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The Best Microphone for Your Budget - Cheap to Pro

Whether you're a podcaster, Twitch streamer or CNroundr, having a good microphone is essential to your content creation. We're taking a look at three mics that are worth your time if you're a content creator: the Razer Seiren Mini, the HyperX QuadCast S, and the Shure SM7B. The Blue Yeti is the standard streaming mic you typically see streamers use while streaming, but there are some other options out there when it comes to a streaming microphone.

The best budget mic is out there, so we have some pretty good options when it comes to the best streaming microphone on the market. These microphones are also great options if you're looking for a gaming microphone. A cheap microphone might be what you're looking for, but of course there are some professional microphone choices we have that may suit your needs for the best microphones. Our USB microphone review in the Razer Seiren Mini and the HyperX QuadCast S will likely help you make a decision in regards to picking a good streaming microphone or a microphone for podcast.

USB microphones are very commonplace these days, especially with home studio setups, so picking a good USB microphone is essential. What about a good microphone for gaming? The best microphones for gaming and broadcasting tend to be a condenser microphone or a dynamic microphone. You've likely seen a lot of Twitch streamers or CNroundrs using the Shure SM7B, which is a great option for a streaming microphone. The best budget mic is out there, and we'll help fill you in. Hopefully we'll be able to help you get the best recording mic for your budget! The best streaming microphone and the best budget microphone (or best budget mic) is ready for your vocals!
00:00 - Intro
00:53 - Razer Seiren Mini
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02:14 - HyperX QuadCast S
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03:32 - Shure SM7B
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04:51 - Sound Quality Comparison
05:11 - Conclusion
#IGN

评论 

  1. Rodney Buse

    Rodney Buse

    3 小时 前

    🤦‍♂️ this is just...no...just no. 🙄

  2. Samuel AR

    Samuel AR

    3 天 前

    The Verge PTSD flashbacks...

  3. ethan

    ethan

    4 天 前

    is this a crossover with the verge?? holy crap the sm7b take was ATROCIOUS???????? XLR to USB? HUH?? Phantom Power to this mic isn't needed UNLESS you're using a FetAmp/Cloudlifter

  4. Gabriel Rivera

    Gabriel Rivera

    4 天 前

    Yeti X FTW

  5. Smooper

    Smooper

    4 天 前

    My soul died when he said to use a XLR to USB cable for the SM7B. DO NOT DO THIS!!!! 😭😭

  6. Ash

    Ash

    5 天 前

    I'm not trying to Gatekeep, but you have no idea what you are talking about. The SM7B DOES NOT need Phantom Power. Also please don't use an XLR to USB Cable to connect this to a Computer, use an actual Audio Interface. If you want more gain because your interface doesn't have enough Gain to drive the mic, use an inline mic preamp, like the Triton Audio Fethead or the Klark Technick Mic Booster CT1. These preamps provide clean gain and DO require Phantom Power, but the results are fantastic.

  7. Dennis Hansson

    Dennis Hansson

    6 天 前

    4:20 NO NO NO!! im with @podcastage on this all the way!! OMG. IGN!!! this is on the Verge on being The Verge PC build.

  8. Matthew Lockyer

    Matthew Lockyer

    6 天 前

    This has the same vibe as the verge pc build video. Plese can big channles do some reserch befor trying to recomend stuff......

  9. Brendan Murphy

    Brendan Murphy

    6 天 前

    Link for the shirt please.

  10. Affinity For Games

    Affinity For Games

    6 天 前

    This is the audio equivalent of that Verge pc build video.

  11. Canu

    Canu

    6 天 前

    Try the Samson g track pro. Works like a charm.

  12. Ren Alcantara

    Ren Alcantara

    6 天 前

    SM7b plus an XLR to USB cable = a WORLD of hurt. That's pretty sketch advice.

  13. Mark's Game Reviews

    Mark's Game Reviews

    6 天 前

    Whoever wrote this guys script needs to go back to audio school. Phantom power does NOTHING for a Shure SM7B.

