Update: check out this amazing and thorough shoutout of the top five mic boom arms.
I've gone through different mic stands in my podcasting career. The traditional on-stage variety works great, but I would catch myself slouching as gravity pulled the mic down while I was podcasting.
Then I bought the Heil PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom ($120, also available from Amazon.com). It is perfectly balanced to stay where I put it, and even includes an extra weight in case I'm using a lighter microphone.
The Heil boom arm is intelligently designed with a plastic lid across the top and back for holding the XLR cable hidden and out of the way.
Combined with a shock mount, the PL-2T allows me to move my mic anywhere without its making a sound.
In fact, I would call my Heil PL-2T my favorite piece of podcasting gear of all of my audio equipment—yes, even more than my Heil PR40 mic.
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I would love to get one of these booms but right now it’s out of the budget. Nothing else really comes close to how well these work and their quality. Right now I have two simply boom stands, moving left or right them is relatively quiet but going closer or further away from it’s original position is impossible to do quietly.
Funny, I just found this after doing a bit of research on Boom arms myself. I normally prefer to spend a bit more and get quality kit, but I found one on Amazon by Neewer and thought I’d give it a try. It’s cheap as chips, but actually pretty decent quality. Not last-for-ever quality, by any means, but great for the price. Worth a try anyway!