In this article we will tell you about a device, which greatly improves the recording quality, and will greatly facilitate your creative work. Whether you work on radio or you have your own online radio, if you record live instruments at studio or make music, record podcasts or make videos for YouTube, just record speech or use voice chat in online games and communicate on Skype, you will surely face the problem of buying this device, especially if you are a beginner and have just started your way in this field. So we hope that this review of best microphone suspension boom arm stands will be useful for your.
Before making this top 10 of best microphone suspension boom arm stands, we had a large research on market of microphone stands. We spent a lot of time searching information about microphone stands, read reviews on forums and online stores, paying attention to all the nuances of each device, and we came to the conclusion that, in fact, the variety of models is not so great. There are lots of stands of a very poor quality made in China. In this article we will tell you how not to buy a fake one and not to be disappointed in the purchase, but all these are put in order.
So, what is the feature of a good stand that will last you for years and will keep your mounted microphone safe and sound? Let’s see.
- Firstly, it is the quality of the springs, which will tighten the top and bottom of a stand and keep your microphone mounted without letting it fall.
- Secondly, it is the quality of metal parts that form the body of a stand.
- Thirdly, there are fixing elements: clamps, the task of which is to keep a stand in a custom position set by you. A fixing to the table (in some cases to the wall), as a rule, made in high quality and there are no problems.
- The design, ergonomics and equipment of each product are important as well.
Our list of best microphone suspension boom arm stands is built in ascending order, considering the parameters described above and on the ratio of best prices and quality. All ten models presented in the list are carefully examined, and we recommend them to purchase. You will not be disappointed!
Caution on some microphone suspension boom arm models:
On Amazon and other popular online stores, you can see a large number of microphone stands with a cost below 20$, which, of course, will attract your attention. We do not recommend to buy them as they become useless in just a couple of months and are not equipped for a weight of normal studio microphones. Usually Chinese stands are all the same for appearance and they are hiding under the brands as Foxnovo, Ohuhu, Etubby, Tree New Bee, Tonor, Knox, LESHP, Image, InnoGear, Symphaudio, Elongdi, GB-Tech, WINOMO, DragonPad USA, Duafire, CISNO, Yaheetech. The only Chinese brand that can offer something worthy is Neewer. There are some websites that made their top 10 of microphone stands. After reading their articles, we came to the conclusion that they are not good at equipment, so, please, do not be fooled by this nonsense. But if you do decide to purchase cheap one, then read our tutorial and recommendations at the end of the article (under the Neewer stand). Also, do not forget that the pressure on the housing of microphone suspension stand is not only with the weight of the microphone, but spider-holder, pop-filter and XLR cable.
Here is a list of TOP 10 Best Microphone Suspension Boom Arm Stands:
10. Neewer NB-39 Microphone Suspension Stand
Supports microphones weighting: up to 1.76Ibs (800grams)
Max Length: 43.3” inches / 110cm (3.6’ ft)
Package Bundle: Neewer NB-39 Stand, Clip for Handheld Microphone, Table Mounting Clamp
Our list of best microphone suspension boom arm stands opens by Neewer NB-39. Of all the Chinese brands that make low-quality stands (the names of which you can see above), the Neewer brand distinguishes. Its production is located in Shenzhen. The brand produces accessories and equipment for photo, video, music. Its production also offers a large number of stands and brackets for all occasions. Of all the microphone stands by this brand, the Neewer NB-39 opens our top 10 due to its low cost and length of 110cm. The material of the case is made quite qualitatively and there are the elements on the case fixing the position of the stand. The only problem that occurs in all Chinese microphone stands is springs, which become worn in a year. We have some tips how to solve this problem at the end of the article. Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not indicate the weight that can withstand this stand, but after reviewing customer feedback we came to the conclusion that the recommended weight for long-time use is 800 grams, so we can confidently say that the stand can withstand Blue Yeti!
