The Best Wireless Handheld Microphones

A little roundup on the best handheld wireless mics in the market

As we venture into the big world of wireless microphones, today we wanted to focus on one of the most common ‘types’ — the handheld wireless mic. Although these are known to have a pretty large budget, especially when we get into advanced wireless mic systems that professionals use on stage, there are also some decent models we’ve been able to find and recommend over the years that don’t cost an arm and a leg. We tried to get a balance in our list below. Let’s get into the best handheld wireless microphones.

The Best Wireless Handheld Microphones

Shure QLXD24/SM58

Simply the best handheld wireless microphone

To kick off our guide, we wanted to find simply a reliable wireless mic system by a brand that we trust. As some come with multiple handheld mics, these here includes one of Shure’s most famous mics ever with the SM58, a very powerful QLXD2 transmitter, two antennas, two BNC cables, two BNC bulkhead adapters, power supply and rackmount kit. In terms of specifications, this handheld wireless microphone system has a dynamic range of 120 dB, operating range of 330 feet, sensitivity of 145dB and a frequency response of 50Hz – 15kHz. It also has a backlit LCD which shows AF and RF levels, menu, navigation, etc. and its battery life is nine hours.

Its Ethernet port lets multiple receivers to network together for frequency coordination through Shure’s Wireless Workbench software in case you need to set up an entire network or perhaps pair up with a few more. The SM58 microphone delivers quality sound when it comes to sound isolation, and wirelessly it is clear and accurate audio with the stable solid RF signal. The Shure QLXD24/SM58 is a professional dynamic cardioid UHF handheld wireless microphone with a high range price tag, but an amazing solution if you can afford it.

Audio Technica ATW-1322 System 10 Pro

The best wireless handheld microphone if you need two

Next up, the Audio Technica ATW-1322 System 10 Pro is a professional dual channel hyper-cardioid dynamic digital wireless handheld microphone. It comes with ATW-RC13 rack-mount receiver chassis, two ATW-RU13 slide-in receiver units and two ATW-T1002 transmitters. The transmitters can run for up to 7 hours on battery with an operating range of up to 200 feet, has a frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz and its operating frequency is between 2400 and 2483.5 MHz.

The removable receiver units can be mounted remotely and work at a range of up to 328 feet away via Ethernet cable. Regarding sound quality, this microphone has a clear 24-bit / 48 kHz digital audio and the receiver features automatic frequency selection. The Audio Technica ATW-1322 also most notably features triple diversity: Space Diversity, Time Diversity and Frequency Diversity.

Sennheiser XSW 1-835

Sennheiser's highly rated wireless handheld mic

This microphone has a warm, smooth sound and is easy to use. This system can operate up to ten channels at the same time and features automatic frequency management and synchronizing. The Sennheiser XSW 1-835 system operates at a frequency range of UHF 548 – 572 MHz.

In terms of pickup range, it has a frequency response of 80Hz – 16kHz with a battery life of 10 hours. It includes a receiver with built-in antennas, a vocal microphone and a mic clamp. This mic is ideal for vocalists as it features a gentle boost to help brighten vocals and give them presence. The Sennheiser XSW 1-835 is a professional handheld dynamic cardioid microphone with a price in the mid-range.

Shure BLX288/PG58

Another Shure model to keep in mind on your search

Here’s another beautiful wireless handheld microphone by Shure, and this comes with one BLX88 dual channel receiver, two of their PG58 handheld transmitters (mics), two microphone clips and power supply. The receiver comes with built-in antennas, has a two-color LED indicator for audio status and features the QuickScan technology that searches for and chooses the best frequency available. The Shure BLX288/PG58 system can run up to 12 compatible systems per band.

We really recommend this one if you have more than one performer or speaker, although the SM58 is a better mic altogether, the PG58 still brings us some great power and flexibility. This system operates at a frequency range of up to 300 feet and it has a frequency range of 572 – 596 MHz and frequency response of 50Hz – 15kHz. Whereas the microphone has a frequency response of 50Hz – 16kHz. The Shure BLX288/PG58 is another professional, dependable, dynamic super cardioid wireless handheld microphone with great quality sound.

Sennheiser EW 100 G4-835-S

The last pick in this guide for handheld wireless microphones

The Sennheiser EW 100 G4-835-S is a wireless handheld microphone system that comes with a SKM 100 G4-S dynamic cardioid wireless transmitter with the mute feature and runs for up to eight hours on battery; one EM 100 G4 rackmount receiver that has two removable antennas, an LCD display; microphone clip and a power supply. This system can run up to 12 compatible systems per band at the same time. The microphone has a frequency response of 80Hz – 18kHz and sensitivity of 154dB.

The system operates at a range of up to 330 feet and has a frequency range of UHF 566 – 608 MHz. It features automatic frequency scan to search for available frequencies, amplified AF frequency range and increased range for sensitivity. It is equipped with the HDX device to improve the signal-to-noise ratio for transparent sound. The last pick as the best handheld wireless microphone in the market right now.

Concluding the Best Wireless Handheld Mics

Wireless microphones are known for having frequency issues; in other words, there are many handheld microphones that are unreliable. But as the wireless technology advances, a lot of wireless microphones are getting more reliable. No matter what, before buying one, check for frequency compatibility as you may have other wireless systems in your setup.

In this article you will find a variety of some of the best professional wireless microphones that are reliable and have different price range, but for the money you are paying, you are getting more quality than the value. Some of these microphones can be used for broadcasting, some for live shows, at home, karaoke, etc. We hope the guide helped your search.

The Best Wireless Microphones Under $200

Our list of the best wireless mics under 200 dollars

Having no cables attached, wireless microphones operate through built-in battery-operated radio transmitters that convey the audio signal from the microphone by radio waves to a nearby receiver unit, which then retrieves the audio for everybody else’s ears. It is very convenient and used specially by live performers, broadcasters, etc. We’ll admit, wireless microphones in general can get a bit hefty in price, since the technology used in the higher-end models isn’t cheap at all. This is one of the lowest ranges we’ll go in regards to price in this category, so in this article are going to talk about our favorite picks as the best wireless microphones under $200.

The Best Wireless Microphone Systems for Under $200

Rode Wireless GO

Our favorite wireless solution for $200 or less

Here’s a newer-age type of solution to a ‘wireless microphone’, although it isn’t completely traditional when it comes to just having a handheld mic and a transmitter in the box. There is actually a built-in condenser in this thing, and if you’re able to see fit for it’s use can be very efficient (think filmmakers, presenters, vloggers, or even those in the news industry).

The battery has a battery saver mode ensuring that the battery will not be drained when not in use. This wireless microphone system can achieve up to 70 meters of range when it is in direct line of sight. Its frequency range is 2.4 GHz, sensitivity is 100 dB, frequency response is 50Hz – 20kHz, self-noise is 21.8 dB, dynamic range is 100dBA. The Rode Wireless Go is a compact condenser omnidirectional wireless microphone system with rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that runs up to seven hours after a full charge.

