If you benefit from this list (and our collective years of research and testing AV gear in the real world), please consider donating to our favorite charities:
- Paul's Pick - The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) - My Dad passed away from this disease, and this organization is doing great work. Consider using Amazon Smile to make your purchases, which will auto-dontate .5% of your purchases to AFTD! Go to AmazonSmile, search “AFTD,” then select “The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration” as your designated charity of choice.
- Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset with Dynamic Cardioid Boom Mic - This is the best bang for your buck.
- https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WGVJ9GY/ - Just ordered this one (not XLR, will require a headphone amp)
If you are serious about podcasting and want the best sound, buy either of these:
These are decent too:
USB Audio Interfaces (Preamps)
Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface - This newer model has balanced outputs, which is super important.