Shure MV5C review: The right mic for right now

Shure is one of the most pedigreed names in the audio business, with a range of incredibly popular and instantly recognizable microphones, from the SM7B to the SM57 to the gorgeous Super 55 Deluxe. These models have been around for decades and have established Shure as an undeniable force in recording, but in more recent years, there’s been an increasing demand for portable USB microphones — not so much for musicians looking to record their next album, but for podcasters, streamers, and voiceover artists who want to record audio without the need for expensive and bulky equipment like XLR interfaces and pre-amps. Last winter, I reviewed the Shure MV7, calling it “the perfect podcasting microphone” thanks to its great sound, versatility, powerful app, and options for either USB or XLR output. It’s essentially a more compact and modern SM7B, and I still use it for every recording of the Android Central Podcast — but even that microphone is larger than what most would considerable “portable,” and requires some sort of mount like a boom arm to use properly. VPN Deals: Lifetime license for $16, monthly plans at $1 & more That’s where the Shure MV5C comes in.