Looking for a quality microphone for my Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bounou, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. bounou macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    So I want to get a microphone for my Mac.

    I have little experience with microphones honestly, looking to get something goood that will give much better sound quality then the built in microphone on my Thunderbolt Display.

    Mostly use it for FaceTime, Skype, dictation and some audio recording.

    Needs to be in the 100$-200$ range asi am unwilling to spend more for a microphone.

    Anyone have anything they can recommend?
  2. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    That is a lot of money for a Mic for that sort of thing.

    Go to BH Photo web site or Sweetware.com and take a look. Basically any mic works for what you want.

    Make it hypercardiode, that means very directional, so it will reject the noise around. You can look too for a head set.
  3. curteye macrumors newbie


    Aloha b,

    Try this:

    Good Luck!
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I'm starting to use Skype a bit more. I used to think that "any microphone will do" but know better now. Pick the app that you're using the most and check for certification - MS's Skype portal lists several devices with microphones that are certified with their app. I settled for the Plantronics H800, a wireless headphone/mic and it's pretty good. I use it for dictation and transcribing text on my Mac and my iPhone, for phone calls, and Facetime calls.

    My business partner brought his Cisco-certified microphone to work and it just didn't work with Skype very well. The H800 didn't sound very good on his Cisco device when I used it. Each app, like Skype, Oovoo, and the Cisco app uses their own vocodor. The H800 was $65 at Best Buy - a cheap but effective device that works great on my Mac and iOS Skype apps. Cheers!
  5. rrl macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2009

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