The best headphones and microphones for streaming (mid-2020)

The best options for new and veteran streamers.

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Streaming is a way of connecting with viewers while playing whatever game you want as long as it doesn’t get you in trouble. Whether you are primarily on Twitch, YouTube Gaming, or Mixer, having the streaming equipment is essential to take it seriously as a job if you get lucky. The professionals might make it look easy to be a streamer, but it can be quite expensive.

One of the essential tips for streaming is to start small, but once you have a comfortable budget, you can pay for what you want for your streaming needs. It takes time and effort to make streaming a professional job. With that, we have a list of three microphones and headsets that are sensibly priced but will ensure long-lasting quality for your Twitch, YouTube, or Mixer stream.

Razer Nari Ultimate

Starting with the headphones, we have the Razer Nari Ultimate. Brought by the same people who made the fantastic gaming laptops, these headphones are worth the features it boasts of providing amazing sound and comfort. The features for the Razer Nari Ultimate include swiveling ear cups, high-density foam, and a wired mode.

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SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

This is a great recommendation if you do not mind paying a somewhat hefty price. As the name suggests, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is a wireless headset that fits your streaming needs. It does have a microphone built into it if this saves you the trouble of buying a microphone. Features for these headphones include a dual wireless system, premium speaker drivers, and a ski-goggle adjustment for different head sizes.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger

HyperX headsets feature lightweight comfort and high-quality performance for a reasonable price. This headset is perfect if you tend to stream for several hours at a time. The lightweight design and comfortable padding make it easy to forget you are wearing these headphones. HyperX offers many variations for this headset so you can shop around until you find one to fit your needs. The flexible noise-canceling mic automatically mutes when raised.

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Blue Yeti X

The Blue Yeti series of USB microphones may be the most easily recognizable in the industry. This brand is familiar with streamers looking for an affordable, but very efficient microphone that offers amazing sound quality. This microphone is also versatile as it can be used in general voice chat as well as streaming. Features for the Blue Yeti include a four-capsule condenser array, an improvement on the original Yeti’s three capsule array, Blue VO!CE broadcast software and high-res LED metering. VO!CE allows you to have greater control over how you sound on stream while the new capsule array increases clarity and allows you to easily change setting to suit your needs for streaming or content creation. The new LED meter now shows your voice level at a glance and allows you to make adjustments on the fly.

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HyperX Quadcast

Like HyperX headsets, the Quadcast is designed to be easy to use and affordable while providing superior sound quality. The mic comes with an internal pop filter and a good built-in shock mount with a mount adapter to prevent the mic from picking up any accidental bumps or taps while streaming. It also has a touch-sensitive mute button with an LED indicator, so the annoying clicking of the normal mute button will soon be a bad memory. The mic has four selectable polar patterns that you can easily switch between to best suit your needs. While this mic doesn’t feature all of the bells and whistles of many other mics of comparable quality, it is effortless to set up and use, making it great for new and veteran streamers alike.

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Samson G-Track Pro

For the ultimate package in terms of price and quality, the Samson G-Track Pro fits the bill for a fantastic microphone for streaming. Like with the Blue Yeti, it is a USB microphone, but it excels slightly due to outperforming it in every possible way. It is a great microphone that is not too pricey but gets the job done for streaming commentary. The features include an audio interface and mixer, dual one-inch condenser capsules, and up to three pickup patterns.

Original post by Rebekah McPherson, update by Davy Davison.

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