Behringer ULM300MIC

Just another option in case the others haven't piqued your interest

Here’s one of our favorite wireless microphones under $200 if you needed that traditional one handheld microphone alongside a legit transmitter. It features combined volume buttons on the microphone transmitter for ease of adjustment when on stage, a handy mute function, warning indicator on the transmitter showing when it’s time to change the batteries, front panel LED on the receiver showing information about the signal strength and its presence, automatic pairing, microphone transmitter and a single-channel receiver. It has a frequency range of 2.4 GHz, operating range of 200 feet and a battery life of 24 hours. The Behringer ULM300MIC is another professional wireless dynamic microphone system under $200 the reviews will definitely back up.

Samson Concert 88x

A high-quality wireless handheld mic by Samson

The Samson Concert 88x is a headset wireless omnidirectional condenser microphone system for just under $200 featuring clear professional grade audio, a reliable operation via UHF band, tone key and auto mute functions that eliminate background noise, one touch scanning to search for available channels and infrared set that locks the transmitter and receiver together on the selected channel. Samson Concert 88x has a system frequency response of 50 Hz – 15 kHz, frequency range of 300 feet, sensitivity of 140 dB, LED display and a battery life of up to 8 hours when fully charged.

Saramonic Blink 500 B1

A different spin to wireless mics, but it may be what you're looking for

Here’s another different spin to what some may think is the ‘best wireless microphone system under $200’, and can be very useful for those who need something discreet and out of the way when you’re using it. The clip-on dual channel receiver here can be attached to a camera or paired with a mobile device. The user can either utilize the built-in mic in the clip-on transmitter or the lavalier mic that comes in the box.

The Blink 500 B1 has a frequency response of 20 Hz – 16 kHz, frequency range of 50 Hz – 18 kHz, operating range of 98 feet, sensitivity of 120 dB, frequency of 2.4 GHz and a built-in lithium ion battery that runs up to 5 hours on a full charge. All in all, the Saramonic Blink 500 B1 is an ultracompact wireless clip-on omnidirectional microphone system with high quality sound.

Behringer Ultralink ULM202USB

A great pick if you need two handheld wireless mics for under $200

The Behringer Ultralink ULM202USB is another great wireless dynamic microphone system but this time with two hand-held microphone transmitters and one 2.4 GHz USB receiver, all in the box for less than $200. It has a frequency response of 20Hz – 12kHz, operating range of 390 feet and an extended 2 x AA battery life of between 24-30 hours provided they are alkaline.

It’s good to note that there are lot of websites that contradict themselves when it comes to battery life by stating that it is 8 hours for each mic, but then, further down their website, they state that it is 30 hours. It will most likely the 8 hours so keep that in mind. This system features automatic pairing, panic mute feature, volume up and down buttons, battery level indicator. It’s great for karaoke, multiple performers in lower-budget performances, speakers, and more.

Samson GO Mic Mobile

One of the best wireless microphones under $200

Look into this wireless mic under $200 due to it’s smart phone compatibility without any type of middle-man. With this feature, the user can utilize their smartphone to capture pro-level video with high definition audio. This system has two microphone transmitter configurations which are the Q8 dynamic and the LM8 omnidirectional.

This system has a frequency response of 10Hz – 22kHz, frequency range of 2.4 GHz, operating range of 100 feet and the receiver has a rechargeable battery life of up to 13 hours. The Samson Go Mic Mobile is the first professional handheld microphone system that connects to smartphones with no interface or adaptor with a price tag of just under $200, great for those who don’t need that regular handheld mic and transmitter but instead want to go full-on mobile.

Sennheiser XSW-D

A great wireless vocal set but may come at more of a cost

We have this one listed last because the price can go either way — we’ve seen it listed pretty randomly so we didn’t want to mislead in case the stores out there decided to up the price again. If it is indeed at an affordable price-tag for you, this one is amazing.

The Sennheiser XSW-D is a vocal set including XS 1 cardioid dynamic vocal microphone, mic clip, XSW-D female XLR transmitter, XSW-D male XLR receiver and USB-A to USB-C charging cable. This system features 2.4 GHz digital transmission, up to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge, 250 feet range in optical conditions, mute option from either transmitter or receiver, choice of different connector types, and the option to switch between multiple transmitters linked to one receiver. It’s by far one of the best wireless microphones under $200 if it is indeed priced there, hence our hesitance due to it being so sporadic.

The Best Condenser Microphones for Vocals

A big collection of our favorite vocal condenser mics

The amazing condenser microphones are the best type of microphone for recording pretty much any source you need, mainly due to it’s sensitivity in being able to pickup very fine detail of what is directed at it, as well as the power it can provide when it comes to flexibility of sound and how we want to shape our recordings (and performances). Although most condensers out there are great for vocals, we tried to pin-point some of our favorites for those needing to focus on one sound source — the voice! Below is in our opinion a list of the best vocal condenser microphones in the market today.

The Best Vocal Condenser Microphones

Warm Audio WA-47

A fan favorite when it comes to condenser vocal microphones

Up first, we have a versatile condenser microphone for vocals with nine polar patterns including cardioid, omni and figure 8. Its custom 47-style k47 capsule gives this microphone its warm sound that many purchase it for, being that the tube skeleton inside gives us that vintage audio transmission.

Regarding specs, it has a dynamic range of 130 dBA, sensitivity of 140 dB, frequency range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz, impedance of 200 Ohms and S/N ratio of 82 dBA. It comes with a shock mount, an IEC power cable and a presentable wooden box. The Warm Audio WA-47 is a large diaphragm tube condenser microphone with huge and bold sound, and definitely one of our favorites for recording vocals.

Rode NTK

A condenser mic for vocals we've recommended countless times

This microphone is designed for studio professionals for recording purposes, and is a vocal condenser mic we’ve used ourselves countless times for the past decade. We’ve always been a fan of this vocal condenser because of it’s clean and accurate sound, along with great long-term stability since the build is so rugged. A very warm, almost old-school feel to the sound.

If you’re concerned with specifications, it has a sensitivity of 158dB, impedance of 200 Ohms, a frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz and S/N of 82dBA. It comes with 30’ multicore cable, a power supply, an M2 Stand mount, 3/8” -5/8” thread adapter, a carry case and 10-year extended warranty when you register this microphone. The Rode NTK is another dynamic, tube condenser microphone with very low noise, a natural and rich sound along with a bit of a touch of vintage feel as well.

Lauten Audio LA-320

A beautiful vocal condenser microphone

The Lauten Audio LA-320 is a professional and versatile cardioid tube condenser microphone with large diaphragm. It’s known for being built with high end components like a custom output transformer and polypropylene capacitors. It features dual triode vacuum tube, 120 Hz low cut and 12kHz high cut filters and a 1” gold sputtered dual diaphragm in k67-style design.

The overall sound here is key and great for vocals as it’s sensitivity really helps dial in those details and clarity. The Lauten Audio LA-320 has a frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz, sensitivity of 130dB, impedance of 200 Ohms and self-noise of 17dBA. It comes with a power supply and a 1-year limited warranty.

Neumann KMS 105

We wanted to recommend at least one condenser stage mic for vocals

The KMS 105 is a professional, studio quality supercardioid condenser handheld microphone for vocals. This mic has a clear sound with a hint of treble lift, very good resolution, extended frequency response and accurate transient detail.

The Neumann KMS 105 features an elastic shock mounted super cardioid capsule with three metal basket layers for excellent feedback rejection and high effective foam free pop filter. It includes a stand clamp and a pouch. Numbers wise, we have a frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz, sensitivity of 150 dB, impedance of 50 Ohms and S/N of 76 dBA.

