Below you will find our recommendations of the best gooseneck microphones of 2020 grouped into three categories.
- wireless gooseneck microphones
- cable gooseneck microphones
- USB gooseneck microphones.
We have also pointed out one microphone among all the rest, that we consider as the best gooseneck microphone.
What is the best gooseneck microphone for a conference room?
Sennheiser MEG 14-40 boosts with absolutely clear sound reproduction – no popping, no overloads. The mic has a wide sound frequency, better than the rest of the microphones at a similar price. It has a RF protection against interference from other wireless devices.
MEG 14-40 can be used by a max of two speakers as it uses an approved capsule with a cardioid polar pattern.
The microphone MEG 14-40 can be combined with the wireless base Sennheiser SL Tablestand 153-S DW.
SL Tablestand 153-S DW can be charged both wirelessly or via USB. It is the right choice even for long meetings as its operating time lasts 10 hours. The desk base has a convenient mute button. The microphone base can also be controlled remotely using the Sennheiser Control Cockpit app.
With its rugged and aesthetic construction, this microphone is a perfect complement to any type of audio conference system, be it a boardroom, a conference hall, or a presentation room.
Wireless gooseneck microphones
When installing wireless gooseneck microphones, make sure all components of the audio system are compatible with each other.
For your convenience, the microphones listed below are offered with a compatible desktop base.
Sennheiser MEG 14-40-L-II B
a desktop base
a desktop base
Sennheiser MEG 14-40-L-II B with SL Tablestand 153-S DW is the best all-in-one microphone solution for business meetings – a microphone and a gooseneck microphone stand with a built-in transmitter. The mic boosts with clear sound reproduction. The microphone also has a status light indicator.
The microphone stand is wireless and can be controlled remotely, for instance – from a mobile phone, using the Sennheiser Control Cockpit app.
The Sennheiser MEG 14-40 is also compatible with the ADN WD1 delegate unit. The delegate unit is our recommendation for summits, corporate meetings, business events with highest requirements to the conference audio system. It has built-in loudspeakers and a push-to-talk option. Its operating time per one recharge lasts 20 hours.
Take into account this is just a component of the entire audio discussion system of Sennheiser called ADN. To use it – you need all of its components: the table stands, the batteries, and the central unit. It is quite simple and easy to use. We definitely recommend it in case you need to provide an entire conference room with a brand new audio equipment.
MX415 is the wireless solution offered by Shure. The model offers a lot of variations that can be chosen according to the specific conditions and purpose of use.
This gooseneck microphone can be used with different types of interchangeable microphone capsules according to the microphone’s specific purpose:
- cardioid capsule – when the microphone is used by up to 2 talkers ( 130-degree angle)
- super-cardioid capsule – when used by one talker (the range is shorter due to smaller angle – 115 degrees).
There are also versions of this microphone with different lengths of the gooseneck:
– Shure MX415 – 15-inches gooseneck
– Shure MX410 – 10-inches gooseneck
– Shure MX405 – 5-inches gooseneck.
The wireless desktop base Shure MX890 has a useful mute switch and can be positioned up to 98 feet (30 m) away from the receiver.
Cable gooseneck microphones
Cable gooseneck microphones are claimed to be more reliable than wireless microphones, as they do not have issues with RF interference. They also come at a lower price compared to wireless microphones of the same audio quality.
Audio Technica U859QL
Audio Technica U859QL is a universal microphone solution offered by Audio Technica. This mic can be plugged into a wireless or into a cable desk base or a panel with an XLRF-type connector.
U859QL will keep the excellent quality of the audio system in both cases, as a part of an whole new audio equipment, or if just a few microphones are replaced.
Whatever desktop base or panel you use, make sure it provides enough phantom power for this microphone.
The microphone has a cardioid polar pattern, so it can be used by one or two presenters. It boosts with unique protection against RF interference thanks to Audio-Technica’s UniGuard® technology. The microphone has a flexible 18.94” long gooseneck. If the room conditions require a shorter gooseneck, use the U859Q version with an 14.47″ long gooseneck.
Shure MX418/C is a flexible solution that can be quickly adapted to different types of events with the variety of mounting and form options to choose from.
Clear sound quality specifically designed to capture speech, and the CommShield technology protecting against RF interference make this mic the perfect mid-range solution for meetings of various types and sizes.
The mic has an interchangeable cardioid capsule that can be replaced by a super-cardioid or omnidirectional capsule. The gooseneck has two flexible sections at the top and the bottom. Or if you need a shorter gooseneck, the 12-inch long MX412/C is the right choice for you.
If you want the microphone to be movable, you can pick the MX418/D or the MX412/D version offered with a desktop base.
Shure CVG18 is the more affordable alternative of Shure MX418. Just like MX418, it is specially designed to capture speech, although not in such a wide frequency response.
This gooseneck mic has quite a lot of options for its price. It is the only microphone in this price range with RF immunity using the Shure’s CommShield technology. The mic also includes a flange with a mute button.
The mic is easy to install – with or without a desktop base.
The microphone is 18 inches long. There is a shorter 12-inch version – Shure CVG12.
USB gooseneck microphones
If you prefer to use a plug-and-play gooseneck microphone, a USB microphone is definitely the right choice. They are usually used for online and VoIP meetings or even everyday chats. They are also useful in cases of BYOD-type meetings or when a quick setup of the microphones is necessary. Although USB gooseneck mics are affordable and simple-to-use, cables are something you still have to comply with.
USB gooseneck microphone
SpeechWare 3-in-1 TableMike
Speechware TableMike 3-in-1 is a high-sensitive noise-cancelling microphone of the Belgian company SpeechWare, recognised with an excellent reputation among the speech-recognition industry.
TableMike 3-in-1 is the base model among the three gooseneck microphones of SpeechWare. All three models have the same excellent audio quality.The difference between them is in the options of the desktop base.
The microphone gooseneck has two flexible sections. It is easily detached from the base, so it is easy to keep it in the bag of the laptop, if you need to travel with it.
The microphone boosts with the impressive 20-inches range. The impressive audio quality is due to first-industry built-in Digital Sound Processor (DSP), Speech Equaliser (EQ) and Automatic Gain Control (AGC).
If you need a microphone with a built-in speaker, you can take a look at TableMike 6-in-1.
MXL AC-400 is designed specifically for web business meetings.
Good audio quality combined with simple plug-and-play solution, that’s what MXL AC-400 is.
The microphone has a desktop base permanently attached to it and a fully flexible 15-inches long gooseneck.
MXL AC-400 can be used both as an independent microphone, or with up to three extension microphones. Together with the extensions the mic can cover up to 4 participants. The microphone is also suitable for shared spaces as it successfully limits ambient noises.
The mute button on the base gives each attendee individual control of his participation in the meeting.
When choosing a gooseneck microphone take into account the following notes:
- Is the microphone going to be installed on a desktop base or with a mount preamp flush on the surface?
- The length of the gooseneck can be between 5-18 inches. The gooseneck can have one or more flexible parts, so the mic can be better adjusted to the height and position of every speaker.
- Choose the right polar pattern of the microphone – cardioid or supercardioid. The super-cardioid pattern generally has a shorter range but captures sound is more clear. Supercardioid mics are designed to be used by one presenter. Cardioid microphones are more practical and can be shared among two presenters.
- There are three ways to connect the microphone (or the desktop base if the microphone has one): using an XLR cable to connect to a mixer; using a wireless base to connect to a receiver; or a USB cable to connect directly to a laptop or a PC.
- Do you need any specific features of the desktop base? For example, on/off switch, mute switch, more advanced models have interpretation, voting options.