Whether or not you’ve got ambitions to host the next All Things Considered or Howard Stern Show, quality sound (besides subject material) is essential. Poor quality audio causes listener fatigue — a troublesome notion when you’re waxing poetic about everything from Apple to Aaron Sorkin. The Yeti Pro ($249) combines a traditional analog XLR output and the convenience of USB for 24bit/192 kHz digital recording without any cumbersome mixing gear. Of course, you can also use the XLR-out to capture directly from its high quality condenser mic by Blue and monitor directly through a built-in zero-latency headphone output. It might be a touch overkill for Skype calls with your uncle, but for your bedroom musicians and aspiring podcasters, the Yeti Pro is the full monty.

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