Audio-Technica AT2020

A famous condenser mic for vocals at this point in time

The Audio Technica AT2020 is a versatile side-address cardioid condenser microphone, another one of our favorite mics we’ve used quite frequently, especially if you’re needing a condenser vocal mic that’s in the lower budget-range (we understand some of these can get up there).

Just a flat out clear condenser here, all for a couple hundred bucks. It has a custom designed low-mass diaphragm for superior transient response and extended frequency response. It features high SPL handling and wide dynamic range. Of course, has a frequency response of 20Hz – 20 kHz, dynamic range of 124dB, sensitivity of 144dB, impedance of 100 Ohms and S/N of 74dB. Lastly we have a package coming with a shock mount, a 5/8” -27 to 3/8” – 16 threaded adapter and a pouch.

AKG C414

Highly rated among musicians for years

AKG C414 is an XLS multipattern condenser microphone with large diaphragm with a price tag in the higher range. It features nine polar patterns: 5 main patterns and 4 in between patterns, which can be useful for studios who need some more flexibility. This makes AKG C414 XLS a versatile microphone from broadcasting, recording, live performance and great for vocals.

This vocal condenser mic has neutral sound. It has a frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz, impedance of 200 Ohms, sensitivity of 140dB, S/N of 88dBA and low cut filters: 40Hz, 80Hz and 160Hz. The AKG C414 XLS comes with a stand mount, a shock mount, a pop screen, a windscreen and a carry case.

Samson G-Track Pro

The best condenser microphone for vocals if you want a higher-end USB mic

Samson G-Track is a USB super cardioid condenser microphone with built-in audio interface and mixer for professional recording and a large 19mm diaphragm. It features simultaneous stereo input and gain control as well as switchable stereo, mono and computer monitoring via headphone output. We figured we’d at least recommend one USB mic in this guide considering they’re technically ‘condenser microphones’.

The Samson G-Track Pro has a frequency response of 20Hz – 16kHz, sensitivity of 120dB, instrument input impedance of 1M Ohms, bit depth of 16 or 24-bit and sample rate of up to 96kHz. The sample rate and audio resolution is what really impresses us here. It’s one of the highest (thus far) we’ve seen with USB mics, giving it a good shot at competing with at least a few true condensers out there. Its compatible with any DAW software program. It comes with a desktop microphone stand, a mic clip and complete cable set.

The Best Wireless Microphones for Under $100

A review of some top wireless mics under $100

Wireless microphones for under $100 may seem like a rarity, but surprisingly enough there are quite a few solid options in this price-point even though this category can get very, very expensive if you look around the market. Typically most wireless mics with this budget-range will only include wireless handheld mics and a few wireless lavalier microphones, so most picks below will cover those bases for you. We’ve seen these used in quite a few different environments and applications, such as karaoke, speeches, live music and more.

The Best Wireless Microphones Under $100

Behringer ULM300USB

The best wireless microphone under $100

The ULM300-USB kicks off our list well, and this one is a cardioid dynamic wireless USB microphone with a built-in transmitter and an auto pairing USB receiver. We have it first because it’s the only of it’s kind in this price-point right now, the others needing an actual receiver unit and not being compatible with a computer unless you use some other gear. This one has a super easy module which is essentially a USB stick. On the mic itself, It has volume control buttons, an on and off switch, and mute function. This microphone’s wireless broadcast range is 200 feet, it uses a license-free 2.4 GHz frequency band which doesn’t allow any cellphone towers or TV stations to interfere and can be used anywhere in the world.

It has an extended battery life of 24 hours and is suitable for broadcasters, vocalists, podcasters or announcers. The Behringer ULM300USB has a high-quality capsule with a very good sound reproduction. We see it hover around $100 or so but the price fluctuates quite a bit around the net, so double check a few sources before buying. But if you can gather up a few extra bucks this is a great option as the best wireless microphone under $100.

GTD Audio U-35H

If you need a pair of handhelds, here's a good pick

This wireless mic (comes with two handheld units) uses SMT advanced technology, short for Surface Mounted Technology, which ensures its reliability and quality. This microphone has a two-channel receiver, volume controls on each channel and an LCD display that shows RF and AF levels, as well as channel frequency.

Its wireless broadcast range is 300 feet, works at carrier frequency of UHF 520 – 580 MHz, it has sensitivity of 107 dbm, an impedance of 600 Ohms and a frequency response of 45 Hz to 18 kHz. Its battery life is 9 hours. Ultimately, the GTD Audio U-35H is a professional, high quality and reliable UHF wireless microphone under $100 with a lot of user reviews to back it up.

Fifine Wireless Microphone System

A wireless lav package under $100

The Fifine Wireless Microphone System comes with a clip-on mic and lavalier mic, a receiver, an adapter for camera and an adapter for smartphone. It is a cardioid condenser UHF microphone ensuring noise reduction, it is powerful, battery powered which lasts for four hours, lightweight and the transmitter has an LCD that shows battery life and current frequency channel.

Regarding more specs, the Fifine Wireless Microphone most notably has a broadcast range between 45 and 60 feet, frequency response of 50 Hz – 16 kHz and has 20 frequency channels that can be used to find the best suited channel when experiencing interference. It works at a carrier frequency range of UHF 565 and 584 MHz and is ideal for presentations or vlogs. Its inborn high sensitivity ensures clarity.

Fifine UHF Handheld

Another solid under $100 wireless microphone with two handhelds

The Fifine UHF is a dual channel dynamic cardioid wireless microphone good for karaoke, public speaking or at home. It comes with two microphones, one wireless receiver, three audio cables for connection flexibility, an additional input for extra wireless microphone (can be purchased separately) and a power cord.

This microphone has independent volume controls, adjustable echo effect feature, a strong and reliable signal with consistent performance and operates at a range of 80 feet. Its carrier frequency range is between UHF520 and 578 MHz, frequency response is between 50Hz and 18kHz and sensitivity is -50.60 ±1dB. Look into the Fifine UHF Handheld for another option as the best wireless microphone for under $100 if you need two handhelds and the previous picks weren’t grabbing your attention.

Pyle Channel Microphone System-VHF

Pyle's highly rated wireless mics under $100

Pyle Channel is another super reliable wireless microphone for less than $100. This is a dual channel professional performance quality dynamic microphone VHF system which comes with dual independent channel receiver ensuring low distortion, two lavalier microphones and two headset microphones with two bodypack transmitters, individual volume controls.

The receiver and the microphone each have a power on and off switch and the receiver has dual independent antenna. This wireless microphone has a clear sound and stable signal with a frequency range of 174 Hz to 216 MHz. It has a sensitivity of 95dB and a high signal to noise ratio performance. The Pyle Channel Mic is just very reliable and flexible, by a brand very known in the lower-budget microphone game.

GTD Audio V-28H

Our last pick here

The last recommendation as the best wireless microphone under $100 here is the GTD Audio V-28H. This is a two channel VHF microphone system with SMT technology ensuring quality and reliability. It includes two handheld microphones with a two-channel receiver, each channel has its individual volume control; it also comes with a power adapter. It operates at a range of 300 feet and at a carrier frequency of VHF 210 – 270 MHz.

