5 Best Microphone Boom Arm Stands - Musician Nerd

Updated on Dec 18, 2020



Finding the best microphone boom arm stand for your recording setup can make a massive difference. This is my personal preferred type of stand, and I’ve been through every popular choice on the market. While some people associate these with film production, they’re actually great for just about everything. So, whether you’re making a movie, recording a podcast, or building a home studio, this list is going to have some great options for you.

This list is going to have two primary types, desk stands, and floor stands. We know that everyone is working with a different budget, so we’ll be sure to include both high-end and low-end options for both types. Regardless, everything we’re recommending has been tested and approved by the Musician Nerds, so you can buy with confidence.

So now let’s start talking about the best microphone boom arm stands for you, starting with my favorite desk stand.

The Best Microphone Boom Arm Stands

Our Picks


Best Desk Stand

1. Tonor Suspension Boom Stand


The Tonor Suspension Boom Stand is one of the best microphone boom arm stands you can find for your desk that offers easy mounting, thanks to the quality desk clamp.

Tonor Desktop Microphone Boom Arm
Tonor Desktop Microphone Boom Arm

One factor most people don’t consider with stands like these is the mount itself, and how well it does the job. I have been using this stand for many, many years now (which is why it’s #1) and I really like how simple the clamp is. It can be a bit difficult to mount at times depending on what you’re mounting to, but as long as the surface is flat, you won’t have an issue.

The weight support is really good as well. If you find it’s moving around because of your microphone, you can usually just spin it around. I use a really heavy mic most of the time, and it works great.

I initially purchased this stand for recording vocals (though I now use it for podcasting), because I couldn’t afford one of the larger microphone boom arm stands that studios usually use. Overall, it’s the best desktop stand you’ll find.

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Best Pro Stand

2. LyxPro SMT-1 Professional Boom Stand


The LyxPro SMT-1 microphone boom arm stand is more in line with what you’ll find at your studio. It’s large, durable, and incredibly flexible. There’s almost no situation that this can’t help you with.

LyxPro SMT-1 Pro Mic Boom Stand
LyxPro SMT-1 Pro Mic Boom Stand

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the LyxPro SMT-1 works really well for suspending studio microphones, as the shaft can be adjusted up to 93”, and the boom arm has a max length of 76”. Those two factors together is some serious length!

The strength of this microphone boom arm stand is quite impressive, as I’ve tested it with some more extreme setups with really heavy equipment. The legs are locked in and really sturdy, and the telescoping arm does not sway/tilt.

If you want the best of the best, I can’t really recommend you look any further. The only people I wouldn’t recommend it for is those working at a desk, because it’ll take up more room than necessary. For studio, stage, or film, it’s the best you’ll find.

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Best Tonor Alternative

3. InnoGear Adjustable Desktop Stand


This InnoGear Adjustable microphone boom arm stand is a really nice, affordable desktop option that uses a weighted base as opposed to a mounting clip. The

Innogear Microphone Boom Arm Desktop Stand
Innogear Microphone Boom Arm Desktop Stand

The feature I like most about this is the base, which makes this stand really versatile. For starters, it fits nicely on the desk so you can keep your microphone close to you. I have a raised section where my monitor goes, and I’ve experimented with it by using the InnorGear microphone boom arm stand to place my Shure SM7B close to my face, and it does a heck of a job.

It’s also useful if you play drums and need a microphone on the floor. I believe the original intention for this desk stand was to be used for kick drums on the ground. The rubber bottom keeps the microphone stand sturdy no matter where you use it.

A lot of my friends use this stand with their Blue Yetis, so I can tell you from experience that it works great for podcasting or videos. Impressively, it holds more than twice the weight as some of the more common mic stands.

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Best LyxPro Alternative

4. AmazonBasics Tripod Boom Stand


The AmazonBasics Tripod microphone boom arm stand is actually really nice for the price. I only recently bought this microphone stand for the purpose of two articles I’m working on, Overall, really impressed.

AmazonBasics Tripod Boom Stand
AmazonBasics Tripod Boom Stand

This microphone boom arm stand has a maximum height of 85.75”, which is pretty good for almost everyone. The boom length is also several feet, so you can make use of this stand anywhere, from the studio to the stage.

Keep in mind, the maximum microphone weight is 2lb. This is good for most people. My microphone feels a bit on the heavy side, yet it was fine with the AmazonBasics Tripod. If your microphone is too heavy but you don’t want to stretch the budget further, you can attach weights to the legs for further support.

Overall, I really like this stand considering the price. If you want an alternative to the LyxPro, this is the best you’ll find!

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Best Budget Option

5. InnoGear Heavy Duty Boom Stand


The InnoGear Heavy Duty Boom Stand is essentially a cheaper version of our #1 option up top. We have it listed as our budget choice for that reason, but it’s still great for a lot of people.

Innogear Heavy Duty Microphone Boom Arm
Innogear Heavy Duty Microphone Boom Arm

What I really like about the InnoGear Heavy Duty Boom Stand is that even for the low price it comes in at, it also includes a pop filter and windscreen. These extra accessories are going to be really, really nice if you don’t already have them.

The pop filter is going to help reduce plosives, which is the horrible sound that happens when pronouncing P’s, B’s and T’s. The windscreen will reduce background noise as well as any wind. Windscreens aren’t always necessary but are worth experimenting with.

The stand itself, however, is only average. I wouldn’t buy it if your microphone is really heavy (you’ll know if it’s really heavy), but for some lower end condenser mics, you should be fine. It’s a good stand for the price, and the accessories are an added bonus.

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Conclusion

Hopefully you were able to find a great choice from this list. There is definitely a good selection of choices whether you’re using a desk stand or floor stand. The best boom microphone stands are really, really useful and allow you to suspend your microphone for maximum quality.

If you purchased a boom mic stand from this list, let us know in the comments below how it’s working out for you. We love hearing your feedback as it helps us tweak these lists accordingly. If you think we’re missing a hot option (or disagree with one of our choices), let us know! We’ll buy and test any recommendations you send our way. Thank you and good luck!


Posted on Dec 13, 2020

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