6 Best Binaural Microphones

Due to the overwhelming technological progress, the world right now is crazy about authentic things and experiences. More and more authenticity is achieved in different areas. In the music business, for example, the sound quality now is proclaimed fidelity. High fidelity means that music is recorded in such a way that its sound is no different from the one you can listen to on live performances. So, basically, the closer to life the sound you listen to through your device, the higher its fidelity.

Before you hear something, your eardrums receive signals that then travel through ear canals to your brain. So, if the sound source is not exactly in front of you or behind you, your ears hear the sound differently, because the traveling distance is different. The way to record music so that it sounded like in a real live show is through using a binaural microphone. Binaural microphones are very special – some of them even come with dummy heads.

Top binaural mics:


LOW NOISE IN-EAR BINAURAL MICS

This is the first binaural microphone on our list. As it is shown in the picture, you just need to put it on like you put on your earphones. Flat frequency response and high sensitivity are protected by a set of windscreens (outside dimension is 1″ X .8″). These super-soft in-ear holders slip right into your ears, so it is very comfortable to wear them. The small size obviously helps as well. Whereas these mics are going to be situated next to the ear canals, your hearing is not going to get worse, so you will be able to enjoy the sound while you are recording it. The cables end with a stereo 1/8″ (3.5mm) gold-plated jack.

These mics have an omnidirectional pickup pattern. You get to choose between two available microphone sensitivities. The standard option works with sounds ranging from pretty quiet to extremely loud. The high sensitivity option is for the sounds ranging from extremely quiet to moderately loud. You can choose the microphone cable color – it can be either black or beige. You can use the mics with any recorder that has “plug-in-power” or a battery module.

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SP-BMC-2 by Sound Professionals

This is one more affordable option that comes with windscreens. Despite the tiny size, approx. 1/4″ diameter X 1/2″, lengthy microphone cartridges are very rugged and can ensure a lifetime of accurate recordings. Each of the two microphone elements is mounted to their own high-quality durable rubber cases. The devices can be powered by the battery module or phantom power as it is usually the case with Sound Professionals products.

The characteristics of the mics are the following: signal to noise ratio, 58dB, dynamic range 81dB/96dB and 20-20,000 Hz frequency response. The maximum input sound level is 105dB/120dB, which is also common among Sound Professionals products.

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SP-TFB-2 by Sound Professionals

This model is premium. It has flexible black shielded cables. The shielding is quite helpful when your entire studio crew is texting, sexting or Instagramming while recording sound.

 

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MS-MINI-BINAURAL-EARS

This is certainly the next level. The set includes two artificial ears, so you don’t have to borrow anybody else’s. Binaural recording works without using a full-size head. MS-MINI-BINAURAL-EARS delivers extremely realistic recordings using just this much hardware and “humanware”. 

The actual specifications are pretty amazing. 75dB signal to noise ratio and 19dB of equivalent self-noise mean that you get basically no noise on your quietest recordings. In general, you get less background hiss while at the same time a superior sensitivity of 32dB doesn’t let you miss any details. Flat frequency response is another thing you want to have on your mic. The maximum sound pressure when powered by one of the microphone power supplies is 120dB, however, the device also works with phantom power, so it can be increased. Omnidirectional pickup pattern is here as well.

The mics are installed deep in ear canals as you can see in the picture. You can adjust the mics’ mount depth as you like – for example, you can pull them half-way out. If you dismount the mics, they will work as your regular stereo mics. So, you can forget about the ‘humanware’ ears if you are tired of playing with them.

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3Dio FS (FS-2W-001)

3dio binaural mic

3Dio FS is a great binaural microphone that comes with the polyurethane ears. With it, you can record nature sounds, live performances, theatre performances, and more. Even filmmakers tend to use such kind of microphones.

The model comes with two special inputs – a stereo 3,5 mm output jack and the one for powering. It has a 9V alkaline battery. What it also has is a stand that supports the construction during recording. This is probably the most unusual model on our list and yet it is very popular on Amazon. Check it out yourself!

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Self-powered professional adjustable Binaural microphone using realistic human-shaped ears by Sound Professionals

The top model from the Sound Professionals. All the features are here. These mics record binaurally without a head and let you get an extremely realistic sound. The amazing 75dB signal to noise ratio figure is also here. The mics offer 32dB sensitivity, which is no less than in other options. The omnidirectional pickup pattern is the best pattern for such kinds of mics, so it is here as well. You can adjust the mics’ depth by sliding them in and out.

The power is controlled by a switch on the central piece of the set.

The package also contains a small tripod and a desktop mic stand. All the details that you can see in the picture are the same in reality.

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