  14. Top Down

    Top Down

    6 天 前

    What!? Just as podcastage said, DO NOT us an XLR to USB cable to use an SM7B

  15. MD Gamming

    MD Gamming

    6 天 前

    They all sound the same

  16. gillythekid

    gillythekid

    6 天 前

    This is... a bad video :/ I’m sorry but this is all really terrible advice, especially in regards to the SM7b. This is going to spread a lot of misinformation to people who don’t know any better. Not to mention most of the people who purchase the SM7b nowadays don’t even know why they want it other than “everyone has it”. Definitely a unique sounding mic that doesn’t work universally on all applications as well as all voices.

  17. Arthur Tisseront

    Arthur Tisseront

    6 天 前

    Audio engineer here! The section on the SM7B is wrong to a pretty incredible degree - I'd expect better from an organization with the resources of IGN. Phantom power does nothing, at best, for most dynamic mics. At worst, running phantom power into a dynamic mic can break it. An XLR to USB cable is not sufficient to power *any* XLR mic, let alone a power-hungry dynamic like the Shure. For anyone looking to buy an XLR mic, you absolutely need an audio interface to power it. A computer cable connection is not sufficient. IGN should not be distributing misinformation like this.

  18. Ransom Garcia

    Ransom Garcia

    6 天 前

    I work for a vegas country radio station and we use the SM7B. It’s a tremendous mic, but it can absolutely be expensive for people getting a start. While it isn’t as flashy, I always recommend the Samson Q2U to people who are looking for a great sounding dynamic mic at a great price. It has both USB and XLR functionality too, for when you do want to eventually get into the XLR game.

  19. Kossler

    Kossler

    6 天 前

    The SM7b section is highly inaccurate. The SM7b is a dynamic microphone, so it is made SPECIFICALLY to NOT use phantom power. It's possible to actually damage some Dynamic microphones with Phantom Power. Also, an XLR to USB cables will sound awful with the amount electrical noise it would create and it is not AT ALL capable of pushing the volume of the SM7b. The SM7b is one of the most gain hungry microphones on the market. Get a dedicated audio interface and a cloudlifter.

  20. seayó

    seayó

    6 天 前

    This is soo terrible, reccomends garbage usb mics with way better options, recommends an sm7b with an xlr to usb cable WHEN ITS -59DB SENSITIVITY, you're gonna have to crank up the gain to max and probably boost it in post and get noise, please don't trust this video.

  21. Podcastage

    Podcastage

    6 天 前

    No. No. No. No. No. No. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. DO NOT use an XLR to USB cable with the SM7B!!!!! Additionally the SM7b will not benefit from phantom power.

    • Rodney Buse

      Rodney Buse

      3 小时 前

      😂👍

    • ホニャスチャンネルHonyasu's Channel

      ホニャスチャンネルHonyasu's Channel

      3 天 前

      The police is here....

    • swayzone

      swayzone

      4 天 前

      This is IGN. Did you expect them to actually know what they're talking about?

    • Jie Xiang

      Jie Xiang

      6 天 前

      Totally agree, the amout of line noise is crazy

    • Inkgnition

      Inkgnition

      6 天 前

      Preach it, brother!

  22. Guthrie Melchiade

    Guthrie Melchiade

    6 天 前

    You guys should of showed the Wave 1&3 since the software pretty much beats a lot of these mics for the price

  23. lv Mystogan Da Bear vl

    lv Mystogan Da Bear vl

    6 天 前

    The first HyperX Quadcast is legit fire.

  24. Jerky

    Jerky

    6 天 前

    They forgot about the mv7 by shure that’s a great mic it’s 250$ compared to the 400$ sm7b

  25. Jeremy JMIAH Williamson

    Jeremy JMIAH Williamson

    6 天 前

    yeah... we REALLY need a LIGHT on a mic to improve sound quality LOL

    • 15thCrypt

      15thCrypt

      6 天 前

      It really helps to see the sound waves

  26. 于景川

    于景川

    7 天 前

    why dont buy 2i2 or motu m2 to plugin SM7B Instead of a cheap usb cable.

  27. JwayneAdams

    JwayneAdams

    7 天 前

    Ign budget mics... 399,pirce of a ps5

  28. Gavin C.O.

    Gavin C.O.