9. Griffin Broadcasting Studio Microphone Boom Scissor Arm
Supports microphones weighting: up to 2.6Ibs (1.1kg)
Max Length: 42” inches / 107cm (3.5’ ft)
Package Bundle: Griffin Boom Scissor Arm Stand, Table Mounting Clamp, Clip for Handheld Microphones, Shock Mount for Condenser Microphones (Diameter 46mm to 54mm), XLR Cable
The brand Griffin has appeared on the market quite recently and it focuses exclusively on accessories for studio and musical instruments such as: stands, road cases, cables, drum hardware etc. This company has only one boom scissor arm stand and it comes in a very good configuration with an ordinary metal spider holder and XLR cable. We recommend this stand as it has a good configuration, which saves your money and can withstand microphones weighing up to 1.1 kg, has sufficient quality and long case. Also, this stand has very positive reviews from customers at online stores and forums.
8. Pyle PMKSH01 and PMKSH04 Suspension Boom Scissor Stands
Supports microphones weighting: Pyle PMKSH01 up to 1.6Ibs (700grams) Pyle PMKSH04 up to 2.2Ibs (1kg)
Max Length: Pyle PMKSH01 31,44” inches / 80cm (2.62’ ft) Pyle PMKSH04 46.8” inches / 119cm (3.9’ ft)
Package Bundle (Each Stand): Pyle Boom Scissor Arm Stand, Table Mounting Clamp, Clip for Handheld Microphones, Shock Mount for Condenser Microphones, XLR Cable
Pyle was founded in 1960 in the United States. Pyle produces audio electronics and audio accessories for home, cars, studios. It occupies a leading position in the production of high quality advanced woofers. The company also produces electronic gadgets. There are two desktop microphone stands Pyle PMKSH01 and PMKSH04 in the series of products of this brand. They differ in size and weight which they can hold (all particularities you can read above). It got the eighth place in our rating as these stands have a very good configuration as well as Griffin Stand, but they are much cheaper. The company of 57 years guarantees a high quality through long experience in manufacturing audio products. Perhaps, this is one of the best deals in our rating list.
7. Heil Sound HB-1 Microphone Suspension Boom Arm
Supports microphones weighting: up to 2.5Ibs (1.1kg)
Max Length: 40” inches / 101cm (3.3’ ft)
Package Bundle: Heil Sound HB-1 Boom Arm Stand, “C” Clamp Mount
Heil Sound modern company manufactures microphones and microphone accessories. Heil Sound HB-1 takes the seventh place as it has a quality build of the case and it can withstand a weight of 1.1 kg, which is a real advantage comparing with previous competitors. The only drawback of this stand is its price and quite scarce package bundle. The market has lots of similar stands with lower cost and equal quality. So, the HB-1 can slightly catch with its design. The fans of the brand will estimate this stand. As additional accessories, the series has a signature wall mount by Heil for an additional twenty dollars.
6. On Stage MBS5000 Broadcast / Webcast Boom Arm
Supports microphones weighting: up to 3.5Ibs (1.6kg)
Max Length: 39” inches / 100cm (3.2’ ft)
Package Bundle: On Stage MBS5000 Boom Arm Stand, Table Mounting Clamp, Flange-Style Mount, XLR Cable
The company On Stage is on the market for 36 years and produces accessories for musical instruments and studio equipment. It is very hard to imagine a studio where there would not be production from On Stage. All stands of this brand are well known worldwide, attracting customers with excellent quality and reasonably low cost. On Stage MBS5000 deserves to be in our best microphone suspension boom arm stands list at the sixth place and get the category of “Best Deal”. Where else could you find a stand that can hold a microphone weighing 1.6 kg with a low price, and quality XLR cable in a set? We would also like to mention the quality of the springs, which has a sufficiently strong tension that prolongs the life of the stand. As a nice bonus, in addition to the usual attachment to the table, the set also comes with a flange-style mount. Another great feature is that the stand is designed with the function of quiet change of position, so your recordings won’t get third party sounds and squeals when changing the position of a microphone.
