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Best Microphones For Virtual Presentations

Best Microphones For Virtual Presentations

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What are the best microphones for virtual presentations? In this video I’ll compare 5 popular types of microphones, including my favorite, which costs less than $100! 


In this video I'll be comparing five different types of microphones that you can use when giving your own virtual presentations. Let's do it!

Hi, I'm Joshua Seth keynote speaker on communication and presentation skills. When you're getting ready to give your next virtual presentation or participate in a video conference call, the choice of mic that you use is very important.

I'm going to go over five different options that you can use and compare those microphones right here in this video.

The first one is this mic. This is my favorite. You'll see this in a lot of my videos. Amazingly, it only costs $100 on Amazon, and the link is down below in the video.

It's the MXL 990 XLR mic, and you can hear me speaking into it right now.

Now because it's an XLR mic. I realize most people are not going to want to use this option, because you need a mixer to go between the XLR on the microphone cable and the USB input on the back of your computer. Also, many people don't want to have a microphone in the shot. I get that I don't always use it myself for that reason, but it does give the best audio quality of all five of these options.

So how's that for getting right to the point now let's go to the worst option.

This is the iMac microphone and I'm sure you can tell the difference immediately. This is the microphone embedded into the computer itself. A computer microphone is better than no microphone at all, but not a lot.

And here I am talking into the apple air pods now. This isn't a terrible choice. It gives you mobility. It's low profile you can hear and be heard through them. But I think you'll agree the sound quality is not as good as it was with the XLR mic.

I'm now talking directly into the Yeti Blue. This is by far the most popular USB microphone for doing virtual presentations. And it's pretty good. The main limitation is it's meant to go on your desk and therefore you need to be very close to it. In fact, I'm sitting for this video I typically stand for energy but I'm sitting in order to be able to have good proximity for the demonstration of this Yeti Blue Microphone. This is what it sounds like.

And yes, I know it can go on a boom. Just like this one, but it's a big heavy microphone. I don't think that's the best way to use it. It's meant really to go on a stand on your desk. That's how I have it placed right now.

And finally here we have a wireless lavalier mic. This is my favorite option for when I want to be mobile and move around. The one that I'm using is a Shure wireless mic but it's a bit expensive. I've had it for a long time. If I were to buy one or recommend one today, it would actually be the Rode Go and that link is down below as well.

So to complete this microphone comparison, I'll now read the same paragraph out of my own book Finding Focus In A Changing World using all 5 microphones. Here we go, starting with the first mic, the wireless lavaliere. "The secret to making the impossible possible is relaxed concentration, the ability to focus on the task at hand until completion and the clarity of mind to know what's working in the first place." 

Here's the same paragraph using the Blue Yeti microphone. "The secret to making the impossible possible is relaxed concentration the ability to focus on the task at hand until completion and the clarity of mind to know what's worth doing in the first place."

Here it is with the Apple AirPods. "The secret to making the impossible possible is relaxed concentration, the ability to focus on the task at hand until completion and the clarity of mind to know what's worth doing in the first place."

And now using the computer microphone. "The secret to making the impossible possible is relaxed concentration, the ability to focus on the task at hand until completion and the clarity of mind to know what's worth doing in the first place."

And finally here it is with the MXL 990. XLR microphone my favorite. "The secret to making the impossible possible is relaxed concentration, the ability to focus on the task at hand until completion and the clarity of mind to know what's worth doing in the first place."

So there you have it, a comparison of five different microphones that you can use in your own virtual presentations. Obviously, this MXL 990 is my favorite. You see it in most of my videos.

My second favorite is the wireless lavalier mic if I need to move around and have some mobility or don't want the microphone prominent in the shot. Thanks for watching.

MXL-900: https://amzn.to/2SCckvc 

Blue Yeti: https://amzn.to/3fudLVw 

AirPods: https://amzn.to/2RM7gVk 

Rode Go: https://amzn.to/3yKBc4H 

iMac: https://www.apple.com/imac-24/

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