    7 天 前

    i love this guy

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      6 天 前

      he loves you!

  29. Oliver

    Oliver

    7 天 前

    Wondering why the HyperX SoloCast hasn't been mentioned. Not everyone wants to spend £120+ on a microphone. The SoloCast outperforms what razer has to offer imo.

  30. Andrej Pokorny

    Andrej Pokorny

    7 天 前

    I recommend buying something like Audient EVO 4 for 100€ and some cheaper condenser mic mine first one was really cheap superlux for 40€ this will cost you around 140€ its a bit more expensive than hyperX microphone but in my opinion its mich better

  31. NUGGER BOI

    NUGGER BOI

    7 天 前

    shure and razer sound similar lol

  32. SILENT GAMER

    SILENT GAMER

    7 天 前

    all them compatible with ps5 ؟

  33. Maxim Cryseria

    Maxim Cryseria

    7 天 前

    When did ign become a tech channel?

  34. Beach Live

    Beach Live

    7 天 前

    I tried twitch. never got one viewer let alone 1 subscriber, no matter what i played or for how long....

  35. PepperPete11

    PepperPete11

    7 天 前

    Please do video camera's or webcams next

  36. ydoesitmatter

    ydoesitmatter

    7 天 前

    what about the elgato wave 1 or 3?

  37. gundamluver

    gundamluver

    7 天 前

    I have the HyperX and it's my first microphone. Love it so much and my husband got one as well

  38. IZAKQ

    IZAKQ

    7 天 前

    Elgato is nice too

  39. Frack

    Frack

    7 天 前

    Still using my old school Blue Snowball. Honestly don't know how far behind the curve it is. I haven't made content in years.

  40. Greg black

    Greg black

    7 天 前

    Do not use phantom power on shure sm7b. It will not help and can potentially harm your mic. You will need a Mic activator such as cloudlifter cl1 or klark teknik cm1.

  41. Ginja Nuttah

    Ginja Nuttah

    7 天 前

    When I closed my eyes I heard kermit

  42. Blynn Beltran

    Blynn Beltran

    7 天 前

    Just say $400.

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      NEVER!

  43. Pizza Planet Alien

    Pizza Planet Alien

    7 天 前

    Awesome vid, and this type of content I wish IGN keeps doing

  44. ThatRedHairedDude

    ThatRedHairedDude

    7 天 前

    Me thinking that all three sounded the same

  45. Kyotosomo

    Kyotosomo

    7 天 前

    Acoustically treating your environment and having a quality preamp is way more important than what mic you use, but do make sure to pick XLR over USB as USB will always be inferior. AT2020 is a cheap starter mic yet can still provide professional audio quality for like only $100. Honestly that's all you really need but if you want a top tier mic and can blow $1000 the TLM103 is a favorite among voice actors. Although if you're trying to go for a deep or soothing or commercial sound the MKH416 is worth considering too. If you're a voice actor a quality recording setup is important, but if you're a content creator do know this should be at the bottom of your priority list. Poor audio is not what's bringing you down, it's probably your thumbnails or content or video length. On a final note, if you're deadset on a USB mic, the Samsung Meteor is a cheaper better Yeti and is highly portable, I use it if I'm on vacation but still absolutely need to send in audio for a gig and the client is willing to accept mediocre sound quality. Anyway I hope all this helps, best of luck!

  46. Kaamel Mathis

    Kaamel Mathis

    7 天 前

    Just upgraded to the SM7B a couple weeks ago. Love it to death.

  47. Juan Paramo

    Juan Paramo

    7 天 前

    Recently got the elgato wave 3 and I love it

    • BKLYN Gamer 77

      BKLYN Gamer 77

      7 天 前

      Yeah that’s my first choice

  48. Alex Hempsall

    Alex Hempsall

    7 天 前

    Phantom power has absolutely no impact on a Shure SM7B as its a dynamic mic!

    • James Malloy

      James Malloy

      6 天 前

      @Brian Gomez Not every XLR mic needs separate power.

