Podcasts have taken the world by storm in recent years – especially since its inception in the early 2000s. Forbes reports that there are more than 5 million podcasts with over 70 million episodes available, but it’s the United States with the largest market, with 100 million active listeners.
Like music, there is a genre of podcasts for everyone, from Spotify’s The Joe Rogan Experience, holding a top spot for the last three years to Crime Junkie and Morbid: A True Crime Podcast for true-crime enthusiasts. Podcast listeners looking for credible news, New York Times’ The Daily shares the latest news five days a week with an estimated 1.9 million listeners per episode.
It’s not just traditional platforms like Spotify or Apple music with podcasts, but social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok. Short-form podcasts, showcasing mini clips on social media platforms are increasingly popular amongst not only audiences, but creators as well. Creators have prioritized using popular social platforms to grow their podcasts, gain new listeners, and followers.
In honor of International Podcast Day, celebrated on September 30th, we’re sharing our favorite gear. Whether you’re starting your own podcast, are a podcast professional, or just enjoy listening, check out our top gear below!
Audio-Technica Podcast Headphones
Having the proper headphones is imperative when it comes to recording a podcast, but also for listening. Check out our wired and wireless headphones options below:
The ATH-M50x professional headphones are the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line for good reason! These fan-favorite headphones feature 45mm large-aperture drivers and provide an unmatched experience. These headphones are trusted for both in-studio and at home, perfect for recording, but also listening. If you’re looking for style, comfort, and studio-quality audio, the ATH-M50x is it.
For those looking for crisp audio from the prestigious M-Series line, but in a wireless version, the ATH-M50xBT2 are perfect. These over-ear headphones feature an updated USB-C connection, multipoint pairing mode, and legendary battery life – up to 50 hours on a continuous full charge. Check out more features of these wireless headphones on our blog.
For active podcast listeners, the wireless ATH-M20xBT headphones provide studio-quality audio at an affordable price. Inspired by the #1 selling wired ATH-M20x headphones, the ATH-M20xBT features 40 mm drivers, full-range high-fidelity audio with enhanced bass. With an exceptional battery life of up to 60 hours of continuous use on a full charge, you can listen to your favorite podcasts endlessly. Learn more about the ATH-M20xBT features on our blog!
Audio-Technica Podcast Microphones
Choosing the right equipment, including a microphone, is key when starting a podcast. Whether you are looking to upgrade your current set-up or starting from scratch, the below microphones are a go-to choice for podcasting. Not sure how to choose the right audio equipment? We got you covered with our guide on our blog.
The AT2020USB-XP is a go-to choice for creators and podcasters looking for a mic that ensures a quick and easy set-up. Ideal for beginners, this USB microphone features the award-winning sound of the original AT2020, plus three levels of noise reduction, eliminating any unwanted background noise, and more.
The AT2040USB offers the broadcast-quality performance of the AT2040 dynamic podcast microphone, but with convenience of USB functionality. This podcast microphone delivers crystal-clear studio sound, perfect for recording and the narrower pickup angle captures your voice for a professional sound. Learn more about the AT2040USB’s features and how to set it up in our Question of the Week
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