If you’re building your own studio, it is of crucial importance to get good quality gear.

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.

Product NameMain FeaturesOur RatingPrice
Editor’s Budget Choice
Neewer NW-35
– Clamp Mount
– Built in XLR Cable
– Shock Mount
– Holds up to 53oz / 1.5kg
9.2Under 50$
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InnoGear Microphone Stand
– Clamp Mount
– Cable ties included
– Shock Mount
– Adapters for Blue Yeti and other models included
8.7Under 50$
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Editor’s Overall Choice
Rode PSA1
– Clamp Mount
– Insert Mount
– Shock Mount
– Velcro ties for cables
– Holds up to 70oz / 2kg
9.5Under 100$
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Knox Gear Professional Microphone Studio Stand
– Clamp Mount
– Shock Mount
– Compatible with almost all microphone brands
– Includes ties for cables
– Holds up to 80oz / 2.25kg
9.1Under 50$
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Heil Sound PL-2T
– Clamp Mount
– Holds up to 56oz / 1.6kg
8.5100$ to 150$
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Blue Compass Premium Tube-Style Broadcast Boom Arm
– Clamp Mount
– Built in cable management
– Made specifically for the Blue Yeti
8.9/5Under 100$
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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.

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.

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:

#1- Rode PSA1- Best 360 Degree Rotation Option [OVERALL WINNER]

Rode PSA1 at a Glance

Price Range: $$
Mic Compatibility: RØDE Microphones, Blue Yeti, and others compatible if bought with shock mount.
Built in Cables Included: None, only velcro support for cable included
Our Score: 9.5
Max Load Capacity: 70oz / 2 kg
Mounting Options: Clamp (for desks up to 55mm thick) and Insert (up to 70mm thick tables)
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After much deliberating, we’ve decided to award the Rode PSA1 with the title of best mic boom arm for the year of 2020.

3 main characteristics made us choose the PSA1:

  • Firstly and foremost it’s a sturdy and durable arm. The kind of arm that you buy once and own for life
  • Its simple design looks good in any setup. It’s light, but can hold up mics weighing up to 4.4lbs (70oz or 2 kg).
  • Its a professional grade mic arm at a relatively affordable price.

Compared with some of the other models in this list, the Rode PSA1 microphone boom arm has more of a classic design and the cables are tightened up to it with velcro tapes, rather than built in to the tubing.

While this might feel as an untidy solution to some, we found it to have very little effect in the overall look of the arm and it provides way more flexibility and ease of use when switching up your setup and cables.

All in all, it’s a quality boom arm that allows stable operation, full 360 degree rotation, and a solid vertical and horizontal reach.

The Rode PSA1 also fairly light, somewhere around 3.84 pounds and can hold microphones that weigh up to 2.4 pounds. It also comes with the 3/8 to 5/8-inch thread adapter for microphones.

Overall, it’s a solid choice for mid-range podcast and streaming setups.

Here’s a quick look at how to set it up:

#2- Neewer NW-35- The Best Budget Microphone Arm [BUDGET CHOICE]

Neewer NW-35 at a Glance

Price Range: $
Mic Compatibility: Not compatible with Blue Yeti
Built in Cables: XLR Male to Female.
Our Score: 9.2
Max Load Capacity:53oz / 1.5KG
Mounting Options:
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This is somewhat of a cheaper product if you don’t feel like investing a lot of capital in a boom arm stand right away.

Before we being our analysis, it is important to note that this mic arm is not compatible with the blue yeti mic.

This is a major flaw as the blue yeti is a super popular mic, but we still consider this to be one of the best mic arms in the market.

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.

#3- Pyle Suspension Microphone Boom Stand Pro PMKSH04

Pyle PMKSH04 at a Glance

Price Range: $
Mic Compatibility: 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:
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Another cheaper arm, the Pyle PMKSH04 is somewhat of a beginner to intermediate product that is a great solution for those looking for a budget friendly option.

Nothing too fancy really, as it features that standard classic design with springs on the outside.

However, it holds up well, the clamp is fairly solid, and it comes with a shock mount and a cable threaded through its construction.

And even though it’s a light stand, it can hold the famous Blue Yeti microphone, which is not light.

Those who use this boom arm are pretty satisfied with it.

The PMKSH04 has some great features for the price of around $30.

#4- InnoGear Microphone Stand

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.

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.

#5- Heil Sound PL-2T- Best Home Studio Option

Heil Sound PL-2T is also another one of those arms with internal springs.

Although the brand is not well known, this one 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.

#6- Blue Compass Premium- Designer Option

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.

#7- Knox Boom Microphone Stand

Despite the affordable price, Knox Boom stand is a pretty solid boom arm.

It’s considered to be an entry-level product, but it’s proven to be useful thanks to its full rotation, 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.

#8- K&M 23860- Best Professional Microphone Arm

While significantly more expensive than the other stands on this list, the K&M 23860 is a fully professional microphone arm.

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.

#9- ON-STAGE MBS5000

The on-stage MBS5000 is our go to mic boom for podcasts and broadcasting.

From the products we tried, it was the best budget boom arm in terms of durability and build quality.

With two springs, it allows to fix mics and other devices (such as tablets) of up to 3.5lbs.

A common setup with this model is to buy a couple of them and have a tablet in one arm and a mic in the other.

It comes with a 10′ XLR cable, so if your mic setup is UBS, beware that you will have to have some interface or digital converter to plug into your laptop.

In terms of installation, the on-starage MBS500 comes with two options:

  • A C-Style clamp for surfaces up to 2″ thick
  • A flange mount for permanent fixtures

It’s a pretty durable boom arm with square tubing, and in our opinion, well-worth the 50 bucks it costs.

Final Thoughts

Microphone stands are a relatively cheap piece of gear that can be a great addition for podcast production, or any kind of voice-over work.

In our experience, the cheap mic boom arms tend to break easily, and we thus recommend going over the 100$ mark.

However, this is up to you. If you’re a beginner looking to dip your toes in the podcasting world, the entry level options such as the Newer N35 are still a great option.

As always, we welcome your feedback in the comment section.