The 10 Best Stereo Microphones

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Whether you're trying to track vocals or instruments in a studio or add some professional-grade audio to your video captures, the stereo microphones on our list will provide you with great sound. They each have the means to create a strong, clear signal, and we've ranked them here by their audio fidelity, build quality, and their ability to be used in a multitude of situations. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Rode NT4 X/Y Condenser

2. Blue Yeti USB

3. Audio-Technica AT4050ST Condenser

Editor's Notes

February 13, 2019:

Most of the mics in this category are designed for use either in a studio, or to be mounted on top of a video camera of some kind. The former group offers a bunch of different configurations, with switchable mid-side stereo being among the most popular and versatile. The Avantone model on our list takes that to the next level by providing you with a capsule whose chamber actually rotates to create stereo images of varying degrees. It's a fine idea, even if it isn't terribly well executed. More established names — specifically Rode and Audio-Technica — occupy the top spots, and each company also has additional offerings throughout. Perhaps the Blue Yeti is the big surprise here, as it's a desktop USB option that happens to offer incredible sound for its price. And with the popularity of home podcasting on the rise, it might be just what people are looking for.

4. Rode VideoMic X

5. Avantone Pro CK-40

6. Audio-Technica AT2022 X/Y

7. Audio-Technica AT8024 Camera Mount

8. Shure MV88

9. Audio-Technica Pro 24

10. Sony ECMCS3 Clip

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on February 16, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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