Anyone who has played an online game at some point or another will agree that microphones are becoming increasingly popular among gamers and for good reasons. You see, modern video games, especially those that focus on multiplayer communication, require the gamers to be able to talk with each others, which is where microphones come into play. While high-end headsets do have built-in microphones, the quality of those microphones is sometimes lacking on the grounds that manufacturers will prefer to put more work into the actual headphones, with the microphone being seen as nothing more than an add-on.
With dedicated microphones, however, you get much better noise cancellation along with a much improved audio input quality. Over the next few minutes, we’ll take a look at the ten best gaming microphones the market has to offer in our quest to find out the absolute best.
Best Gaming Microphones of 2017 – Reviews
(Updated February 2017)
10Ohuhu Studio Recording Condenser Pro Microphone
Due to its 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response, this reliable microphone from Ohuhu will definitely meet any entry-level requirements. Although not as good as perhaps some of the other microphones we will soon talk about, this decent microphone certainly makes up for it by having an affordable price along with a quality build overall. In fact, this is perhaps the best microphone you can get in this price range.
9Rode NTG2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone
With this particular microphone, you can expect some of the highest quality broadcast output possible and we’re not just saying that for whatever reason. As a matter of fact, its low-noise circuitry paired with its 48V phantom power and its two-step high-pass filter make it stand out among even the best microphones available. The only real downside to this microphone is the price, which many people might consider a bit steep by most standards.
8Samson G-Track USB Condenser Microphone
Thanks to a large, 19mm diaphragm studio condenser design, this microphone will capture even the quietest of sounds with impeccable clarity. It also plugs directly into any computer with a USB input and no drivers whatsoever, which makes it one of the few truly plug & play microphones out there. Also worth mentioning is that it is compatible with most computer-based digital audio workstation software out there and that it has a supercardioid pickup pattern.
7Blue Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone
Another good gaming microphone is the Blue Yeti Pro USB Condenser from Blue Microphones, a device that will meet almost anyone’s standards when it comes to fidelity and overall clarity. It benefits from a cutting-edge A-D converter chip, which when combined with a separate analog circuit path, makes it perfect for anyone who might want to use it for a broad range of tasks, including professional sound mixing.
6Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
What makes this particular microphone stand out is its side-address condenser feature that allows it to capture sound at almost any angle. Ideal for podcasting, recording, and even gaming to some extent, you will find this microphone to be much more versatile than some of the microphones we talked about so far. For instance, it has a built-in headphone jack that allows you to directly monitor your microphone output without any audible delay to speak of.
5Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone
Compact and affordable, this popular headphone microphone from Zalman may not be as technologically advanced as some of the other microphones on our list, but it is definitely one of the best when it comes to flexibility and eas of use. We say this because it has an attractive, compact design that doesn’t really affect its recording capabilities; yet a design which vastly reduces its price tag while still presenting the user with the type of quality most people would expect from a high-end microphone.
4CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone
Due to its large condenser design, this microphone will enable you to make perfect recordings while still being decently responsive when playing video games. Given its 10dB overload-protection switch, it will minimize distortion from loud background noises while isolating the main sound source for your benefit. Furthermore, it has a smooth, extended frequency response that makes it excellent for a wide range of tasks other than gaming.
3Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone
This portable USB condenser microphone stand out from the rest by being a lot smaller yet equally effective. Not only that but it is also Plug & Play Mac and PC compatible without the use of any additional drivers whatsoever. Furthermore, it benefits from a custom compact design that clips to a laptop or a desk with relative ease. Due to its construction, this microphone is perfect for recording music, podcasting, field recording, or even for playing video games.
2Blue Snowball USB Microphone
With this high-end microphone, you get the benefit of a dual capsule design which incorporates omnidirectional and cardioid elements to give you a real choice when it comes to your recordings. It also benefits from a USB output that enables direct integration with a laptop or a desktop computer with relative ease and without the use of additional software. Not only that but it also has a -10dB pad designed to eliminate noise and distortion almost completely when capturing signals at high volume levels.
1Blue Yeti USB Microphone
This highly capable and at the same time highly popular USB microphone from Blue Microphones is without a doubt, one of the very best money can buy. It not only has a tri-capsule array with three condenser capsules that can record at any angle and from any possible angle, but it also has multiple pattern selection features that enable you to choose between cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, or stereo sources.
Last but not least, it features a user-friendly interface with gain controls, a mute button, and a zero-latency headphone output which is bound to come in handy over time.