Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Consumer Electronics  > TV, Home Theater & Audio > Microphone

Microphone Cost


How Much Does a Microphone Cost?

 
low costGeneral Purpose: $15-$50average costHandheld: $30-$300+high costStudio: $100-$1,000+
post E-mail post Post  

The cost of a microphone (also known as a mic or mike) varies according to the intended use. Microphones can be used for podcasting, voice recording, karaoke singing, live broadcasts or with Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) applications (see How Much Does Internet Phone Service Cost). Microphones are usually either dynamic mics or condenser mics. Dynamic mics use magnetics, are less expensive and more rugged while condenser microphones are powered by electricity and are smaller and more sensitive.

Typical costs:

  • A general purpose vocal microphone costs $15 to $50. Expect a dynamic, handheld microphone for use in a home studio or with a karaoke machine. The Nady SP-4C[1] costs about $16 and features an XLR connector (used in professional equipment) and a standard 1/4-inch jack found in most amplifiers and home audio equipment.
  • Desktop computer microphones are suitable for voice recording, podcasting and VOIP applications from services such as Skype. Expect to pay $3 to $75 for a desktop microphone with either a USB connection or mini 3.5mm mic-in jack. The Logitech USB Desktop Microphone pivots on its base for comfortable positioning and features an 8 foot long USB cord for $20 to $30.
  • Handheld microphones suitable for live performances (speeches, singing, interviews) need to be durable so tend to be dynamic microphones. Most offer directional pickup systems that only pickup sound from in front of the mic and not crowd or background noise. These cost $30 to $300 or more. An example is the Shure SM58[2] costing about $100.
  • Hands-free microphones for stage use include headsets, ear-sets and lavalier microphones (tiny mics that clip on ties or blouses). Due to the smaller size, expect condenser microphones with either directional or omnidirectional pickup (recording sound from every direction) costing $70 to $500 or more. An example of a lavalier microphone is the Sony ECM44B[3] , which costs about $220 and includes a holder clip and XLR connector. The AKG C520[4] is a headset microphone that costs $160 and offers a cardioid directional mic (with a heart-shaped sensitivity pattern), suitable for concert recording as it doesn't totally eliminate background noise.
  • Wireless microphones offer greater convenience and mobility for a performer and can be found in handheld, headset or lavalier designs. In handheld wireless microphones the transmitter is integrated into the mic, while a separate pocket-sized transmitter is required for headset or lavalier microphones. Expect to pay $120 to $500 or more for a wireless microphone. The Audio-Technica 2000 series[5] , for example, features a receiver and handheld microphone or receiver, transmitter and either a lavalier or headset microphone. It costs from $277 with lavalier or headset, and from $262 with handheld microphone.
  • Studio microphones are typically condenser mics, since they're more sensitive and don't need to be as rugged as stage mics. Expect to pay $100 to $1,000 or more for a high quality studio microphone. The Rode NT2-A condenser studio microphone has three different pickup patterns, including omnidirectional and cardioid, and costs about $400.
Related articles: Microphone Stand, Amplifier, Stereo Receiver, Speakers, Singing Lessons, Guitar Lessons

What should be included:
  • Most handheld microphones come with an on/off switch and cable.
  • Many microphones include a stand clip and protective pouch.
  • A microphone should include at least a one year limited warranty.
Additional costs:
  • A microphone stand costs $10 to $30 or more for professional quality equipment. See How Much Does a Microphone Stand Cost for more details.
  • A basic microphone clip that attaches to a stand costs $2 to $25. A shock mount isolates the microphone from physical vibration and stand noise and costs $15 to $95.
  • A microphone pop filter helps prevent the popping sound during voice recordings and typically costs about $15 to $30.
  • A foam windscreen for a handheld microphone for use on stage or in a studio costs about $5 to $10 while a wind muff for use outside costs $5 to $40 or more for professional grade quality.
  • Some microphones that use an XLR connection may or may not come with an XLR cable to connect it to an amp or receiver. A 15' XLR cable can run $10-$20.
  • Microphone extension cable costs $5 to $20 or more depending on length.
Discounts:
  • Online retailers such as Amazon[6] sell brand-name microphones in discounted packages that include the mic along with accessories such as a stand, pop filter and/or shock mount. The price of these kits represents a discount over buying the items separately but make sure every piece in the outfit is required.
  • B&H[7] offers used microphones at a discount.
  • Sweetwater's Trading Post[8] offers customers the opportunity to buy and sell used music and audio equipment, including microphones.
Shopping for a microphone:
  • J&R[9] offers a microphone buying guide.
  • Compare online prices from sites such as B&H[10] with those from national retails chains such as Best Buy[11] .
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Microphone
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type: Brand: 
Model:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.nady.com/sp4c.html
  2.  www.shure.com/americas/products/microphones/sm/sm58-vocal-microphone
  3.  pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/product-ECM44B/
  4.  www.akg.com/Home-793.html
  5.  www.audio-technica.com/cms/wls_systems/6bc6d93a774d761d/index.html
  6.  www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=11974521
  7.  www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Pro-Audio/ci/2875/N/4294246787
  8.  tradingpost.sweetwater.com
  9.  www.jr.com/product/productGuide.jsp?contentPath=/Content/media/html/productGuides/Audio...
  10.  www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Professional-Audio/ci/12154/N/4294550705
  11.  www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_dynSessConf=-2510200...
More Consumer Electronics Topics
Check Out All Costs for Consumer Electronics Microsoft Xbox One Prices Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Prices Toshiba 32C120U Prices

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 


Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
PFT Cost Dallas
Paid: 2568.00
My regular doctor wanted me to see a specialist since he didn't like my spirometry results. I reluctantly agreed since I never have problems. Two doctor visits later and I'm out $2568... [more]
-CHRIS REED
Pulmonary Function Test Cost
WHEEL ALIGNMENT
Paid: 85.59
GAVE ME A PAPERSHOWING RED AND GREEN ALIGNMENT, RED MEANING IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED. WHEN IT WAS DONE THEIR WAS STILL RED SHOWING IMPROPER ALIGNMENT, HE SAID WE CANT FIX THAT UNLESS I PAY ANOTHER $119.00...WHAT A BUNCH OF CROOKS..... [more]
-JAMES DENOS
Wheel Alignment Cost
Crazy Expensive for a 250 gal tank in San Diego
Paid: 4.43
We have a rental property that had an AmeriGas tank on it that's used for the outdoors (pool/spa and fire pit)... [more]
-jessmeagan
Propane Cost
Am I paying too much
Paid: 1800.00
I have a small auto repair shop. He prepared my tax return in 2016. I do my own 941, wage report and monthly taxes. He does the rest and I still get charged 1800.00... [more]
-Martín Duran
Business Tax Preparation Cost
Tsh t3 and t4
Paid: 2500.00
Any ideas what to do? I do not want to pay this... [more]
-Thisbillistohigh
Thyroid Test Cost
Teeth Cleaning
Paid: 0.00
in order to prefer cleaning, $149 for blood work, chest X-rays and an ekg another $375 and then he brings in a specialist to sedate, X-ray and clean, scale and polish for $809 and then extra if anything is wrong... [more]
-breaking the bank
Dog Teeth Cleaning Cost