It has a battery life of 9 hours, its sensitivity is 107 dBm, an impedance of 600 Ohms and a frequency response of 45Hz to 18kHz. Its ideal for broadcast, performance, karaoke, etc. GTD dominates low-cost wireless solutions.

Concluding the Best Wireless Mic Under $100

Wireless microphones are very convenient to use because they don’t have cables or wires. They work on UHF or VHF signals and use battery to work. They work like regular microphones that have cables but have the potential of having problems like maintaining the frequency signal and keeping it stable and some systems need the transmitter to be in close proximity or in sight of the receiver.

So, it is hard to find the best wireless microphones, yet alone under $100 but these options we’ve gathered are quite reliable if you’re limited with some cash to spend. In this article, we have gathered some of the best wireless microphones and all that for under $100 that we hope helped your search. Let us know in the comments if we missed any models you’ve used before and recommend.

The Best Dynamic Microphone for Vocals

Here's a small guide on the best dynamic microphones for vocals

What would the music industry be without dynamic microphones? This type of mic is simply needed in any type of recording or performance environment, and we know many musicians and performers alike who have multiple sets of quite a few of these mics in this article. We’ve surveyed quite a lot of different pathways when it comes to a microphone for vocals, but today we wanted to strictly focus on one of our favorites — dynamic microphones.

The Best Dynamic Microphone for Vocals

Shure KSM8

One of our favorite vocal dynamic mics ever

During your search for the best dynamic microphone for vocals or honestly just for a microphone that can do it all, this mic should definitely make your shortlist. The KSM8 dualdyne cardioid dynamic vocal microphone features two diaphragms made from ultra-thin materials. One is active and the other passive. Reverse airflow technology eliminates breathy sounds in a recording. Excellent proximity effect control allows for an increased distance between performer and microphone.

With neutral mid- and high-frequency reproduction from the enhanced proximity effect controls ensures a natural sound few other dynamic vocal microphones offer. In terms of build, the KSM8 was made for the demanding nature of performances as its hardened carbon steel grille provides protection against water damage, dents, or wind. Handling noises are eliminated by the Shure Pumping Pneumatic Shock Mount features. The Shure KSM8’s neodymium magnet is suspended in aerospace SoftMag material, increasing its magnetic field for excellent output levels. Just an overall amazing dynamic mic for vocals here.

Sennheiser MD 421-II

Arguably the best dynamic microphone for vocals

What makes the Sennheiser MD 421-II a contender in the category of the best vocal dynamic microphone is that it is a modern, improved take on the world-famous MD 421, which has been on the market for more than 30 years and acclaimed by thousands. With those credentials, it is little wonder that many artists insist on this microphone for performances both in and out of the studio. This sturdy dynamic vocal microphone has a five-position bass roll-off switch, making it ideal for instrumentals and vocals alike.

It is especially effective for group vocals and radio broadcasting. Most importantly, this one reproduces crystal clear sounds and prevents feedback from ruining a performance. Weighing just 385g, Sennheiser’s MD 421-II is compact and easy to transport. If you’re a numbers person, the microphone has a frequency response of 30-17,000 Hz, and both its nominal and minimum terminating impedance measure 200 ohms.

Telefunken M80

A hidden gym in the vocal dynamic mic game

The Telefunken M80 supercardioid dynamic handheld vocal microphone is ideal for live performances. Its thin membrane allows the mic to capture every note in your performance in the minutest of detail. The balanced response that the streamlined capsule design is only one aspect that makes the M80 an option for users looking for the best vocal dynamic microphone on the market. The M80 offers a level of consistency only a few other microphones can, meaning that it reproduces sound accurately, regardless of which mixing board it is plugged into.

With a custom-made wound transformer, the Telefunken M80 automatically matches any impedance, meaning you will never need to worry about inconsistent sound if you want to automate it. The microphone frequency is 50 Hz to 18,000 kHz, making it ideal for recording instruments, vocals, and multiple voices at once.

AKG D5

One of the best ever

Whether the user needs a microphone for a lead singer or backing vocalists, the D5 offers versatility and is a veritable workhorse that delivers on the user’s expectations. This professional dynamic supercardioid vocal microphone has a bandwidth of 70-20,000 Hz, and electrical impedance of 600 ohms.

When used for a live performance, we won’t fear mechanical noises will interrupt the music as the microphone’s dual shock mount eliminates most risk of this occurring. Instead, the audience can hear a super clear sound reproduction without any feedback or background noise ruining it. The AKG D5 is regarded by many as the best dynamic microphone for vocals, with outstanding ratings and selling in the mid-level price range. We can’t count how many times this has been raved about, especially in the dynamic microphone for vocals talk.

Sennheiser E835

Another legendary dynamic microphone for vocals

Here’s another legend. With a Sennheiser e835 in their hand, a lead artist can rest assured that they are holding what many users rate as the best vocal dynamic microphone, which clearly reproduces sound regardless of where they are. The e835 is perfect for home recording, semi-pro studios, and live performances.

Because it features minimal proximity effect capability, the sound’s consistency remains clear even if the singer moves a bit farther away from the mic during a performance. Its rugged construction makes the e835 a worthy part of a live performer’s equipment as it can withstand the rigors concerts and tours present. The e835 is lightweight and delivers a frequency response of 40-16,000 Hz with a minimum terminating impedance of 1,000 ohms. Lastly, the Sennheiser e835 comes with a clip and travel pouch to boot.

Shure SM7B

This microphone is great for literally any application

Users have found this effective for instrument recording, but especially for vocal recordings such as singing and podcasting. Look at any photo of a podcast setup and you’re most likely going to see this backwards mounted mic in the setup. This alone should reassure the user that this could well be the best dynamic microphone for vocals and a worthy investment. The SM7B’s wide-range frequency response means that sound clarity and authenticity are retained regardless of background noise that causes unnecessary distortion.

With air suspension shock isolation and a pop-filter, mechanical sounds and breaths are eliminated in both singing and speaking. Advanced electromagnetic shielding means that humming from equipment will never interfere with the quality of a recording again. The Shure SM7B has received rave reviews online with tons of stars based on its sound quality, ease of use, durability, connectivity, and other features.

The Best Dynamic Microphones Under $500

A new budget-friendly guide here on the best dynamic mics under $500

We’re glad you’re today, because a dynamic microphone for under $500 is bringing us immense power in both our recording and/or performance game. Dynamic mics are a special type of microphone — they’re known for their power and flexibility, and can capture just about anything you throw in front of them. Having at least a few dynamic mics in your toolbox is a staple-point for many musicians and broadcasters alike.

The Best Dynamic Microphones for Under $500

Electro-Voice RE20

The best dynamic microphone under $500

The RE20 is easily one of our favorite picks to rank as the best dynamic microphone under $500 on the market. It’s reputation can speak for itself if you search for it on any retail site — for most importantly it’s quality but durability and flexibility, too. This broadcast studio voice-over microphone has been used by professionals for years, thanks to the fact that it is smooth across a wide range of frequencies and can handle a high SPL.

