I have tested and reviewed many USB mics with a built-in headphone output for monitoring of sidetone (the user’s own voice, latency-free), the other people connected either locally or from far away, and playback of pre-recorded clips and openings. So far, none of the USB mics I have ever tested are great with shock resistance (except those that come with a shock mount, or when a third-party is added). However, even when an external shock mount is used, it doesn’t help with shock applied directly to the microphone. As a result, all of them are extremely sensitive to the pulling and movement of the connected headphone (or earbuds) cable. The best way to solve that tugging problem is to use a long (i.e. 3 meters or about 10 feet) male>female stereo TRS extension cable run together with the USB through the same flexible boom and strain-relieved. This will also have the additional benefit of looking more professional, in my opinion.
Although some USB microphones come with an extension headphone cable, for example the RØDE XDM-100 (reviewed here), the one that comes is straight. If we are going to feed the headphone cable to the flexible boom, it is often sleeker if the male>female stereo TRS extension cable has a 90-degree male TRS plug instead of a straight one. Of course, this depends on whether the 3.5 mm TRS jack is on the end of the microphone or on the side, and the angle of the microphone to the boom in its ideal position. Pick the appropriate 3-meter male>female stereo TRS extension cable with a straight or 90-degree angle on the male end, but definitely get one of them at least. Either should cost under U$10. This applies to all of the USB mics I have reviewed so far which have a 3.5 mm jack and the upcoming ones too.
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