Recon Research Ranks the Audio Performance of 46 USB Podcast Microphones

Leading Analyst Firm Uses Double-Masked Research Methodology and Crowd-Sourced Data to Objectively Rank Performance of USB Podcast Mics

PARKLAND, FL. – April 6, 2023 – Recon Research (RR), a leading analyst firm focused on the UC, professional AV, conferencing, and collaboration markets, has just released objective audio performance rankings for 46 USB podcast microphones.

RR used its proprietary “Battle Program” methodology and cloud-based video / audio comparison engine to generate these rankings.

“Video may be sexy, but audio is king when it comes to virtual meetings, webinars, events, and podcasts,” said Ira M. Weinstein, Managing Partner at Recon Research.  “However, it’s not practical for a typical user to try out the different options and pick the best performer.  Our USB Podcast Mic performance rankings take the guesswork out of choosing the right mic.  That’s what the Battle Program is all about!”

To generate these rankings, RR analysts conducted hands-on testing of 46 USB podcast microphones from companies including AKG, AudioPro, Blue (Logitech), Elgato, EPOS, HyperX (HP), Razer, Rode, Shure, and Tonor.

Within a few weeks, our website visitors (“the crowd”) provided the thousands of battles we needed to generate accurate performance rankings.

[ See the Audio Performance Rankings for USB podcast microphones ]

“In the audio world, you are how you sound.  However, most people don’t know how they sound to the remote participants,” said James Kelly, Senior Analyst at Recon Research.  “We put dozens of leading USB podcast mics through their paces and found the best performers at every price point.  Whether you’re looking for a basic or a feature-rich USB podcast mic, this is the place to be.  It’s time to Go to Battle!”

Recon Research’s video and audio performance rankings are available free to all end-user customers and our Premium Subscribers.  For more information, contact or visit