With a bass tilt down switch, correcting the spectrum balance of a recording has never been easier. This feature facilitates long reach situations, giving great effect for acoustic and electric bass, and even kick drums. Its versatility makes the Electro-Voice RE 20 the perfect mic for broadcast or studio purposes. By singing or speaking right near the grille screen, performers won’t worry about ‘p-pops’ or sibilance. There is also a reduced transfer of external vibration sources. Lastly, it also includes several features a dynamic mic user needs, including a stand mount and carry case as its included accessories. Overall just a tank of a dynamic microphone here.

Sennheiser MD 421-II

A great dynamic mic under 500 by Sennheiser

If the RE-20 didn’t stand out to you and you are looking for another the best dynamic mic for $500 or less, or perhaps really all time, the Sennheiser MD 421 II should definitely feature on your shortlist. Sennheiser’s MD 421 has been an industry favorite for multiple decades, and its latest model has even more features that will delight users. Guitar and drum recording is a breeze with this mic as it has a large-diaphragm dynamic element that can process high-pressure sound levels, and vocals are also beautiful here with this one.

The five-position bass roll-off switch makes this microphone ideal for just about any instrument and vocal performances or broadcasts alike in case you want to cut off that low-end pre-mixing. With clear feedback rejection to enhance the quality of any recording, the Sennheiser MD 421 II offers warm, clear sound reproduction. Your purchase also includes a free microphone clamp for a 3/8’’ thread in the box. You might want to add the case to your shopping cart when buying the MD 421 II to keep your mic safe during travel as it doesn’t come with one.

Beyerdynamic M 88 TG

Beyer's ranking in our guide here

This dynamic is ideal for any vocals, bass drum, bass amp, and studio recordings. The quick as lightning transient response allows the M 88 TG to reproduce the kick drum’s complex sound pattern, provided an external pop shield is used.

The microphone’s frequency response spans between 30 – 20,000 Hz, and its dynamic transducer makes it a perfect accessory for any recording artist. Several podcasters find the Beyerdynamic M 88 TG offers them the outstanding sound quality that sets them apart from the competition with professional-sounding recordings. It’s widely regarded as ahead of its time, making it a sure-fire nominee for the best dynamic microphone under $500.

Shure KSM8

A legendary dynamic mic under 500 bucks

The KSM8 dualdyne cardioid handheld dynamic vocal microphone comes in sleek-looking finish and has dual dynamic diaphragms and reverse airflow that all but eliminate any proximity effect from vocal performance. This is what you’re paying for — extra security in regards to rejection of ambient noise for a better overall recording or performing signal. The KSM8 has a frequency response of 40 Hz – 16 kHz, giving the user wide-ranging usage options.

Weighing just 0.75 lbs., the Shure KSM8 is easy to handle and transport. The design is durable and rugged, meaning that it takes a lot to damage this piece of hardware. The internal windscreen and the mic’s capsule design reduce explosive pops during use, making it ideal for vocal performances while also offering impressive performance when used with instruments. With five-star ratings from pretty much anyone who uses this thing, this dynamic microphone is just legendary.

Telefunken M80

Many would say this is the best of all these dynamic microphones

Coming from a brand that many equate with sound excellence, the Telefunken M80 is no exception, making it the best dynamic microphone under $500 for thousands of users, amateurs, and professionals alike. Its super cardioid polar pattern and frequency range of 40 Hz to 18 kHz make the M80 a versatile, high-performance product that deserves a spot in any studio. Accessories included are a storage pouch and mic clip, although the 10-meter cable is sold separately.

Its durable design makes the Telefunken M80 perfect for the rigors of touring. The built-in Elektroakustik T80 transformer, together with the mic’s capsule assembly, offers results that users are raving about. A very warm and clear sound here. Great for really any thing you put in front if it — vocals, drums, guitar amps, etc. Additionally, the head and capsule assembly ensure the reduction of proximity effect and the appearance of upper mid-range feedback all but eliminated.

Shure SM57B

The last pick as the best dynamic microphone under 500 dollars

With close to thousands reviews and a near-perfect five-star rating, it is easy to see why many people see the Shure SM57B as the best dynamic mic for $500 or less to cap off our guide strong. This one is just classic. This microphone is designed to capture high-quality, smooth vocals that listeners will enjoy as it preserves the authenticity of the recording. Your purchase includes a detachable windscreen and a switch cover plate.

With its air suspension shock isolation and a pop filter, mechanical noise and breathiness will no longer be a problem. We’ve seen this used in way too many podcast setups. Getting more advanced with it’s build, the electromagnetic shielding ensures that hum from computer monitors and studio equipment never interferes with your recording. The microphone is durably constructed so that its cartridge is well-protected from any external forces. The Shure SM57B features a dynamic cartridge with a wide frequency response for crisp and clean sound reproduction to finish our guide with a classic.

The Best Condenser Microphones Under $500

Some picks for you when it comes to the best condenser mics under $500

Condenser microphones are the bread and butter of recording not only vocals but many instruments in the world for musicians of all types. We’ve continued our journey through reviewing more mics than we can count now, and as we pin-point some specific price-specific guides, we came across a common question: what’s the best condenser microphone under $500? We have a great budget-range here to give you some nice power and flexibility when it comes to recording and even streaming vocals and instruments.

The Power of Condenser Microphones

Condenser microphones are commonly found in studios, but with the ever-rising trend of streaming and pocasting, they’re found in many different environments now. They have a louder output but are much more sensitive to loud sounds as opposed to other types of microphones, such as dynamic mics. They capture a large frequency range and have a good transient response; the ability to reproduce the speed of an instrument or voice.

Normally, professional condenser microphones are very expensive, as we do have guides on condenser microphones under $200 or condenser mics under $100 that are a lot more budget-friendly. Today however, $500 hits a mark where we get into some pretty professional models. Let’s jump right in.

The Best Condenser Microphones for Under $500

AKG C214

Our favorite pick as the best condenser microphone under $500

People call this condenser, “A true legend and the microphone of choice for many professional producers”. This condenser microphone under $500 tends to be very flexible and has a reputation for it’s quality and longevity. Vocals sound very smooth and warm for both gender voices, and it’s also great for capturing some strings or keys in case you need to.

Aside from sound quality, this one has some high-end features in terms of numbers. It has a 1” diaphragm, vintage look and most of all, has a top-class performance. The AKG C214 has a very complex system that helps reduce mechanical noise. Its frequency response ranges between 20 Hz – 20 kHz and its polar pattern is cardioid which is standard for any mic in here. This condenser mic also has a switchable 20 dB attenuation pad and low-cut filter that can be used in sound fields as high as 156 dB SPL. Just an extremely solid and reliable condenser microphone under $500 to start our list off.

Avantone Pro CV-12

A beautiful tube condenser microphone for $500 or less

This condenser microphone is designed to capture vocals and instruments with enhanced detail, low noise and low distortion and with the warmth and character of the 50’s and 60’s. Tube microphones are a bit of a different spin — they have an actual ‘tube’ in the internal skeleton that processes audio, giving it a different feel and “sound”, albeit subjective to the ear that’s listening.

The Avantone Pro CV-12 is a multi-pattern large-diaphragm tube mic. A rotary switch on the external power supply provides nine selectable pickup patterns: Omni, Cardioid, Figure-8 and Six intermediate patterns — great for those who will be using this aside from just recording tracks, or perhaps want to podcast and stream with multiple people. It also has a low frequency roll off, an 80 Hz HPF filter for minimizing low frequency noise and a pad attenuation switch of -10 dB for minimizing distortion. A beautiful condenser microphone under $500 if you want that old-school tube feel and sound to your recordings.