    • Brian Gomez

      Brian Gomez

      7 天 前

      @Alex Hempsall interesting. Thanks

    • Alex Hempsall

      Alex Hempsall

      7 天 前

      @Brian Gomez nope dynamic mics need no power at all. Condensers need power to charge the plates/diaphragm. As the diaphragm moves with the sound hitting it, the capacitance between the diaphragm and the charged plates varies producing the signal. Dynamic mics rely on sound hitting a membrane attached to a coil which moves over a magnet in conjunction with sound waves creating the signal by electromagnetic induction.

    • Brian Gomez

      Brian Gomez

      7 天 前

      does not every XLR mic require separate power to use since it's not getting powered through USB? Pretty sure that means a mixer or interface of some sort for phantom power. Or are you confusing that with say, a mic activator like a Cloudlifter?

  49. indieANER

    indieANER

    7 天 前

    Rose and Sennheiser is waaaay better than this crap!

  50. Briie Tsai

    Briie Tsai

    8 天 前

    Please do more videos like this

  51. wmosleycr7

    wmosleycr7

    8 天 前

    i would say this a better list: samson q2u USB $69.99 mxl 990 + behringer um2 AI $150 shure mv7 USB $250 Rode procaster + rode AI-1 $360 Shure sm7b + cloud lifter + focusrite scarlett solo $680

  52. D Addison

    D Addison

    8 天 前

    Dude you don't want to throw an XLR to USB on that shure mic. --Also getting a mixer? -No, get yourself a soundcard, Behringer, makes cheap ones, M-audio makes cheap ones, and Focusrite makes the most popular with it's Scarlett series. This dude isn't exactly misinformed but that microphone is not plug-n-play ready like he makes it seem.

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      Dude, I’m testing tech. XLR to USB is an option. I didn’t recommend it, I just let everyone know that there’s an item out there that can convert XLR to USB. Definitely not recommended, and I really doubt anyone who is looking at the Shure would even consider it as an option. But it’s our job to be thorough, especially since the other mics presented are USB types. And I don’t know why you’d say “no” to getting a mixer. Some folks, like myself, produce podcasts and need more than one XLR input for additional mics. I’m far from misinformed, my guy.

  53. Konstantin Grebennikov

    Konstantin Grebennikov

    8 天 前

    Whut dis todo wit content? Wth!? Voice=content?

  54. MumblinGamer

    MumblinGamer

    8 天 前

    What's with the plants?

    • MumblinGamer

      MumblinGamer

      7 天 前

      @Akeem Lawanson alot of things.

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      What’s your issue with plants?

  55. Di General (Why do people always argue in my reply/comment section)

    Di General (Why do people always argue in my reply/comment section)

    8 天 前

    That room looks cozy, man. I love all the plants

  56. AJ Zoro

    AJ Zoro

    8 天 前

    El Gato Wave 3 especially with the Wave link software!

  57. Soigne West

    Soigne West

    8 天 前

    dont forget about the Samson G Track Pro..! bought one a month ago and its amazing only like $130 as well from sweetwater

  58. Cookee MonstR

    Cookee MonstR

    8 天 前

    Elgato Wave 3.. Your Welcome Everyone.

    • Cookee MonstR

      Cookee MonstR

      6 天 前

      @BKLYN Gamer 77 no prob. ! Highly recommend it and totally worth especially since the software for the mic is a Mixer that lets u control each and every sound for every app seperately.

    • BKLYN Gamer 77

      BKLYN Gamer 77

      7 天 前

      Thank you!

  59. Godstime Agbongiague

    Godstime Agbongiague

    8 天 前

    Razor won for sound quality but me like the hyperX

  60. Asian Import

    Asian Import

    8 天 前

    Are there any mics out there that don’t require me to have a boom arm in my face? One that I can have 2-3 feet away? I heard I should look into shotgun mics.

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      You just gotta get a low-profile mic arm, like they use in radio studios.

    • YoungHoratio

      YoungHoratio

      8 天 前

      Get a elgato wave

  61. Tony Fights

    Tony Fights

    8 天 前

    you should've also included the gpro x by Logitech

  62. The Blind Leader

    The Blind Leader

    8 天 前

    Blue Yeti for me

  63. Killa-King Kong

    Killa-King Kong

    8 天 前

    I got the HyperX Quadcast 2 years ago when it launched. It’s the best mic I’ve used and still holding up very well and I see no reason at all to upgrade.

