Microphones

Cherry Xtrfy Ngale X Microphone and Boom Arm Review: Excellent Sound in a Familiar Form Factor

In early 2023, the German company Cherry joined forces with Swedish brand Xtrfy to become Cherry Xtrfy and now offers a varied line of products, including gaming mice, keyboards, headsets, and, most recently, microphones. The Cherry Xtrfy Ngale X microphone ($189.00) represents the top of the line, which also includes the Ngale R Microphone ($119.00) as well as the UM series, which includes the UM 9.0 Pro RGB ($149.99), the UM 6.0 Advanced ($109.99) and the UM 3.0 ($79.99).


SteelSeries Alias Pro XLR Mic Review: Two Excellent Products in One

SteelSeries has earned a reputation for its high-quality gaming headsets and has now entered the gaming microphone market with two versions of its new Alias microphone. I am testing the SteelSeries Alias Pro, an XLR microphone, and the Stream Mixer interface in this review. A sister product, the SteelSeries Alias, is a USB microphone with an integrated interface.



UPDATED: Audigo Wireless Microphone Review: Remote Recording Made Easy

Audigo Labs is a San Fransico-based company founded in 2019 by drummer and former Tesla engineer Armen Nazarian “after being frustrated by the lack of simple to use, high-quality sound recording solutions available to content creators.” The Audigo wireless microphone works as an extension of your iPhone to greatly improve the quality of your recordings, be they in your studio or backyard.





Gather up Your Spare Change for the Mark Levinson No 5909 Over-Ear Headphones and a Bunch of Great New JBL Products

Harman and its subsidiary brands consistently deliver some of the best audio products on the market. Whether it be headphones, wireless speakers, home audio, or portable audio, there’s something for everyone. Some of the latest audio products we have to look forward to this year from Harman brands include the new Mark Levinson No. 5909 wireless headphones and new headphones, speakers, and a gaming microphone from JBL.


AKG Ara Microphone Review: Easy to Use, and It Sounds Great

Cameras and microphones have become part of daily life for many of us during the pandemic. While most external video cameras have built-in microphones, they’re usually only slightly better than using the microphone integrated into a laptop. Unfortunately, the best external microphones are often rather complicated to use. However, the AKG Ara microphone is an excellent dual pattern USB mic, and it’s easy to use.


Shure MV7X Podcast and MV88+ Stereo USB Microphones: Perfect for Content Creators

Shure makes some of the best microphones on the market, and their portfolio just got a bit bigger. They’ve just introduced two new microphones, the Shure MV7X Podcast Microphone and the Shure MV88+ Stereo USB Microphone. Each serves a different kind of creative and, if past experience with Shure microphones holds as I expect it will, both will be awesome.






It’s International Podcast Day — Here Are Some Products to Get Your Show Started

2020 has given us a lot of time to reflect, complete goals, and even find new things to do with our time. One growing trend has creatives starting podcasts. September 30th is International Podcast Day, and there’s never been a better time to get started. No matter what platform you decide to publish your show on, all podcasts have to start with the proper equipment, and I think these are some that are worth checking out.



A Review of MXL’s AC-404 LED USB Microphone

As a podcaster, I’m typically of a simple mindset — Absolutely no USB Microphones. They are a hindrance when recording as well as editing, picking up every single noise possible. But MXL’s AC-404 USB Conference Microphone actually surprised me; here are my thoughts.


Become a Podcasting Hero with the MXL APS Podcasting Bundle

For the past few years, I’ve been trying to increase Gear Diary’s presence on YouTube. Sure, we are approaching nine million lifetime views but that’s not enough. But do make a decent video requires a good microphone. I’ve tried a few, but MXL Podcasting APS Bundle promises to make it even easier.


Shure MV88+ Video Kit Is Mobile Videography Bliss

At my first CES, I carried a huge backpack with a mirrorless camera and tons of gear. It was a lot. Thanks to the Shure MV88+ Video Kit, my iPhone is now a powerful tool for capturing video on the go. It is light, relatively affordable and, in combination with my iPhone and Shure’s free apps, it gets the job done!


Blue Blackout Spark SL Condenser Microphone Review

Being a podcaster, I’ve learned that a good microphone is hard to find. You can search any group, any forum, and someone will suggest the Blue Yeti Mic as a starter microphone. But what if I told you that while USB microphones are great, Blue Microphones offers better microphones that are more versatile, that will grow with you over time?


Blue Ember XLR Microphone: Making Podcasting Easier

Alright, let just get this out of the way now: If you’ve ever attempted to podcast using a USB Microphone, it’s not the greatest experience you will have. Sure, a USB microphone may be most convenient, but with the Blue Ember XLR Microphone, you can have complete control as you record your audio.