Which USB Microphone should I get – Blue Yeti vs AirPods Pro vs MacBook

Recently I wanted to upgrade my microphone setup, because I found that audio recordings on my AirPods Pro were good, but not great.

There are 1,000+ USB Microphones on Amazon.

How do you know which one to get?

I also wanted to upgrade my Remote Working setup, so I was a bit more presentable and could work more comfortably from home.

Apple AirPods Pro

Designed to deliver Active Noise Cancellation for immersive sound, Transparency mode so you can hear your surroundings.

Blue Yeti Microphone

Blue Yeti Blackout USB Professional Multi-Pattern USB Microphone

I absolutely love the AirPods Pro.

Best personal audio device ever.

I now love my Blue Yeti USB Microphone.

For gaming, but also for business.

AirPods Pro

Best purchase I have ever made.

I use these more than any other device, in more flexible settings (home, gym, outdoors, shopping, work, etc) and pairs very nicely with Apple Watch when out-and-about.

I even have them engraved with my name.

I probably use these for more than 6 hours every day. They last, they’re very portable, easy to run with, great for video conferencing, and more.

But when I wanted to record some tutorial videos, I had two problems:

MacBook Pro

I love my MacBook Pro — does everything I need and more.

However, the microphone and webcam built in are for convenience, not for professional recording.

They work, but the quality isn’t superior, and it doesn’t need to be — professionals like musicians or photographers will have professional equipment that plug into the MacBook Pro.

EarPods

Just for comparison, I did try my EarPods for recording.

Remember those things, that used to come free with iPhones?

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

When I bought the Blue Yeti, I knew I was getting a quality device.

I’m certain that it’s not the best, but it’s very good value for money.

Something like this also has a timeless design, and looks great on my desk.

It’s beautiful.

I bought this for about $240 from EB Games, because JB Hifi were out of stock. Then an hour later, when I was buying an adaptor from Officeworks, I noticed it was listed for $190 — a big price difference. A big profit margin?

However, compared to the internal microphone in MacBook Pro 2017, it’s a significantly better recording quality.

I’m looking forward to using this with video conferencing and giving my ears a rest from always using AirPods Pro.

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