  64. malevxlent

    malevxlent

    8 天 前

    saving everyone buying the sieren. dont get it, get the hyper x solocast.

  65. Miguel Rodriguez

    Miguel Rodriguez

    8 天 前

    Honestly I just use the mic that's built-in to the PS5 control, it sounds better than the PlayStation headset

  66. waalex11

    waalex11

    8 天 前

    Bad Mic Testing. They all sound "great" but you didn't show to what extent background noise can be heard.

  67. Monster

    Monster

    8 天 前

    I dont hear much difference. I like the rgb one though cause RGB lol.

  68. Dataiconroy

    Dataiconroy

    8 天 前

    Super happy with my sm7b. Nothing compares to it's audio quality imo

  69. F0zzybe3ar

    F0zzybe3ar

    8 天 前

    imagine the elgato wave not being on here, ign knows nothing

    • F0zzybe3ar

      F0zzybe3ar

      7 天 前

      @Akeem Lawanson I have a lot of happiness in my life thanks.

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      @F0zzybe3ar lol, ooook 😂 hope you find some happiness in your life. buh'bye 👋🏾

    • F0zzybe3ar

      F0zzybe3ar

      7 天 前

      @Akeem Lawanson I'm not your bud :)

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      @F0zzybe3ar no worries, bud! Remain blessed :)

    • F0zzybe3ar

      F0zzybe3ar

      7 天 前

      @Akeem Lawanson already lost any respect for you by calling me fanboy. You should stay away from doing videos like this.

  70. Louis Gabay

    Louis Gabay

    8 天 前

    The regular razer seiren is also very worth the price. I have it and it is well worth $80 for all microphone needs.

  71. Sam Mitchell

    Sam Mitchell

    8 天 前

    Have a jlab talk go for zoom meetings and everyone comments how clear I sound.

  72. Turbosoggy

    Turbosoggy

    8 天 前

    just get a bm-800

  73. Lorna Dune

    Lorna Dune

    8 天 前

    I really wish you had thrown in a review of the yeti that you are using in this review. I was thinking of getting one. Thanks

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      @Lorna Dune no prob!

    • Lorna Dune

      Lorna Dune

      7 天 前

      @Akeem Lawanson thanks for the additional information

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      We unfortunately had to cut that portion out. But the yeti is a great choice, the sound is comparable to the HyperX Quadcast mic and similar features

  74. wryanne vanornum

    wryanne vanornum

    8 天 前

    For an sm7b, it'll cost you a total of 600 for every equipment to operate the mic

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      It’s quite expensive, but you’re investing in yourself and your craft. It’ll all last you for years

  75. Julio Torres

    Julio Torres

    8 天 前

    Thanks IGN! You appeared just when i was thinking on starting a stream. Please do a headset recommendation video :)

  76. MrRabidchipmunk69 banana

    MrRabidchipmunk69 banana

    8 天 前

    Will the hyper x mic pick up when about 22-24 inches aways dont want the mic directly infront of me

    • Akeem Lawanson

      Akeem Lawanson

      7 天 前

      Yeah, you just have to adjust the gain

  77. Jay Cee

    Jay Cee

    8 天 前

    I use Hyper X and it just fantastic especially it affordable prices. It has a built in filter too! I end up replacing my Blue Yeti with that.

  78. Bhuvan Kumar Gunessee

    Bhuvan Kumar Gunessee

    8 天 前

    I don't know if I should like or not. The video is nice, but the test at the end all 3 comparisons were not captured at the same time but the same sentence repeated somewhat differently each time per microphone.

  79. Kruegerx

    Kruegerx

    8 天 前

    Do any work with Xbox series x?

  80. Junior Tshangase

    Junior Tshangase

    8 天 前

    Im glad yalls released this

  81. Nassah Deys

    Nassah Deys

    8 天 前

    I use the Gaming Freak Chanter Bullet. A pretty great plug and play mic that costs less than 50 bucks.

