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Hey,

I'm looking for a general purpose microphone for daily usage. The main purpose of the microphone will be for skyping/game communication but I also want to use it for potential vocal/acoustic guitar recordings in the future as-well as youtubing. I'm not looking for studio quality but something that is clear and sounds good.

My budget is around $40 - $60. This does not factor in the fact that as I am buying through Amazon and live in Australia I have to pay international shipping fees (around $17).

I'm currently looking at these microphones:

Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB $47.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QJREXM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A9QVVOI3HAMKV

I'm really liking the look of this microphone and it seems to be the best choice at the moment.

Blue Microphones Snowball USB $58.68
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Textured/dp/B000EOPQ7E/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1369148882&sr=8-8&keywords=USB+Microphone

Everyone seems to love this microphone however some people are stating that microphones such as the ART2500 are better quality microphones.

Behringer C-1 USB $54.99
http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-C-1U-Condenser-Microphone-Cardioid/dp/B001QXCYZY/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1369149435&sr=1-1&keywords=behringer+c-1+usb

Seems like a decent microphone, however I would have to purchase a stand for it. If the sound quality is vastly superior to the other microphones than I may consider purchasing it.

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB $34.00
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATR2100-USB-Cardioid-Dynamic-Microphone/dp/B004QJOZS4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1369149330&sr=8-6&keywords=USB+Microphone

This is incredibly cheap and seems like a great microphone as-well.

Also I am 'looking' at the Samson Meteor Mic for $70 on Amazon, but unless it trumps all the microphones I just listed I dont see the reason I would go with it.

At the moment the ATR2500 is looking like the best microphone at the moment, but I would love advice and help on this. I'm not looking for crazy studio quality recordings but I want something that sounds good.

Thanks!
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Any advice? I'm really only looking at the Blue Snowball and ATR 2500 now. They seem like the best two choices.
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I can't comment on any of those mica except for the snowball, which I have listened to many times. I will say that it is NOT worth the price tag. While I am not saying that the sound is horrible and no one will ever understand what you say. Compared to other mics around the price point, you are just not really getting your 'bang for buck'.
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