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Best Microphone Stand

Whether you’re an aspiring musician, podcaster or even someone with a Youtube channel, there’s a lot to be said for a microphone stand. They allow you greater versatility in your setup and can help you to tailor your recording environment to be just the way you like it.

But with the huge amount of poor quality stands on the market, why take the risk? At best, it works just fine, but at worst, it could drop your very expensive microphone on the floor! That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best microphone stands on the market to give you the peace of mind you deserve. One things for sure, these products will strike a chord with anyone who records or performs often, so what are you waiting for?

Best Microphone Stands 2018

We’ve created a table below that will give you a quick overview of each of our top recommendations. There are a couple of important specifications too, but bear in mind that this is just to give you a feel for the products and we’ll cover each of them individually a little later on.

Product NameStand TypeMaximum Height
Neewer Microphone StandSuspension Scissor Arm31.5”
Pyle-Pro PMKS5Round base60.24”
LyxPro TMS-1Tripod66”
On Stage SMS7650Overhead Boom82”
RODE PSA1Swivel Mount33”

With that out of the way, let’s go more in depth with each mic stand. We’re going to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and overall quality fairly and comprehensively, which means we’ll pull no punches and if there’s a disadvantage, we’ll make sure to mention it. That said, we’ll begin with the Neewer NW-700.

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Neewer Microphone Stand – Best Mic Stand for Content Creators

The Neewer microphone stand is a suspension based, scissor arm microphone stand that attaches to the side of your desk. This lends itself to one thing in particular: content creation. In recent years, it’s become easier than ever to make a name for yourself online. From podcasting to streaming video games, there are a wealth of opportunities for you to reach an audience. However, for these, you need a microphone, and for your microphone, you need a stand.

This stand has a few features which make it invaluable for anyone who works mainly at a desk: firstly, its clamping mechanism is very wide, which ensures that it will fit snugly onto even a very thick (or very thin) desktop. Secondly, the arm has a maximum height of 31.5”, ensuring that even if it’s mounted to something lower than the height of your desk, it can still reach the spot you want it with no trouble at all.

Due to the slim frame and lightweight materials, this stand is extremely light, weighing in at just 1.1 pounds. Despite this, it feels solid and does a fantastic job at holding even a heavier microphone up, thanks to the heavy duty screws which tighten the various joints. These joints also allow the stand to be folded up when not in use, so it has a small physical footprint too.

The microphone clip has a maximum diameter of 1.26”, which is enough to accommodate most microphones, although it does exclude some of the larger models from being used unless you buy an alternative clip. These are available for a reasonable price online, but make sure you measure your microphone first, just to be safe.

The arm has space for a vocal shield to be attached, although you will have to purchase one yourself since the stand doesn’t come with one. With an approximate maximum carrying weight of around five pounds, it’s no problem at all to hold even a heavier microphone and shield, which is great news, since some inexpensive stands, especially the swing arm style, suffer from drooping when a mic is added.

Overall, we really liked this mic stand; it’s a lightweight and portable mic stand that can adjust to your height and attach to your desk. In short, it’s the ultimate travel stand. It might not look the prettiest, but it does its job and does it well.

PROS
  • Very lightweight and portable
  • Holds heavy microphones with ease
  • Very versatile
CONS
  • Not the most attractive
  • Mic clip is a little narrow
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Pyle-Pro PMKS5 – Best Mic Stand for Singers

If you’re a singer or someone who likes to move around a lot on stage, you’ll be aware of the trouble with tripod stands, namely their tendency to loosen up when moved around. For this reason, we’d recommend a weighted, round based mic stand like the Pyle-Pro PMKS5.

Weighing in at just under ten pounds, this stand is heavy enough to be stable at all times but light enough to carry around the stage with you. The rounded base also helps to stabilize and distribute the weight of the microphone so it’s not as prone to tipping as a tripod style stand.

The stand itself has a height range between 33” and 60.24” to allow you to adjust the microphone to the perfect height. Adjustments are made by loosening the ring around the center and pulling the stand up to extend it. The base is detachable to allow for easier transport and the microphone clip is large enough to hold a standard “karaoke style” dynamic microphone. Similar to the Neweer model, if you have a microphone with a thicker handle, you may have to purchase a larger microphone clip.

Another advantage of this stand is that because the base is weighted, you can even attach a boom arm to it (as long as you buy it first since this stand doesn’t come with one) and it won’t tip over. This will allow you to use a guitar and sing at the same time thanks to the added control over where the microphone is pointed.  Similarly, any vocal filter with a clip can attach to the top of this stand very quickly and easily.

If we had any complaints about this stand, it’d be that it’s a little plain. Whilst you don’t want a mic stand that draws attention away from the performer, this one is about as simple and basic as they come. This does help make it easier to use, however, which is a benefit in its own way.

