I have several small USB microphones, which work just fine as long as my mouth is within a few inches of the mic's input. However, I am looking for a small and cheap microphone (under $10 from somewhere like Amazon) that doesn't require such close proximity.

Are there any such cheap USB microphones that can record normal volume speaking that takes place 2-3 meters away from the mic?

  • 2 to 3 meters away? Not for under $50 are you going to find one that gives you any quality worth the trouble of making the recording in the first place. We use the Blue Snowball in the center of 6 meter rectangular table and it picks up everyone's voice clearly. Oct 24, 2016 at 14:33

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In case your radio won't take a USB input... Here are a couple 3.5mm options:

But like I mentioned earlier, you generally get what you pay for... Higher price generally = Higher quality, more reliability. Caveat emptor.


Like Digital Boffin said, you're not going to be able to get something worthwhile under $10. I also use a Blue Snowball for recordings and it works very well. If you poke around on ebay, you may be able to find a used Blue Snowball. I was able to find one here on ebay for $25. If you want to get something that's new, you're going to have pay at least $50 for something decent like the Snowball Ice. Or about $70 for the "real" Snowball. n.b. the snowball is a USB mic.

In conclusion:

  • A mic under $10 probably isn't worth it (esp. for the conditions you described)
  • You're probably going to need to spend at least $50 or more for something decent like the Snowball or Snowball Ice.
  • If $50 is too far out of your price range, you could try poking around on ebay for a used Snowball or something similar (I was able to find one for about $25 w/o shipping, which shouldn't be to expensive)

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