5. Heil Sound PL-2T Suspension Boom Arm Stand
Supports microphones weighting: up to 2.9Ibs (1.3kg)
Max Length: 42” inches / 107cm (3.5’ ft)
Package Bundle: Heil Sound PL-2T Boom Arm Stand, Table Mounting Clamp, Flange-Style Mount
This is the second stand from Heil Sound in our top 10 best microphone suspension boom arm stands list. Heil Sound PL-2T can withstand more weight than its predecessor the HB-1. It has more beautiful and ergonomic design which resembles Rode PSA1. The disadvantage of this stand is the price, scarce package bundle.
Heil Sound PL-2T has a special groove, which is a convenient channel for a microphone cable. The unique design “Topless” of PL-2T allows you to remove the upper and back cover and lay the microphone cable along the body of the tripod. After the cable is laid, simply snap the cover in place, and no wiring will not be visible. PL-2T comes with a standard C-shaped clamp that allows you to secure a tripod on the table 38mm thick. You can place it on the surface of the table as well when the tripod is attached with screws. For installation of microphone by Heil on PL-2T, you can use any microphone clamp or shockproof mounting Heil (industry standard) 5/8″-27. Chrome threaded stand can be locked in the optimum position, depending on the type of microphone and/or shockproof mounting.
4. On Stage MBS7500 Professional Studio Boom Arm
Supports microphones weighting: up to 3.5Ibs (1.6kg)
Max Length: 40” inches / 102cm (3.3’ ft)
Package Bundle: On Stage MBS7500 Boom Arm Stand, Table Mounting Clamp, Flange-Style Mount
MBS7500 is a second stand from On Stage in our top 10 best microphone suspension boom arm stands article. We placed it to the fourth place because it relinquishes Rode PSA1 in all respects. The same as Heil PL-2T, this stand can hide inside its case an XLR or USB cable, which makes the design of MBS7500 more ergonomic. All the important features of this stand you can read above. We recommend On Stage MBS7500 to purchase, as an alternative to Rode PSA1 or Heil PL-2T (if there is something you don’t like in these models). Also On Stage MBS7500 is made with a quiet position change technology – so you can easily adjust microphone position while you recording audio, without worrying about unwanted noise. Another great feature, that this model can hold your camera, iPad and other devices with help of optional adapters from On Stage.
3. Rode PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm
Supports microphones weighting: recommended 2.4Ibs (1.1kg) max weight 4.4Ibs (2kg)
Max Length: 33” inches / 84cm (2.75’ ft)
Package Bundle: Rode Microphone Boom Arm, Two Types Desk Mounting Clamp, Rubber Bands for Cable
The third place in our list of best microphone suspension boom arm stands we assigned to RODE PAS1. Almost every person who is associated with the world of music knows this brand. Rode is one of the leading companies in the world in production of microphones, which was founded in 1967 and became popular and known worldwide through the quality of the products. Rode PSA1 is the only desktop stand from this company, in the manufacture of which engineers took into account the nuances and solve all the problems faced by the users in the operation of such stands. Believe me, this stand will last you decades with careful use! We put it on the third place of our best microphone suspension boom arm stands list for build quality, design and attachment options to the table in two ways + the ratio of Price / Quality.
This product is designed for use in studios, TV- and radio-broadcasting, as well as at home. This stand allows you to rotate a microphone 360 degrees and position the microphone in any place convenient for a speaker position. The maximum horizontal length is 82 cm, and its vertical height is 84 cm. It is made of iron case and plastic. It can be attached to the table in two ways: the first one, with the fastener clamp that can be screwed to the tabletop with a thickness up to 55mm; the second one, with a special mount installed in drilled hole in the tabletop. The thickness of the tabletop can reach up to 70mm in the second case.