All things considered, this microphone stand is great for a musician. It can be freely moved around the stage during an act without fear of it falling over or dropping the microphone. It’s primarily targeted towards singers, but can be modified to accommodate guitarist/vocalists as well. Despite its plain appearance, it’s a versatile and portable product that will be a great fit for new performers or veterans alike.

PROS
  • Supports a boom arm attachment
  • High maximum height
  • Heavy enough to be stable, light enough to be portable
CONS
  • Mic clip is a little narrow
  • Plain design
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LyxPro TMS-1– Best Mic Stand for Guitarists

Whilst a round based stand is better for an active performer, there are a lot of occasions where you don’t plan to move around whilst performing. This could be karaoke, recording in a studio or whilst performing an acoustic set. This is where a tripod stand comes in: they give great stability and often allow you to perfect the positioning of your microphone using a boom arm. Unlike a round based stand, this is what a tripod stand is actually designed for.

The LyxPro TMS-1 is one such stand:  it’s very light, weighing just over three pounds, and can be completely folded down to allow for easier travel between locations. Additionally, the three feet are fitted with non-slip rubber feet to ensure stability upon any surface.

The stand itself is made of metal and consists of three parts: the base, the stand, and the boom arm. These are made of steel and plastic, which helps to reduce the overall weight and increase portability, as well as keeping the cost low. Additionally, the low number of distinct parts means that setup is simple, and more importantly, quick.

The boom arm is just under 30” long and has a counterweight at the far end to prevent the arm from tilting. The counterweight is heavy enough to hold an average microphone, but if your mic is a little on the chunkier side, you’ll likely need to add some additional weight to keep things balanced.

The stand is secured to the base by way of tightening a nut, and there’s a comfortable grip on the upper part which allows you to quickly and easily adjust the height. The stand also has three rings attached to keep lengthy cables safe and secure, which is a great little feature, especially if you have pedals or amplifiers attached to your instrument.

All things considered, this is a pretty impressive mic stand. LyxPro has combined a low price tag and high degree of versatility to create the TMS-1. It’s perfect for performers who like to sit down whilst playing since it provides a sturdy base and a lengthy boom arm, whilst remaining easy to use and move from location to location as needed.  If you decide to go for this mic stand, trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

PROS
  • Inexpensive
  • Very portable
  • Boom arm is a good length
CONS
  • Counterweight could be heavier
  • Loosens up when moved
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On Stage SMS7650 – Best High-End Mic Stand

As a general rule, the more money you spend, the higher the quality of the product. This rings true for the On Stage SMS7650: whilst it is more expensive than the other mic stands on this list, it has a number of features which help to set it apart from the competition.

The first discerning factor is this stand’s removable casters. In a professional setting, this is an extraordinarily useful addition, since it allows you to record high-quality audio from a moving subject. You might have seen people shooting films with a camera on wheels? Well, the same principle applies here: a consistent quality recording, with a constant distance maintained between the microphone and the target results in a less distorted end product. We found the casters to be very quiet and were glad they were included, especially since the stand is heavier than most, weighing 15.5 pounds.

Unlike the LyxPro, this stand has a counterweight on the boom arm that’s more than heavy enough to support any professional quality microphone. The whole stand can be assembled in just a couple of minutes and is free from any panic-inducing wobbling or instability. There is one slight disadvantage, though, in that whilst it can be dissembled, it’s still quite bulky and therefore isn’t much fun to carry around. The poles could conceivably be put into a carry case, but the triangular base might stick out a bit.

This is also the stand with the largest reach in this list, by far. When fully extended, the arm can be 82” high, although you do have the option to unscrew half of the boom arm for a more limited reach (around 42”). This added versatility is much appreciated since not everyone needs a seven-foot tall microphone stand. It’s worth mentioning, though, that this height opens up a world of new uses such as recording live music over the heads of the crowd or use as an overhead drum mic.

Ultimately, some people may be put off by the cost, and that’s understandable, however, it’s important to understand that the only reason On Stage have given this stand a professional price tag is because it’s a professional quality product. Whether for use in a recording studio, or live on location, this stand will exceed your expectations, and then some.

PROS
  • Incredibly versatile
  • Tall enough to record over people
  • Casters provide a new element of usability
CONS
  • More expensive than the other models
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RODE PSA1 – Best Mic Stand for Radio Hosts

We discussed a similar type of mic stand earlier on, but the RODE PSA1 is a higher-end desk mounted model with some more advanced features which really expand its versatility. Take, for example, the mounting options. Most desk mounted mic stands have one method, the clamp, right? The PSA1 has not only a clamp, it also can be drilled directly into your desk. Additionally, in case neither of these options suits your needs, it comes with some Velcro wraps for a less permanent solution. We liked that the clamp opens up to a decent width (3.5”) so even if you have a thick desk, that’s not a problem.