Lauten LA-220

Another solid condenser mic under 500 dollars

Another high-quality condenser mic with very good features under $500 is the Lauten LA-220. This professional and versatile microphone has a huge bass response that can be used for up-close vocals and acoustic instruments.

The Lauten LA-220 has a 1-inch pressure gradient true-condenser capsule with cardioid polar pattern and ultra-low noise JFET amplifier. It has a pair of switchable 120 Hz highpass and 12 kHz lowpass filters which is useful to tame any harsh high-end voice as well as rumbling bass from the room and a transformer balanced output.

Shure SM81

We wanted to include one of our favorite small condenser microphones as well

The Sure SM81 is a high-quality unidirectional condenser microphone used for broadcasting, studio recording and sound reinforcement. This condenser mic has a wide frequency response, low noise characteristics and high output clipping level, low RF susceptibility, flat response curve for accurate sound reproduction and a cardioid polar pattern with maximum rejection.

Its uniform cardioid pickup pattern offers a very good isolation with minimum off-axis coloration and its ultra-smooth response curve ensures accurate sonic reproduction of the sound in front of it. It can be used in wide range of temperatures and humidity conditions. We stuck this one in here because it’s a small-diaphragm condenser microphone, meaning it’s size actually helps with better sound-pressure level and capturing the higher frequencies a lot brighter than normal large-diaphragm.

Warm Audio WA-14

Warm Audio's super popular condenser

Another favorite pick of ours to be the best condenser microphone for just under $500 is the Warm Audio WA-14. This large diaphragm, versatile condenser microphone has three selectable polar patterns including omnidirectional, cardioid and figure 8. It has two switches in the front, one of those allow you to switch between polar patterns and the other one is a pre-attenuation switch for lowering the input level. This mic has a clean smooth sound that doesn’t sound too bright or hyped.

The Warm Audio WA-14 is engineered with LK-12-B-60V Lens Kondensator all-brass CK 12 style capsule with its smooth and rich high-end sound. It has custom CineMag USA transformer, its frequency range is between 20 Hz – 20 kHz and the self-noise is 115 dB. An all-around solid mic here that’s proven itself for many years.

Aston Origin

This condenser mic under 500 is powerful

The Origin is very popular among mic snobs, and it is a high-performance, large diaphragm condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. This mic delivers a natural and detailed sound across a wide variety of sources; hence it is versatile. There are two switches on the mic: a 10 dB pad to prevent distortion and an 80 Hz low-cut filter to cut out that mud.

The Aston Origin captures treble detail without even a trace of harshness. It has shock-resistant, wave-form mesh head with built-in pop filter. The last pick as the best condenser microphone under $500, but certainly not the least!

The Best Dynamic Microphones for Under $50

Our list of the best dynamic mic for 50 dollars or less

Today we have one of our favorite mics in the spotlight at a very affordable price (the lowest you can go here). Dynamic microphones are usually used on instruments with a lot of low-mid energy. They are best for recording vocals. They are also used for podcasting, singing, recording multiple people in the same room, voice-overs and live performances.

Microphones come in different shapes and sizes with different price ranges. People might question whether a cheap dynamic microphone is worth the money or not. In reality, you should know that a very cheap ones are not too much better than a toy or a gimmick. One should be honest with oneself about what a dynamic microphone under $50 can and cannot do. If you do want to take a slight step up, you can read our guide on dynamic microphones under $100. Otherwise, we still are getting quite a lot of power and flexibility here with this list today.

One good case for the usage of dynamic microphones under $50 is the fact that these are especially good for those who are just getting into music recording or performing and don’t want to spend a lot of money just to shape their skills. Even within the $50 budget, you will be surprised by the quality that some of these microphones have. Many also buy a lot of these in bulk for different types of environments or applications, like recording large bands or choirs, for schools, venues, etc.

Yes, they have limitations like some have a simple diaphragm capsule setting, but there is nothing wrong with this setup. These kinds of limitations will not stop the microphone from performing like the ones with a price in the higher range in regards to efficiency.

The Best Dynamic Microphones for $50 or Less

Shure PGA48

The best dynamic microphone under $50

Up first, we have one of our favorite budget-friendly dynamic microphones under $50 in the entire market. The Shure PGA48 is a professional quality microphone with a highly durable design and construction. It has a good sound and is used for spoken word and karaoke performance. The Shure PGA48 has a cardioid polar pattern that picks up audio from the source while rejecting unwanted noise. It has a tailored microphone cartridge design for clarity in the standard frequency range of speech.

It has an on and off switch for discrete control of microphone operation, it has swivel adapter, stand adapter for mounting to a microphone stand, a zipper pouch and it comes with XLR or QTR cable for flexibility in gear choice. Just some great efficiency and overall power here for a really cheap price.

Sennheiser XS 1

Sennheiser's quality dynamic microphone under 50 dollars

The Sennheiser XS 1 has a rich, full professional live sound quality with a slight emphasis on the top end to help vocals cut through a loud mix. It is used for solo vocal performances, choir making and speech. The Sennheiser XS 1 has a handy silent mute switch that can be used to mute the microphone without distracting pops or clicks.

It can also be locked to the on position to prevent accidental muting. Its cardioid pick-up pattern provides additional isolation from unwanted sound and great feedback rejection. The capsule of the Sennheiser XS 1 is shock-mounted to minimize handling noise and it’s reputation definitely brings it into the dynamic mic under $50 consideration.

Shure SM48

Another beautiful $50 or less dynamic mic

The Shure SM48 is a cardioid dynamic vocal microphone, very good for performance. Its cardioid pickup pattern helps keep outside sound sources out and fight off annoying feedback. This dynamic microphone is best if used for lead vocals, backup vocals and spoken words.

It has a frequency response for vocals with brightened mid-range and bass roll off, cardioid pickup pattern that rejects off axis sound, has good gain before feedback, built in pop filter that reduces explosive breath sounds and wind noise and shock-mounted cartridge for ruggedness and reduced handling noise. Look in to the Shure SM48 for yet another beautiful pick in this guide.

Behringer XM1800S

A super cheap dynamic microphone

This dynamic microphone comes in a set of three high quality vocal and instrument dynamic microphones. The Behringer XM1800S has high signal output that makes your voice cut through, an ultra-low distortion for super clean sound.

Like most other dynamic mics, we also have an off-axis rejection eliminating feedback problems, presence lift in critical mid-range that gives the user maximum voice projection, and integrated pop filters. The rugged construction copes with the user’s toughest live assignments, and it also comes with a microphone stand adapter and an on and off switch. Yet another pick as the best dynamic microphone under $50 here by Behringer.

Samson R21

The R21 tops off our list of the best dynamic microphones under $50

Like the Behringer XM1800S, the Samson R21 comes in a set of three high quality, low impedance dynamic microphones for vocals. This dynamic microphone is good for live performance, recording and for touring musicians thanks to its rugged road proof design.