2. O.C. White ProBoom Elite Broadcast Arms
O.C. White – 61900-BG ProBoom Elite Mic Arm & Riser
Supports microphones weighting: not mentioned
Max Length: 44” inches / 111cm (3.6’ ft) (With Vertical Riser)
Package Bundle: O.C. White Microphone Boom Arm 29”, Vertical Riser 15” with Integrated XLR Credle
O.C. White – 14295-B ProBoom Elite Mic Arm
Supports microphones weighting: not mentioned
Max Length: 29” inches / 73cm (2.4’ ft)
Package Bundle: O.C. White Microphone Boom Arm 29
Comes without Table Clamp. Here you can buy O.C. White 114401-B Replacement Table Edge Clamp for this stand
The honest “Silver” place in best microphone suspension boom arm stands rating our editorial staff assigned to stands from O.C White brand. O.C. White was founded in 1883 and produced medical equipment for dentists. Further, the company began to expand its range of products and now they produce magnifiers, microscopes, task lightings, medical lighting, fans on brackets, brackets for TV and monitors and, what is quite surprisingly, they produce equipment for broadcasting. From the series “Elite” we have chosen two best stands that feature with a durable service and unique design. For build quality, you will not be disappointed: all models look very massive and almost impossible to break. All stands will easily withstand any weight of microphone due to the high spring tension. There is no microphone that they would not have withstood. O. C White does not indicate the weight that the stands can withstand, as they will raise any weight.
1. Yellowtec m!ka On-Air Microphone Arm
Supports microphones weighting: up to 4.4Ibs (2kg)
Available 3 Types of Length: Small – 21” (53.5cm) / Medium – 31” (78.7cm) / X-Large 42.3” (107.5cm)
Package Bundle: Yellowtec m!ka On-Air Microphone Arm
The winner of our top 10 best microphone suspension boom arm stands list becomes a stand from the German company Yellowtec. This brand produces only equipment for broadcasting (from brackets to microphones) and is a leader in this field. All equipment produced by Yellowtec is exclusive and it is hard enough to find it on the counters of conventional shops.
The uniqueness of this stand lies in technology “On Air”. It is a red LED indicator on the end of the bar that indicates the microphone connection. It is equally impossible to overlook the design of this product. All the springs are hidden inside the case. It is also possible to hide an XLR cable. Yellowtec On-Air microphone arm is available in two colors: gray and black. There are three gradations along the length of the stand as well: 53.5 cm, 78.7 cm 107,5 cm. The only drawback of this stand is that all fixings to the table and wall you have to buy separately and the only suitable mounts are from Yellowtec (you can see mounting them in the picture above).
+Bonus (Models which were not included in the top 10 but deserve your attention)
K&M 23850 Microphone Suspension Desk Arm
It is not included in our best microphone suspension boom arm stands list because of too high cost and low capacity, but it has a nice design and a long enough and very high quality XLR cable.
Supports microphones weighting: up to 1.7Ibs (800grams)
Max Length: 37” inches / 94cm (3’ ft)
Package Bundle: K&M 23859 Boom Arm Stand, Table Mounting Clamp, XLR Cable (5m)
The microphone stand K&M 23850 is produced in Germany and suitable for use in any musical direction. K&M (König & Meyer) produces exclusively the design and production of stands, brackets, fasteners, and is a leader in this field.
The microphone stand K&M 23850 has its functional characteristics. It can easily be attached to completely different surfaces. Through the use of mounting screw in the mounting mechanism, the stand easily can be attached almost anywhere. The microphone is connected by the cable passing inside of the mechanism, which is very convenient and creates no obstacles when you work with it. The stand perfectly holds its shape and can withstand weight up to eight hundred grams. This model is made of steel which gives it strength. The stand itself weighs one kilo and seven hundred grams, which is very convenient because it can be easily transported and fixed in the right place. We want to underline the quality of the XLR cable and its length is 5m. Also in the series K&M, there is a table stand K&M 23860 which we do not recommend to buy because of too high price and poor functionality.
O.C White ProBoom Ultima
Another stand from O.C White Brand. This model is not included in our top 10 best microphone suspension boom arm stands list because of its design and construction, but it deserves to be mentioned. The design of ProBoom differs from the classic microphone boom arm, but it although belongs to the same class – broadcasting stands.