  82. R3l0AD

    R3l0AD

    8 天 前

    Bruv they are still expensive for me

  83. Dayderlaw

    Dayderlaw

    8 天 前

    We need this video as everyone recommends blue yeti but it's getting old and there's better and cheaper mics now

    • EzioYuio

      EzioYuio

      天 前

      @Jeremy JMIAH Williamson yeah....no.

    • Jeremy JMIAH Williamson

      Jeremy JMIAH Williamson

      6 天 前

      I've got a Blue Spark digital and it's STILL badassery, but it's made for audio vocals in music. However, it'll connect to any device with USB, lightning, or micro USB. The quality is better than ALL of these combined too.

  84. Gromp

    Gromp

    8 天 前

    I genuinely don't hear a difference between any of them

  85. Rem Rens

    Rem Rens

    8 天 前

    I want RGB on everything...so I have no choice but to pick the HyperX one.

  86. arbknight12

    arbknight12

    8 天 前

    What if I want to make an attempt at abridging an anime series? Which mic is best for that?

  87. PlayHarderScrub

    PlayHarderScrub

    8 天 前

    I have a yeti but that RGB mic I neeeeeeeed it

  88. Alexander Vang

    Alexander Vang

    8 天 前

    i use a shure sm58 with a focusrite and thats way cheaper than the shure in this video

  89. Herr Bzzzd

    Herr Bzzzd

    8 天 前

    Content creation...foh. Sounds like CNroundrs or streamers are scientists / have meaningful work. Making a video is now something special. Consumers praise them then. Slaves.

  90. Z O

    Z O

    8 天 前

    I think calling them cheap is a bit misleading ir entitled lol, I have the Hyper X and I really love it, very clear sounding with builtin popfilter

    • KinG x STuDx

      KinG x STuDx

      8 天 前

      How is the background noise pick up? I have the Wave 3 right now and the mic picks up just about everything and has a very annoying "wind" type of sound in the background that is very loud even though I am in a dead quite room with no fan on.

  91. DrasticBread

    DrasticBread

    8 天 前

    I have the Audio-Technica AT2020 ($100) cardioid mic plugged into a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd gen ($110). It's a great combo especially for musicians, and works very well with the Air mode on the Scarlett Solo. If I had the budget I'd pick the Shure SM7B though, that's a mic that you'll find in just about any professional recording or broadcasting studio.

  92. Jason Shepherd

    Jason Shepherd

    8 天 前

    How do you determine whether a mic requires a phantom power or not?

    • wsl107

      wsl107

      8 天 前

      It will say so in the manual or the sellers site. The base is that dynamic mics don't need it and condensers do. But some condensers have their own power supply (like tube mics). And usb mics generally don't need it.

  93. Hill Eyes

    Hill Eyes

    8 天 前

    Hyperx solocast?

  94. Screen Fiends

    Screen Fiends

    8 天 前

    The Sure is a huge step up from the mics that proceeded it interms of sound quality.

    • RayDHD

      RayDHD

      8 天 前

      What?

  95. Tharja

    Tharja

    8 天 前

    Nothing ign recommends

  96. Araara SenPai

    Araara SenPai

    8 天 前

    Me with my 3$ mic :')

  97. Marcel Lasaj

    Marcel Lasaj

    8 天 前

    really IGN, a video about "the best mic" and the audio sounds hollow af?? 😅😅

    • wsl107

      wsl107

      8 天 前

      The only upside is that you do hear that a dynamic mic has less problems with an untreated room

  98. Atomic_Yin

    Atomic_Yin

    8 天 前

    Remember guys, you can make a cheap microphone sound 10+ times better with EQ & compression. No need to spend money on the most expensive gear unless you really want to make that choice.

  99. Keeppositive Gamer

    Keeppositive Gamer

    8 天 前

    I had a microphone Idea that you can put attachments on it so you can make different sounds with your voice... The most simple design is a flute that attaches to the microphone it allows you to play the flute at it's best sound without worrying about sound quality because the instrument is too far away

  100. MeMasterTanker

    MeMasterTanker

    8 天 前

    What about the Jlab Microphones?? They start at $50-$150.

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