Tested: Rode, Shure, Stennheiser, Yeti and Joby microphones for vlogging, podcasting and video calling

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This week we have some great advice for you – if you want to communicate your message with clarity, you need to take audio seriously.
There’s no point capturing great video if no one can hear what’s going on. While you’re on a zoom call, you want your voice to be heard in that meeting. And if you’re capturing audio for a podcast, maximizing quality is absolutely essential for a professional feel.

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Capturing audio from our computers, phones, and cameras is functional, sure, but if you want to take things a little more seriously, consider adding a dedicated microphone to your kit bag.

Rode Wireless GO II

They say: The world’s smallest and first truly wireless microphone is reborn. The Wireless GO II is an ultra-compact and extremely versatile wireless microphone system consisting of a dual-channel receiver and two transmitters.



Rode Wireless GO II

We say: Wireless mics are essential if you’re going to be moving around in your video – you don’t want levels going up and down depending on how far away you are from your camera. Rode’s Wireless Go II offers that, but twice as much – so two people at once can be heard as clearly as a bell. And there’s hardly any camera or phone that does video that you can’t hook up this system to.

Cost: £235

Joby Wavo Mobile

They say: This mic is super compact, portable, and lightweight, yet powerful enough to deliver great sound wherever you vlog, wherever you go.



Joby Wavo Mobile
Joby Wavo Mobile

We say: Cheap and cheerful, the Wavo Mobile is designed specifically for smartphones and provides a variety of cables in the box to allow it to connect to all the most popular models. It’s directional, which helps focus the audio coming from the subject of your video, and also provides excellent shock absorption, reducing camera and handler noise. There’s also a ‘deadcat’ cover for the mic, to reduce wind noise if you’re filming outside.

Cost: £34.95

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Stennheiser NKE 400

They say: The MKE 400 is a compact, highly directional shotgun microphone designed to isolate and enhance the sound of your video.



Stennheiser NKE 400
Stennheiser NKE 400

We say: Similar to the Joby Wavo, the MKE 40 is designed to be mounted on the device, but it is higher sound quality and more suitable for cameras…although it does work with smartphones. It’s very light and compact, but also has a headphone jack so you can monitor audio directly from the source.

Cost: £169

Blue Yeti

They say: Create unparalleled recordings with your computer using Blue’s best-selling Yeti family of USB microphones. Whether you’re recording at home, on the road, or in the Himalayas, Yeti helps you produce studio-quality recordings every time.



Blue Yeti
Blue Yeti

We say: The Blue Yeti is a podcasting legend and should be on the list of possibilities if you’re looking for a device for desktop recording. It’s a USB mic that features a variety of modes for ultimate versatility – whether you’re alone, in an interview, or in a group, there’s a mode to capture it all crisp and clear. Good for recording musical instruments, too.

Cost: £119.99

Shure MV5C

They say: Make sure you’re heard clearly in presentations and important meetings with the professional sound of the MV5C home office microphone. The MV5C will help you sound great from the comfort of your desk, and it can be used with or without headphones.



Shure MV5C
Shure MV5C

We say: It’s worth investing in a dedicated mic if you do most of your internet meetings at your home office. There are few more prestigious names in mic manufacturing than Sure, so you can be, uh, sure it’ll do the trick. Don’t forget to turn it on.

Cost: £115

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