How the test was made
We carry out all of our tests ourselves and test all products in real conditions. We tested the microphones in their intended environments. If the microphone is intended for home studios, we have created such an environment. If the microphone is intended to be portable, we have used it in the type of environments it is meant for. All microphones have been connected as stated in the user manual, and have been tested with several different types of technical equipment to ensure that any faults aren't related to aspects such as the computer used in the test.
We have focused on the following aspects.
Sound: How good is the sound quality of the recorded material? Is there any noise? How natural is the sound? How clean is the sound? Is the sound well balanced? How well does the directional sensitivity work when we move around the microphone? How much environmental noise is picked up?
Build quality: How well built is the microphone? Are there parts that give off noises? If there are controls, can they be altered during recording without them giving off noise? Do the controls move smoothly? Is the microphone stable?
Functionality: Are there any functions in addition to the microphone's primary ones? If so, how does it perform? Does it include any software? If so, how user-friendly is it and what possibilities does it provide?
Beyond these factors, we have also taken into account user-friendliness, the manual and guarantee. Finally, we have compared all of these aspects with the price of the test product and allocated a score on the basis of value for money.
The Blue Microphones Yeti is a table microphone that gives you lots of sound and has good build quality for the money, and is therefore our best in test. It's well built apart from slightly sluggish controls, and has a stable design. You have access to a decent number of settings. In terms of design, it's quite big, but the rounded shape makes it seem smaller. It's easy to orient. You can fix it in a particular position using the two controls on the side. With the USB cable connected, you can easily get started with recording. This makes the Yeti extremely user-friendly even for those who aren't used to technical products. We like the fact that there's a physical mute button. This is very useful, for example, when you're speaking into the microphone and want to be able to quickly turn off the sound if someone comes into the room.
The Yeti gives you very high quality recording quality given the price tag. In this price class and segment, you can't find a microphone that performs better. You get a very natural soundstage which is clean and clear and with good balance. At the same time, noise is kept to a very low level. Unfortunately it does also pick up a bit of environmental noise regardless of how you set the sensitivity, which impairs the good impression somewhat. For example, a computer with a noisy fan can produce audible noise in your recordings. There's quite a big difference when you rotate the sensitivity knob, so you should experiment with this before starting to record. But even on the lowest level we experience quite a lot of environmental noise. The USB cable is very long, which means you can place yourself a little way from the computer, but this is still a negative point in the test report. However, given the price this is a very good value for money table microphone suitable for those wanting to record podcasts, YouTube films or if you want to stream to Twitch or similar services.
The Antlion Audio Modmic 4 is a discreet, small external boom microphone that can be attached to your normal headphones and which delivers good sound quality. The microphone is connected to the computer's microphone input and then positioned in a suitable place. It includes a number of plastic clasps and adhesive pads that you can use to attach the microphone. For example, you can use an adhesive pad to attach it directly to your desk. If your headphones are wired, you can instead use a plastic clasp to attach the microphone there. Another exciting solution is to attach it directly to the headphones with an adhesive pad. We like the length of this boom microphone as well as the fact that you can angle it with a small screw. This gives you even better positioning options. The Modmic 4 gets still more points for its discreet travelling case and the mute button on the cable.
Even if the Modmic 4 generally has high sound quality, in some cases it can pick up static sound when you use an analogue connection. There are ways around this, but you should check whether this problem occurs with your particular sound card - and if so how to resolve it - before buying. For example, one solution is to use an external USB sound card. But this doesn't happen with all computers and out of the four we tested, we only had the issue with one. The microphone has no problems picking up sound at distance, so it works very well if you want to position it on your desk. However, you shouldn't place it too close to the computer as it then risks picking up sound from the keyboard and fan. Overall, it does a good job to reduce environmental noise and simultaneously pick up your voice. In summary, the Modmic 4 is an excellent option if you already have a pair of headphones that you like and which you want to supplement with a good microphone. It's ideal for anyone playing games in a group, both on a LAN and at home - and also for playing games online.
The Razer Seiren Pro is a microphone with really good sound quality and a user-friendly OLED screen that provides information about the volume etc. The microphone is very easy to understand and start using. The controls are clear and exude high quality when you rotate them. The actual microphone is stable and you essentially only have to plug it in to start using it. The sound quality is exemplary, with good sound balance and hardly any noise. But we have still identified a couple of shortcomings. The first is that the bass is a little exaggerated and thus not entirely natural. The second is that the microphone easily picks up environmental noise and so should only be used in silent surroundings. We would have liked to see it being possible to control the sensitivity more, given the price tag. The available controls don't make a sufficiently noticeable difference. In some cases, background noise can add to a recording, but it shouldn't take over as it tends to with this unit. Another disadvantage with the Seiren Pro is the price. You may get an OLED screen into the bargain, but in terms of sound quality you can find equivalent products for a significantly lower price. So if you have no need to make exact adjustments directly on the microphone, this isn't good value for money. But if you're prepared to pay extra for this functionality and have a silent recording environment, the Razer Seiren Pro is an excellent choice.