Lavalier Microphone Comparison Results

We’ve done a bunch of episodes on lavalier microphones including reviews, technique, which recorders they work best with and, well, maybe we’ve been a little too obsessed with lavalier microphones. But one thing we have not done is blindly pit them one against the other to see which one sounds best—by that I mean, not tell you which is which, just let you listen to each one where the talent speaks the same dialogue. Last week we did just that and now, the results are in! Let’s see which mics won at the blind comparison test!

Here's the key to which mic was which in the original comparison:

Microphone A: Giant Squid
Microphone B: HMNSound MicroLav
Microphone C: RODE smartLav+
Microphone D: Audio Technica Pro70
Microphone E: Audio Technica AT899

Tried a new camera angle. Not sure it is the most flattering for me. Ideally, it should be a little less off to the side, just slightly more straight-on so that my nose doesn't extend beyond my far cheek. The problem is that I have this huge desk in the way. May need to look at reconfiguring the "studio".