It has a warm natural sound, a tight cardioid pickup pattern for maximum gain before feedback, dual stage heavy duty windscreen, gold plated XLR connectors assuring positive connectivity, high output dynamic element and heavy gauge mesh and an anti-dent ring that protects from the rigors of heavy use. It withstands high sound pressure levels in case you want to record or perform some louder instruments as well, like drums.

The Best Condenser Microphone Under $100

A review on the top condenser microphones for an under $100 budget

For under $100, condenser microphones in this range are going to give us some extreme affordability yet decent quality if you’re looking to record some vocals, stream, podcast, and more. Thankfully this is probably the most popular type of microphone in the world, so there was a decent bunch we were able to collect for you to compare while you shop. Let’s get into the best condenser microphones for an under $100 budget.

Our Condenser Mics Under $100 Picks

  1. Audio-Technica AT2020
  2. AKG P120
  3. sE Electronics X1 A
  4. Rode NT-USB Mini
  5. Samson C01
  6. Behringer C-1

Finding the Right Under $100 Condenser Microphone

It won’t be too big of a task when it comes to comparing and contrasting here with this budget. It’s gotten us down to the nitty-gritty of condenser mics, and your decision will come down to a few factors. This is probably the lowest we’ll ever go for a mic guide, although our condenser mics under $200 may interest you if you like taking a bigger step up. Other than budget, there are a few ‘types’ of condenser mics we want you to keep in mind.

Large-diaphragm condenser microphones are the most common, and these are the typical image you may associate with microphones. Most in our list consist of this. There are however some USB microphones under $100 there that may interest you (considering they’re still technically condenser mics due to their internal build and sensitivity for recording). Lastly, small-diaphragm condensers do exist but are more rare and geared towards those recording instruments in the studio.

Lastly, we always like to at least bring up the fact that you may need some more gear when buying a condenser microphone. Note that they don’t just work all by themselves. They need phantom power in order to get going and can’t just hook up straight into your computer. Be wary if you didn’t plan on this. You can perhaps buy a microphone package that includes some more equipment you may need to save money, otherwise you’ll need to buy at least a cheaper audio interface or microphone preamp to make these power up.

Some do come with a less fancy phantom power source in the box, but not many. You can buy an easier option with just a straight up phantom power box, but you won’t get certain controls, like headphone monitoring, gain, and other tweaking abilities many prefer. Oh and before we forget, USB microphones don’t need phantom power, so perhaps that will attract you to that route.

The Best Condenser Microphone Under $100

Audio-Technica AT2020

The best condenser microphone under $100

Up first as the best condenser microphone under $100, we have this one ourselves at-hand in our studio right now. It’s such a powerful and clear mic at the price it wasn’t really a hard decision to put it first. We’re big Audio-Technica fans in general but when it comes to balance of sensitivity, quality, and affordability, you can’t beat the AT2020. Regarding specs with this condenser, we have a low-mass diaphragm for a solid frequency and transient response. It can handle some pretty high sound pressure level and the overall construction is quite rugged and stable.

The cardioid polar pattern is standard for condensers of this kind, reducing pickup from the rear and sides and focusing on what’s in front of it. Lastly, it has a pivoting threaded stand mount for attaching to your mic stand and shock mount, but keep in mind none of those come in the package. Phantom power doesn’t either, so factor that in your budget. Otherwise, the Audio-Technica AT2020 is our favorite pick as the best condenser microphone under $100 in the market right now. Note they also have the AT2020-USB but that’s a bit more expensive.

AKG P120

The second best condenser microphone under $100

Here’s a very popular condenser microphone you’ll see listed quite high in retail stores due to it’s popularity. The P120 is known for it’s for it’s super clear audio quality and overall stability. We’ve heard a lot of podcasters use this one as well as home recording studios. Very clean and punchy sound.

It’s a medium-diaphragm condenser microphone with the standard cardioid polar pattern, a standard 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, 20 dB pad for extra gain, and a bass roll-off if you want to cut some lows while you’re recording or streaming. The diaphragm isn’t necessarily as “big” as large-diaphragm’s but it won’t be too big of a concern since it’s still a viable option for vocals and speech. If it lands in the middle of being large or small, it’s going to balance both lows and highs quite well. The AKG P120 is another great option as the best under $100 condenser microphone. There are some bundles out there that include extra gear with this mic so look into those.

sE Electronics X1 A

A very solid condenser microphone under $100

The X1 A is a great condenser microphone under $100 with a large diaphragm, cardioid pickup pattern, a 100 Hz highpass filter and a little -20 dB pad for some dynamic range extension on top of it. It sounds great and accurate in mixes, and the balanced frequency response brings forth an even distribution for recordings (although we always recommend cutting some of that low-end for vocals).

Just another very stable condenser mic under $100 here in case the other large-diaphragm options we recommended weren’t sticking out to you. It’s a durable mic with a great reputation. Great for higher Sound Pressure Level since the sE Electronics X1 A can handle about 150 dB (we’ve seen it uses on guitar cabinets, drums, etc.).

Rode NT-USB Mini

A great condenser mic under $100 if you need USB

Next we’ll get into a nice USB condenser mic for under $100 by one of our favorite brands in Rode. They have their original Rode NT-USB that came into the market a few years ago and caught our eyes, and since then has made it’s place in the (very competitive now) USB mic game. We were excited they announced the Mini version since the main USB mic is well above our price-tag here.

This condenser has a typical cardioid polar pattern but also includes an integrated pop filter, magnetic base, and a USB cable in the box. Just plug-n-play this one with your computer and you’re good to go, with no need for an interface – another big plus if you’re going to be strict on that $100 or less range. With on-board headphone monitoring and great recording quality at 24-bit / 48 kHz, you’ll be good to go with the Rode NT-USB Mini right out of the box.

Samson C01

A super cheap condenser mic by Samson

Next up as we near the end of our guide, we have Samson’s C01 that’s been around for a while with user reviews to back up it’s effectiveness despite the pretty cheap price. A lot of user reviews around the net praise it for being used as overheads for miking drums, quintets, vocals in bedrooms, and more. Versatility is a big theme for the C01 and it has a warm and clean sound when recording.

Regarding specs, we have a flat frequency response, an LED indicator for phantom power indication, a gold plated XLR connector, large 19mm diaphragm and of course, our beloved cardioid pickup pattern. The Samson C01 is praised by most who grab one of these and is definitely a choice as the best condenser microphone under $100.

Behringer C-1

The last condenser microphone for an under $100 budget we'll recommend

Coming in last here we have one of the cheapest condensers we’ll be able to recommend as it’s seen around the net for nearly half of our intended budget price here today. It’s a medium-diaphragm condenser microphone with a transformerless FET input and cardioid pickup pattern, but most importantly it comes with it’s own phantom power source, swivel stand mount and carrying case.

A huge bang for your buck here especially when it comes to not needing to buy some external power. A good mic for studio recordings (most vocals but it can take some instruments as well, especially acoustic guitar or even piano). You can also use this live if you want. Overall the Behringer C-1 is just a great package here for under $100.

The Best Dynamic Microphone for $100 or Less

Some of our favorite picks as the best dynamic microphones for $100 or less

Dynamic microphones are so versatile, flexible and powerful that we couldn’t imagine having a live performance or even studio without a few of these laying around at our fingertips. Nothing beats their ability to be used, used and used again, especially when it comes to live performance or even recording instruments. We’re in the midst of writing some guides that focus on specific microphone types within certain budgets, so today we’re going to find you some cheap yet powerful dynamic microphones under just $100.

