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Best Closed-Back Studio Headphones For Recording Podcasts & Music

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When you’re recording a podcast, it’s important to use headphones to monitor the audio so you can listen for static, loudness and other issues. You’ll want to use either a USB microphone with a headphone output for zero delay monitoring or use an audio interface or mixer to achieve the same zero-latency monitoring.

When recording you should use closed-back headphones so that the microphone doesn’t pick up audio bleeding (sound coming from the headphones).

The other type of headphones that are commonly used in studios are open-back headphones, which purposely allow sound to bleed because they tend to be more full and accurate-sounding – great for mixing, not so great for recording.

We’re going to take a look at the best closed-back over ear headphones, updated as of November 2022. The prices can vary widely, but there are many great options under $200.

The price tends to stay relative with sound quality (ie. you get what you pay for). Some will be less, some more – we’ll highlight a variety so you can find the best choice for your budget. For the most part, the price will descend as you go down the page.

Here are my favorite closed-back headphone at the various price points:

Best Smartphone Tripods, Stands & Mounts For iPhone & Android

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Smartphone tripods allow you to improve the quality of your recordings – for both audio and video.

When you have the phone stable, you will get more consistent and even audio (assuming you stay in the same spot as well). Video quality is also improved by the stability for obvious reasons – and you can get shots and angles you normally couldn’t without a tripod.

We are going to look at the best smartphone tripods and mounts in 2022 that work with both iPhones and Android smartphones. We’ll start with the best smartphone mount attachments so you can use your phone with standard tripods, sliders, and boom arms. Then we’ll recommend a couple stand-alone tripods, and lastly, the best all-in-one tripod & mount solutions.

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Best USB Microphones For Podcasting & Voice Recording

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USB microphones are the easiest to use when you want to start podcasting. You basically plug them in and start recording.

The other option is XLR microphones. These will require a mixer or USB interface. We don’t want to worry about that when you want to get started quickly.

Typically, XLR mics are “more professional” but that doesn’t mean there aren’t amazing USB microphones for pretty much any budget.

One thing to keep in mind is how much background noise you will have in your recording area: computer fans, HVAC, traffic, etc. Condenser mics pick up more background sound and are best suited for quieter environments. Dynamic mics will sound better in a less than perfect recording area or if you have multiple people speaking into separate mics.

I favored USB mics that included headphone monitoring jacks as it’s important to listen as you record, so you might as well get used to it now. Combine one of these mics with a pair of closed-back headphones that fit your budget and a microphone desk stand and you’ll be off to a great start!

Quick note: If you’re looking for a USB-C mic, you can simply get a USB-A to USB-C adapter.

Let’s start with my top 2 picks (both under $200) for the best USB microphone for podcasting and home recording in 2022:

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Best External Microphones For iPhone (X,11,12) & iOS (Lightning & TRRS)

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The iPhone audio is actually pretty decent for a phone, but if you are regularly recording interviews, YouTube videos or podcasts, you’ll definitely want to invest in an external iPhone microphone. You can also use these mics on-camera, or for recording music, meetings, and more.

One tip: turn on Airplane Mode while recording or you will likely experience cellular feedback or distortion.

We are going to focus on the best iPhone mics in 2022 that use the lightning port as that is what Apple has used for the most recent iPhone and are likely to continue using, but you’ll also find a few that use the headphone jack.

Our top iPhone mic for most people: Shure MV88

If you are looking for a lavalier mic that plugs into the headphone jack (or Lightning-to-headphone adapter), check out the first 3 recommendations in our best lavalier mics post.

If you want wireless options, check out the wireless lav mics here.

If you are looking for something to use with the Apple camera connection adapter, take a look at the best USB microphones post.

Quick Overview: Best External Microphones For iPhone and iOS

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Shure MV88
  • Provides superior audio quality and clarity
  • Apple MFi certified compatible with all iOS devices
  • 5 DSP preset modes
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Zoom iQ6 X/Y
  • Adjustable microphone angles from 90 to 120 degrees
  • Able to be used both on phones with cases and without
  • The same condenser microphones as the world-famous H4n
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Rode SC6-L
  • Comes with two smartLav+ mics
  • Gives you the ability to record interviews
  • Record separate tracks for each mic
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Rode VideoMic Me
  • Compact TRRS cardioid microphone designed for iOS devices
  • High-quality directional microphone
  • 3.5mm headphone output
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Rode IXY-L
  • Record stereo audio at 24-bit, 96 kHz
  • Matched pair of 1/2" Cardioid condenser capsules
  • Metal casing for Enhanced durability
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Best Lavalier Microphones (Wired & Wireless) For Recording & Live

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Lavalier microphones are also called lapel mics. They are small and clip to your shirt, collar or tie. The great thing about lavalier mics is that they allow you to record hands-free.

Once you have it positioned correctly, you won’t even have to think about the microphone. You can just focus on the content you are producing.

Because they are small and unobtrusive, they are great for video as well and are commonly used with DSLR cameras and iPhones.

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