The arm extends up to 33” vertically and 32” horizontally, whilst weighing just under four pounds. In short, there’s really no desk that this stand won’t work on. On top of that, the arm has a 360-degree rotation so it can be swung out of the way when not in use. Unfortunately, it only supports horizontal mounting and as such can’t be attached to a wall.

The arm provides enough strength to hold a microphone which weighs up to 2.4 pounds. This accounts for industry leading microphones like the Blue Yeti or the CAD U37. One thing that we think is important, though: you may require a shock mount for your mic depending on if you plan to use your computer as you talk. Vibration from your keypresses could be heard in your recording otherwise, however, it’s entirely dependent on your situation.

We also liked that this stand came with both 3/8” and 5/8” inch adaptors. These are inexpensive, but very useful to have, since the 3/8” one allows you to use the stand for a camera and the 5/8” is for your microphone. Again, you may or may not use this feature, but it’s nice to be given the option.

This stand was designed with podcasters in mind. For that reason, it supports a huge range of microphones with varying weights and offers a lot of flexibility, both in the literal sense and in the ways it can be mounted to a surface. The RODE PSA1 could be an invaluable addition to your studio or office, especially if you value a workspace that can be used as normal and converted to a mini recording booth very quickly. We’re big fans of this mic stand and really can’t recommend it enough.

PROS
  • Mounts to almost any desk
  • Comes with 3/8" and 5/8" adaptors
  • Holds most professional quality microphones
CONS
  • You may need to buy a shock mount
  • Slightly more expensive

Best Microphone Stand - Buyer's Guide

There are many different kinds of microphone stand, and all of them are best suited to a different situation. For this reason, it’s important that you understand the differences between them before you spend your money. Don’t worry, though, we’ve taken the time to write a short guide to help you make the decision that’s right for you and avoid that buyer’s remorse down the line.

Stand Type

Round based stands are generally weighted and more stable than other types because of this. They’re ideal for situations where the performer is moving around, such as a live show because they’re still light enough to carry, but heavy enough to avoid toppling over.

Tripod stands offer greater flexibility since they often support a boom arm, which allows you to move the mic around until you get the perfect sounding result. These are great for performers who like to sing and play an instrument at the same time since you can position the mic between the two sound sources. They have a tendency to loosen up when moved around, though, so we’d recommend staying in one place whilst using one.

Desk mounted stands are more geared towards radio or podcast work. They often have a clamp to fix them to a surface, which makes them portable, but impractical for anything other than computer based purposes. If you create content online that requires you to use a high-quality microphone, a desk mounted stand will allow you to use your desk normally and just pull the mic out as needed.

Which stand is best for you is entirely dependent on your situation and requirements, so put some time into thinking about how you plan to use it before you make a purchase. If you’re interested in reading some more about the ins and outs of each stand type, there’s a useful guide online.

Additional Features

Some stands offer additional features like cable rings to keep cords out of the way, vocal filters, different sized adaptors, boom arms, or shock mounts. However, more isn’t always better, so it’s important to consider the price of the stand itself. If it’s very inexpensive and comes with a whole host of add-ons, there’s a good chance it’s not a very good stand and the manufacturer is trying to sell you an inferior product. Conversely, if the stand is really expensive, you’d expect some of these features. Just think critically about each product and you’ll be fine.

Capacity

If you’re shopping for a mic stand, that means you probably already have a microphone, right? In that case, take a look at the specifications of it and compare them to the specs of the mic stand. Different stands can hold different weights, so it’s possible your mic is too heavy for a particular stand. Similarly, the clip size can differ. This means that if the handle of your microphone is thicker than usual, you may need to purchase a larger mic clip in order to use the stand effectively. How about portability? Can the stand be folded down completely, or is it more of a permanent fixture once it’s up? How heavy is it? Will it even fit in your studio? These are all important questions to ask yourself before making a commitment to buy.

Conclusion


Well, there you have it! We’ve compared five of the best microphone stands available and come to a decision as to which is deserving of the title “Best Microphone Stand”. Whilst they are all fantastic products, we feel that the On Stage SMS7650. It’s a professional mic stand that caters to a range of applications, be it freelance work on location or musical recording in a studio environment.

Hopefully, you’ve found a product in this list that sounds like it suits your needs. We put a lot of effort into ensuring our research is both in-depth and thorough, and we feel we can honestly say without question that these products are the best in their respective categories. We’d ask that if this article has been helpful to you, to please feel free to leave a comment and rating, we’d really appreciate it. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to hearing your work soon!