Google Meet, which is available to Google Workspace and consumer Gmail users, is an easy-to-use online meeting application. As do all meeting apps, Meet supports camera, audio, and screen sharing.
As far as audio hardware goes, there are a number of options. Some work better than others, depending on the environment the meeting host or attendee is in.
Keep in mind that just one attendee who introduces too much ambient noise can degrade the meeting experience for all attendees.
1. Computer microphone and speakers
This is a viable option if you are in an office with a closed door.
Computer microphones can pick up a lot of background noise. Using your computer’s mic and speakers in a coffee shop will likely create a distraction during a Google Meet meeting.
2. Apple AirPods & Google Pixel Buds
Apple AirPods can be paired with any Bluetooth-compatible computer or mobile device. The microphones in AirPods tend to not pick up as much ambient noise as a computer’s microphone.
Pixel Buds can be purchased from the Google Store. Less expensive wireless earbuds are available on Amazon.
3. USB Headset
A USB headset works across PCs, Macs, and Chromebook. A headset with a noise-canceling transmitter will block out ambient noise.
A wireless business headset to consider is the Poly Voyager 4310.
A wired business headset with USB/USB-C and 3.5 mm connections is the Plantronics Blackwire C5220.
4. Google Meet USB or XLR Microphone Options
If you want your voice to come across clearly and authoritatively, a studio-quality microphone is an option to consider. This will give your voice a podcast-quality sound.
A dynamic USB microphone like the Rode Podcaster is a good option for a Google Meet microphone.
A desk boom for the mic is a plus as it lets you view your screen from a natural position. You can also clamp the mic to a standup desk.
If you want to use an XLR mic such as the Lewitt LCT 240 PRO or a Shure SM7B, the Universal Audio Volt 2 USB Audio Interface will give your voice a rich, full sound with its Vintage Mic Preamp mode.
The Volt’s headphone port lets you both monitor your own voice and hear sound from the computer. If you want to use a wired earpiece or earbuds with a 3.5mm jack, you can get an adapter.
Listening through Bluetooth headphones or earphones would require plugging a Bluetooth transmitter into the headphone port.
5. Dial in from a mobile phone
All the options above are VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), which means audio and video are on the same connection.
While dialing in from a mobile phone means that an attendee will have two connections to the meeting, this may be the best available audio option in some situations.