gear like a nice microphone arm. It will give you the freedom and comfort you need to get your creations to the next level.
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If you are playing an instrument like guitar or piano/keyboards and want to record your voice, you really can’t skip the microphone arm. The characteristics of this device are very important, in order to get the best recording possible without vibrations and jitter. A good microphone arm is also providing a feel of quality, staying in the position you set it with no complications.
And it’s not only about the rack-mounted effects, good computers or audio interfaces. You should never overlook the basic stuff, like having the very best mic arm you can.
But the thing about boom microphone arms is that there are so many products to choose from these days that it’s getting hard to find the right one for you. We have selected the ones that are appealing for us, from Amazon’s current listings. There are actually three “winners”, one Budget Choice, which is about the cheapest you can get and still work with it fine, one Overall Choice and one Value Choice, the latter being the one you should get if you don’t have any special needs and can afford it.
Over the last few years or so, we’ve seen the rise of famous YouTubers and it seems that many other people are trying their luck in this field.
They, or at least the ones that aspire for greatness are using good microphones in order to sound great, especially on headphones where a bad quality microphone can simply ruin the viewer’s overall experience. Especially true for podcasts and content where only the voice is heard.
But even a good microphone is not so good if it is not placed properly and if it not seated correctly on a firm surface. People use their hands for gestures and to manipulate other tools like the computer, to show the viewer’s their content, so it’s only logical to see the increased number of these products on the market.
In order to make it easier for everyone, we decided to do some digging and find the best microphone stands out there. Please note that this list is continually updated in order to reflect current market status.
Whether you’re doing regular studio work or are trying to find a perfect stand for your YouTube videos or podcasts, these will most definitely come in handy.
So without further ado, here’s a breakdown of our favorite mic stands:
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Standard 5/8”-27 Mic Threads for Connecting Most Podcast and Vocal Microphones, Including Shure SM7B, Shure MV7 Models
Built in Cables Included: None, but it has a separate connection at the microphone end to prevent wear and tear on the mic connector.
Our Score: 9.5 Max Load Capacity: Spring-Loaded Articulating Arm with 2.4 lbs./1.1 kg Max Weight Capacity & 38.6“/980mm Max Extension Mounting Options: Mounts or Clamps to Desks, Tables & Similar-Sized Surfaces 2. 17”/55mm Max in Thickness Close Alternative Model:
The NW-35 can come in a few different bundles. One of the versions features an integrated XLR cable which definitely comes in handy.
Overall, it’s a decently built boom arm that won’t fail on you and that will keep the microphone at the desired height.
We found it’s swivel mount to be quite smooth when adjusting from side to side, which is great for long and live recordings.
It comes with a solid table mounting clamp and a shock mount.
In terms of cables, the Neewer NW-35 comes with a XLR male to female cable built into the tubes of the stand, which is great since it hides all cables, however, please note that if you plan to use your computer to record the audio, you’ll need to plugin in an audio interface to convert the XLR cable to USB.
For this price, you’ll definitely be satisfied with the quality.
Price Range: $
RØDE Microphones, Blue Yeti, and others compatible if bought with shock mount.
Built in Cables Included: XLR Male to Female.
Our Score: 8.7 Max Load Capacity: 35oz / 1 kg Mounting Options: Clamp Close Alternative Model:
Now, the InnoGear Mic Stand is a bit more serious.
Even though it’s well-built and supports even some heavier microphones, it weighs only 3.6 pounds.
What’s really great about this InnoGear microphone boom arm is that springs are inside of the square steel tube construction, and not the outside.
This not only gives it great looks but also makes it very stable. You won’t have any trouble keeping balance with this one. The 5/8-inch thread adapter is also included with the stand. Plus it comes with cable ties.
Pretty well-built, stable, flexible, and looks great.
We have one minor complaint: The swivel mount doesn’t really work well.
You have to loosen the screw of the base boom to adjust from left to right. Once you that it works fine though.
Heil Sound PL-2T is also another one of those arms with internal springs.
Although the brand is not well known, this microphone arm is a good bang for the buck.
One of its great features is that the top and the backplates can be removed for proper cable threading. It also comes with the standard C-clamp mount and can accept both shock mounts or 5/8-inch threaded clips.
This boom arm can hold microphones of up to 3.5 pounds (slightly below 1.6 kilograms), which is pretty impressive.
However, putting on just a little extra won’t do any harm either. It’s a fairly solid and stable piece that is relatively affordable.
Up next, we have the Blue Compass Premium. It’s also an arm with both the springs and the cables hidden inside.
However, this one is a bit more practical since it features simplified construction.
This also gives it a very sleek design and allows you to keep things tidy.
The Blue Compass Premium is intended for Yeti or any other professional broadcast microphones and is compatible with standard shock mounts.
It allows full 360-degree rotation and a maximum horizontal reach of 32 inches. Since it has a very silent operation, it’s a popular boom arm for Twitch streamers and it’s fairly known within the YouTube creator community.
Despite the affordable price, Knox Gear Microphone Suspension Arm stand is a pretty solid boom arm. Also it s a bit different than the rest due to its suspension arm design. We find in interesting and depending on your furniture setup, useful.
It’s considered to be an entry-level product, but it’s proven to be useful thanks to its internal spring construction, and stability.
The most impressive feature (and its strongest point) is the fact that it can hold microphones that weigh up to 5 pounds.
If you want to have a decent boom arm for heavier microphones without busting a bank, you should definitely look into this one.
However, it might be a bit of a downside that you have to attach the cable via velcro strips. On the up-side, it includes 5/8 to 3/8-inch thread adapter
While significantly more expensive than the other stands on this list, the K&M 23860 is a fully professional microphone arm and represents the highest quality entry in this list.
It might not be a famous brand, but it’s certainly a high-end piece and some of the biggest YouTubers have been using it for some time.
It’s an all-tube steel stand with an XLR cable integrated into the construction.
The reach is pretty impressive, up to 37 inches, and it easily holds up microphones of up to 3.2 pounds with perfect stability. It might get a bit pricy, well over $200, but it’s most definitely worth every penny if you want to go pro.