  1. Audix i5
  2. Shure SM57
  3. Sennheiser e 835
  4. sE Electronics V7
  5. AKG D5
  6. Shure SM58

What is a Dynamic Microphone?

Before we get into some picks, let’s overview just for a few paragraphs when it comes to the world of dynamic microphones. Dynamic microphones are very rugged in construction and go well with being on the road, are perfect for focusing on projecting only what’s directly in front of it (it’s called off-axis rejection for being able to rid all other noise, such as the crowd or the band you’re with), and having a great frequency response to cover a broad range of the spectrum. Dynamic mics also have the ability to handle high ‘Sound Pressure Level’, such as loud vocals, drums (especially snares), and guitar amps (the ‘louder’ the instrument, the higher the SPL). They can also work well in recording applications for instruments.

The differences between dynamic and condenser microphones are pretty clear — and to make it easier for us to understand, dynamic mics are best for live vocals and instruments due to their abilities we previously explained. Condenser mics on the other hand are best for recording vocals and some instruments because of it’s extreme sensitivity to picking up what’s around it (sometimes when we record it can pickup the birds outside of our window!). Think softer uses, such as acoustic guitar or vocals.

The Best Dynamic Microphones for Under $100

Audix i5

The best dynamic microphone under $100

The i5 has a great reputation around the net and all types of 5/5 star ratings for a good reason. It was definitely hard picking a number one dynamic under $100. This one is many musicians go-to dynamic microphone for live instruments, but works well with vocals too. It’s just a very safe bet that you can’t wrong with.

We’ve seen it used with guitar amps, drums (a lot prefer this for their snares in particular, but we’ve seen this recording hi hats and kicks in the studio as well), and even horns, flutes, etc. This is definitely the best dynamic microphone under $100 if you’ll be in that area.

It handles high SPL like most dynamic mics, has a nice color to the feel and sound, and perfect pattern to get rid of the off-axis noise and reject that feedback. If you dig into the reviews on what people really say in general about dynamic mics (especially in this price-range), you’ll be hearing many comparisons of this Audix i5 vs. the Shure SM57 (that we list next). That’s all going to depend on some more subjective terms such as your preference for sound when it comes to recording. Otherwise, if you want an easy pick, you won’t go wrong here.

Shure SM57

The other best dynamic microphone for under $100

Here’s another one of the most popular dynamic microphones out there, with a reputation that isn’t going anywhere for quite some time. We know many musicians, mixers, engineers, you name it who have at least a few of these in their toolbox. Well-known for it’s effectiveness in performing drums, guitars and vocals, as well as recording guitars, pianos, you name it honestly. This thing is extremely versatile. It’s called the ‘industry standard’ for a reason.

Here’s some of the down low we’ve heard and experienced ourselves when it comes to the SM57 vs. i5 debate (these are just a few points, in the end, they’re both amazing dynamic mics):

  • Both are very effective at a wide array of instruments, especially louder, harsh instruments (most preferably live, although recording can work if you’re in a low-budget home studio)
  • The SM57 has been known to go well for top-ends in drums, especially snares since it does well at capturing the body
  • SM57 has been said to go well with tweed amps since it can add some subtle harmonic distortion on high-ends
  • The i5 is good for upper-mid ranges (keeps it clean)
  • i5 can work as a good kick microphone if you don’t have a proper one yet
  • If we really had to learn you towards a direction, we’d say the i5 for instruments and SM57 for vocals

All in all, since our budget is for dynamic microphones under $100, buying both an i5 and a Shure SM57 might be a good idea although we understand that’s doubling our intended budget. Why not have options? We really can’t pick the best dynamic microphone for under $100 especially when it comes to this very subjective debate, but these two are definitely the ‘this or that’ of this category.

Sennheiser e 835

The best dynamic microphone under $100 if you need a vocal mic

Let’s talk strictly vocals! If these SM57 vs. i5 debate gave you a headache like us when it comes to the best dynamic microphone under $100, let’s go in some more clear-cut picks that may give you a better feel for what you need. The e 835 has been around for quite some time as well and is very well known for it’s ability to project voices of all different styles with a clean and precise feel. We know many musicians and performers who buy a bunch of these just to have.

Like all dynamic mics it has a great ability for feedback rejection and low handling noise. This one also has a very rugged construction if you’ll be taking it on the road and want some stability when it comes to the actual make of your dynamic. If we had to absolutely recommend a dynamic microphone under $100 for vocals that isn’t the SM57 however, the Sennheiser e 835 would be our pick. It’s tough, sounds great when it comes to vocals, is simple and effective.

sE Electronics V7

Another great dynamic microphone under $100

Here’s a great dynamic microphone under $100 worth noting that’s highly rated based on it’s value and neutral response when it comes to any type of voice you’re looking to capture. It also has some great handling noise, warm and crisp sound, feedback and noise rejection, etc — everything you want in a dynamic mic.

Many claim this one over any of the Shure’s people recommend is way better when it comes to any type of voice projection especially because of it’s ability to cut through mixes with much EQ. The off-axis rejection is also known to be more superior than a lot of other dynamic mics.

This is going to be personal preference honestly and will be like comparing Coke to Pepsi, but you’d be surprised at how detailed these debates get. We recommend the sE Electronics V7 for those wanting to steer away the more popular picks and grab a mic that really focuses on being clean and crisp that can take away that little annoying ambiance, not only just for singing but for spoken word, comedy, and other types of speech applications.

AKG D5

AKG's best dynamic mic under 100 dollars

As we near the end of this guide, we’re realizing just how many dynamic mics in this price range are just straight up famous. The D5 is a favorite among many due to it’s great SPL at handling up to 147dB, and a variable-thickness diaphragm paired up with a rugged construction to stand as a long-term investment.

This dynamic mic as well as a very crisp sound and although that is a subjective term, really backs up a lot of the reviews claiming this can handle all types of voices and instruments. Most who do praise the D5 is important are those who perform vocals especially when it comes to picking up nuances of all of your words (sometimes people want to actually hear those lyrics). It also boasts a nice mid range and a full bass pickup without getting very ‘boomy’. The AKG D5 is just another great option as the best dynamic microphone for $100 or less.

Shure SM58

The last pick as the best dynamic mic under $100

Last but not least, we have Shure’s other famous ‘SM’ model, and we’re not sure if we’d feel right at least mentioning this at the bottom of the guide. We want to at least give you this last option if you’ve made it this far. This particular mic is probably the most famous ever to be honest, and if we weren’t such microphone snobs probably would have mentioned it first in here just due to it’s popularity. We digress however and it’s popular for one reason.

It’s versatility. This can be used for any and everything. We’ve used this on stage for vocals, instruments, and have recorded instruments with this in our studio (as well as vocals, although it’s not recommend honestly, we still prefer you use a condenser microphone). We’ve also seen this used for speeches (literally the president has used to it), comedy shows, ceremonies in church, podcasts, you name it honestly. The Shure SM58 is just a staple point in anything when it comes to sound, and is our last pick as the best dynamic microphone for an under $100 budget.