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Your Top-Rated Condensers, Dynamics, Tube Mics and More

Entrusted with the critical job of translating a musician's voice or instrument's timbre, microphones are subject to much scrutiny by performers. So when a musician settles on a microphone they love and rely on in the studio or on stage, it means something.

zZounds customers have found a few favorites of their own, and love singing the praises of their top microphones. We've compiled an All-Star list of some of our top-rated models, complete with quotes from happy users. Whether you're looking for a mic to help start your first recording project, or to outfit an entire venue with, we've got some great picks below!

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BLUE Blueberry Microphone

"It's very good at bringing out the detail and sparkly tone of the guitar to the point of being almost tactile. And with voice, it has a very clear and intimate presence."
- Skip in Muncie, IN

"I just started recording a new album in my studio, and this mic sounds sweet. It brings out the subtle nuances of the vocalist without adding too much color. Gives a lot of headroom to play. This is my first high-grade solid-state mic, and I'm in love!"
- Heather in Amagansett, NY
$999 or 6 payments of $166.50 | Learn more »

Shure Super 55 Deluxe Vocal Microphone

"This mic not only looks super sweet, but it has beautiful sound. Even my bandmates were blown away by the tones I was able to get out of this thing. Lyrics and phrases that had seemed muddled were suddenly crystal-clear."
- Michael in San Angelo, TX

"The build quality is rock-solid, the look is beautiful and the sound is true. People love commenting on it. The mic is very highly resistant to feedback."
- Corey in Lexington, KY

"This mic is OUTSTANDING for vocals. I love the blue felt. If you are considering buying a Super 55, don't hesitate."
- John in Chino, CA
$249 or 6 payments of $41.50 | Learn more »

Avantone CV-12 Microphone

"The Avantone CV-12 tube mic is an excellent choice for vocals. Amazing warmth and an airy top end, with very good control of sibilance, are this mic's main features."
- Jeff in Fairview, NC

"This microphone has made a wonderful difference in my vocals. My vocals are thick and full and not so bright as with other microphones."
- Will in Detroit, MI

"I've only had it about a month, but it has become my favorite mic in my studio."
- Larry
$499 or 6 payments of $83.17 | Learn more »

Rode NT1-A Studio Condenser Microphone

"After singing just five words into my NT1-A, I believe my exact reaction was "holy crap!" I can hear every word and nuance with my vocals sitting right in front of the mix, but never overpowering. A huge forward leap for my mixes and one of the best purchases I've made for my home studio."
- Dale in Simi Valley, CA

"This is the greatest mic I have ever used. The sound is unbelievable and it's also great at different angles which is fun to play with."
- Harvey in Sioux Lookout, ON
$229 or 4 payments of $57.25 | Learn more »

Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

"Works on just about everything. I use it exclusively for snare drum, but it sounds excellent on guitar amps, drum kicks, I also use it for violin players."
- Derrick in Detroit, MI

"It is solid, well-built, takes a licking and still performs well. You could not hope for a better-sounding quality dynamic mic than this one."
- C.A. in Frisco, TX

"I bought one of these when I was 17 in a band. I'm 63 now and still love this mic and a few more 57s I bought along the way. I use for vocals, guitar mic thru the PA (works great!), and miking my acoustic guitar to the PA."
- Bob in Mendham, NJ
$99 or 4 payments of $24.75 | Learn more »

Neumann TLM 103 Studio Microphone

"The sound is great for instrumentals, vocals, percussion, etc., bringing warm and rich sounds for all. The thresholds are great with very little distortion. Definitely a good addition to any recording equipment assortment."
- Bob in League City, TX

"Major upgrade for my studio. It has a professional sound right out of the box! Recording vocals through a UA Apollo, I immediately noticed a difference. More presence and clarity, and it has that Neumann sound."
- Jason in Panama City Beach, FL
$1,099.95 or 12 payments of $91.67 | Learn more »

Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

"I re-recorded a vocal track with the AT4040 and voila! It brightened up my voice just perfectly. It's a keeper!"
- Bryce in Wilder, ID

"Perfect mic for my voice -- I have a mid-deep voice and it sounds really good with this mic."
- Billi in Ionia, MI

"I've had this microphone for almost two years. I've been recording for nearly 10, and have heard a lot of varieties from different brands. This microphone will stand up to it all. It has a nice, clean sound to it."
- Jessimi in Huntington, WV
$299 or 6 payments of $49.84 | Learn more »

Sennheiser e835 Dynamic Microphone

"I am happy to be able to get the level of vocals and the clarity without feedback issues. I'm no professional, but I feel like one with these microphones."
-Henry in Dandridge, TN

"This is a great sounding mic for the price. Beyond vocals, it does an excellent job with amps, especially in recording."
- Daniel

"Took it from the box, plugged it in, set all EQ parameters to mid, and boom, there it was. Great sounds."
- Willie in Wichita, KS
$99.95 or 4 payments of $24.99 | Learn more »

AKG C 214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

"I've had this microphone for the past month and it has been my main mic for tracking vocals. It has a great tonal quality to it and when coupled with my UA 710 mic pre I'm able to track solid vocals."
- Terrance in Torrance, CA

"For the money, this mic is a great addition to every home studio. I have been very pleased with the sound..."
- K.B. in San Antonio

"I can not find any reason to deter anybody from buying this microphone."
- Steven in Crawfordville, FL
$399.99 or 8 payments of $49.88 | Learn more »

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