Blue Yeti vs. Blue Yeti Pro | XLR CAPABILITY?

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Blue Yeti vs. Blue Yeti Pro

Blue Yeti vs. Blue Yeti Pro

What I will bring you in this article

  1. Introduction
  2. Quick rundown of the Blue Yeti
  3. Video Comparison
  4. Similarities & Differences
  5. Final Word & Links to some great articles!

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!


The Blue Yeti has become almost a staple in the pod-casters diet. That sounded really corny. Ah well. This mic pretty much tops every “best of” list imaginable. Well maybe not every list, but as far as “best USB mic?” Yeah it’s up there at or near the top.


Because it’s convenient, has a great sound, and won’t destroy your bank account. Lol. I have talked ad nausea bout this beast here at Home Studio Basics. It gets my highest endorsement. Here’s a quick rundown of everything good you need to know about the Yeti:

The Scoop

  1. Versatility. Does well in a variety of applications. Just don’t purchase it with the intent on solely recording vocals and instruments. It can also be used with the provided stand, or with a separate mic stand + shock-mount as well as: a windscreen or pop-filter depending on your preference.
  2. Convenience. Just plug and play!
  3. Features. This baby is basically ready to go out of the box. 4 polar patterns, gain switch, zero latency headphone jack for live monitoring, mute button, great USB cable, and elegant design make it perfect for pod-casters who need everything in one place. What is latency?
  4. It’s solid as a rock. It may look like an industrial sized dildo (or a cool spaceship), but rest assured this beast is strong and durable.
  5. Well rounded sound. Does exceptional with an array of voice types.
  6. Popular. Opinions do vary, but you will find the Yeti at or near the top of many short lists for best USB mic.
  7. An array of colors. Comes in Blackout, Platinum , Silver, Space Grey, and White-out!
  8. Great customer support. I’ve read many reviews about how helpful Blue is with any issues you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact them!
  9. 4.5/5 on amazon with over 4,000 reviews. That’s says something.

Video Comparison!

Similarities & Differences


  • You can detach both from their original stand and use a separate mic stand. So they are versatile in that you can use them in studio as well as just for voice-over.
  • Both have optional radius shock-mounts available.
  • Both have USB capabilities.


  • The Blue Yeti Pro has XLR capabilities while the Blue Yeti does not. The difference between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone. Be aware that an XLR setup does incur additional costs.
  • The Yeti pro is a bit more crisp sounding, Like Fresca 😛
  • The Yeti pro is said to have some low gain issues in USB mode. The original Yeti did not have this problem. To get the same recording level out of the Pro in USB mode, the gain will have to be turned all the way up. The Pro has lower output gain to enable the mic to perform better at a high SPL (sound pressure level). Think loud! Note: Quite a few people loved the sound from the Yeti Pro’s XLR feature. What is XLR?
  • The Yeti Pro can record up to 192 kHz/24-bit, while the original Yeti tops out a 48 kHz/24-bit. Bit depth vs. sample rate.
  • The original Blue Yeti does not need driver installation, while the Yeti Pro does.
  • The buttons and knobs on the Yeti pro are said to be more solid overall.
  • The headphone volume control on the Pro is digital, and spins forever. It also enables your operating system to remember that last headphone level. Nifty!
  • The standard Yeti’s headphone monitor circuits (in comparison, it doesn’t mean they’re bad) aren’t as good as the Pros. It has a tinny, breezy, noisy, low gain headphone amp, requiring almost all of the gain to get decent output levels. The Pro’s headphone amp in contrast dynamic and rich, and doesn’t require all that gain.
  • From the audio samples below, the Pro seems to be just a tad smoother, without that sibilance factor. What does Sibilant mean?
  • The Yeti pro picks up slightly less background noise than the standard Yeti.

Check out this informative article from Recording Hacks with audio samples and decide for yourself which is better!

Final Word

So what’s my recommendation?

Like the fella over at Recording hacks pointed out, which of these you choose entirely depends on your intended use.

If you only need something for pod-casting and voice-over type situations, I would go with the original Yeti. It’s got everything you need already, and the Pro really isn’t going to do much extra for you in this regard.

Interested in learning more about the Yeti? Check out any of these articles endorsing this beast:

Some articles endorsing the Yeti!

  1. The best USB microphone for voiceover
  2. The best USB microphone for podcasting
  3. The best cheap USB microphone
  4. The best mics for podcasting (overall)

If you’re wanting to branch out into the world of XLR, and require a more demanding set up, with higher quality, The Yeti Pro is phenomenal as well. It does have an overall better sound, but you will end up spending more on your setup.

Before you go throwing your monies at peeps, check out some of these articles to familiarize yourself with an XLR setup. 🙂

  1. Your audio interface
  2. What does an audio interface do?
  3. Cables & Wiring
  4. What is a cardioid capsule?
  5. What is a Soundcard?

Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the Blue Yeti vs. Blue Yeti Pro.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please let me know down below or Contact me!!

Hey Marvin, what do you make of all this? I would love to hear from you. Until next time..

All the best and God bless,

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