Supports microphones weighting: not mentioned, can hold up any weight due its durable construction and overall build
Max Length: 29″ inches / 73cm (2.4’ ft)
Package Bundle: only O.C White ProBoom Ultima stand, be careful – no mounting included (table mounting included only in some variations)
The innovative product line ProBoom Ultima from O.C White differs from all its competitors with its unusual construction and design. We are sure that you have never seen so stylish and unique microphone stand for broadcasting. This device is suitable only for major radio stations and professionals. ProBoom Ultima series has a durable design and is able to withstand any microphone and even hold up a monitor or TV as a classic suspension metal arm. The only drawback of this model is that it is very hard to find on the market (it takes a long time to deliver) and of course another lack is its high price. We leave the link below to the seller’s profile in the Amazon store in case you are interested in this model. Also we want to mention that this stand is available in four different variations: 12” fixed horizontal arm, 12” fixed horizontal arm & Machined Table Bushing, 12” fixed horizontal arm and 12″ Machined Riser, 12” fixed horizontal arm & Vertical Modular Clamp/Bolt Through Riser.
On Stage MSA9505 Telescoping Mini-Boom
This model of microphone stand was not included in our top 10 best microphone suspension boom arm stands list because of its overall build, but it also belongs to a class of broadcasting accessories. And may be this kind of microphone stand will be more acceptable for you than the Scissor Boom Arm.
Supports microphones weighting: not mentioned (but durable housing will easily pick up any studio microphone)
Max Length: 9″ – 16″ inches / 22cm – 41cm (0.7’ – 1.3’ ft)
Package Bundle: only On Stage MSA9505 telescoping stand (all mounts for this stand are optional accessories)
Another stand by On Stage brand in our best suspension boom arm article. The rack can be attached to a desk or on the wall, but unfortunately, you’ll need to buy an optional mount, depending on your situation: On Stage microphone mount – for wall mounting and On Stage TM03 Table microphone clamp – for attaching to the desk. This mini-boom is telescopic and adjusts from 22cm to 41cm (9 “- 16”). In case if it is not enough height of the stand for you, we recommend to buy On Stage Microphone Gooseneck, which allows to set a more comfortable position of your microphone and slightly increase the length of the rack. On Stage MSA9505 has an advantage over scissor boom arms in the durability of the construction as MSA9505 has no metal springs (which weaken with time). Also On Stage MSA9505 is able to withstand the weight of any studio microphone thanks to pair of 52-teeth disks with 300° rotation, which grips securely together.
NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand + Tutorial
This stand isn’t in the top of best microphone suspension boom arm stands because it has quite a weak construction and can withstand a very small microphone weight, but it can be a great option if you are going to hang a dynamic handheld microphone, as it has a light weight.
Supports microphones weighting: up to 1 Ibs (450grams)
Max Length: 31.5″ inches / 80cm (2.6’ ft)
Package Bundle: Neewer Scissor Boom Arm, Table Mounting Clamp, Mic Clip Holder
This stand is made in China and, on Amazon, there are a lot of these stands and they all look the same, but are produced under different names and are cheaper than twenty dollars, as you could read in the beginning of the article. We specifically put the Neewer stand in our best microphone suspension boom arm stands article as the company make them with the use of a good metal details, while anothere Chinese counterparts poorer in quality. The main attractive factor of this scissor boom arm is price of under twenty dollars and therefore the customers buy lots of them, there is also good deal in Amazon store with additional XLR cable and metal shock mount (you can check at the link below). We do not want to say that this microphone boom is bad and you should not buy it, furthermore it is a very good option for light weight dynamic microphones. But if you want to use this rack with a heavy condenser microphone – its a bad idea! (metal springs come into disrepair very quickly)
Of course, we know that you want to buy this stand and hang on it your heavy studio microphone being sure that it will withstand it, but it will not! If you do decide to make such a folly, even in such a case we have for you a small lifehack.
The main element that holds your microphone in the air – are metal springs. The stronger the spring tension is, the more weight it is able to hold. Therefore, you have two options. The first one, buy springs with high tension, but it can greatly affect your budget (more profitable to buy the stand from our top). The second option is to cut a few turns in the spring with pliers like in the photo – thus you will increase the tension. It must be done with both springs and you should cut the same number of turns of each. Then you hollow out one of the turns to catch it for the stand. I hope our advice will be useful for you.