TONOR T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review | Best Quality, Freely Movable Design

Previously, I reviewed the Tonor TC-777 microphone and told everyone that they might be needing a boom arm for it. And it is not just the TC-777 that needs a microphone boom arm, but almost every microphone on the market which does and doesn’t come with a standard desk stand (low height issue). So, here I bring the Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm, an underrated microphone boom arm worth of trying. I’ll be doing a Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review to let you guys know the good and bad of this microphone arm. So, here we go:

Why You Need A Microphone Boom Arm?

Why you need a boom arm for microphone

You will be needing a boom arm if:

  • the microphone you just purchased doesn’t have a stand or boom arm
  • the stand provided with the microphone is too low in height
  • the stand or the arm is poor in quality
  • the boom arm isn’t shock-resistance and generates too much noise when recording

What are the Advantages of Microphone Boom Arm?

The advantages of a microphone boom arm are:

  • Adjustable height and position of the microphone
  • Anti-shock feature allows you to prevent background noises or vibrations while recording
  • Strong and steady microphone hold
  • Much more comfortable to use than the standard desk stand with placement and height issues

What to look in a Microphone Boom Arm?

Things you should be looking in a microphone boom arm are:

  • Is the arm compatible with my current microphone? Screw options
  • Is it freely movable? More specifically 360 degrees rotation from the base and 180 rotation from the arm
  • Arm and clamp locks to make the hold tight
  • How durable the microphone boom arm is? The thickness of the frame (higher the better). Pieces of the arm (more the better). The numbers and type of spring suspending used.
  • Clamp area (the more the area is, the better the grip is)
  • The load capacity of the arm (more the better)
  • Does the arm offer additional accessories (filters, straps, screws)

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review – A Sturdy Build, Freely Movable, and Larger Clamp Area

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review – Specifications (Specs) Sheet

Model Tonor T20
Dimensions 16.1 x 6.6 x 3.9 inches
Weight 1.8 lbs (816 grams)
Build Material Steel (high grade)
Clamp Area Thickness 2.4″ / 60mm / 6 cm
Clamp Contact Area 38 cm2
Number of Spring Suspensions 2 near

2

Frame Dimensions width: 12mm and thickness: 1mm
Locks Lock for 180 degrees arm movement: Yes

Lock for 360 degrees arm movement: No

Lock for 180 degrees adapter movement: Yes

Compatibility / Adapters standard 3/8″ thread

3/8″ female to 5/8″ male adapter (included)

Max Load limit 3.79 pounds (1.8 kg)
Accessories 1 x Boom arm

1 x Desk clamp

1 x Mic clip

1 x 3/8″ to 5/8″ Adapter

1 x Pop filter

1 x Foam cover

4 x Cable tie

1 x Manual

1 x After-sales card

Price 39.99 USD

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review – The Unboxing

Starting the Tonor T20 Microphone Boom arm review, the Tonor T20 comes in a standard cardboard box with the Tonor logo and the model name ‘T20 studio boom arm’. There’s the 2 years warranty written on the top left. In short, the packaging looks nothing special and like the rest of the boom arms available on Amazon.

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review - box

Now the best part is the accessories. When you open, you get the most accessories with this arm which is something that most of the boom arm manufacturers won’t provide you, especially the pop filter including InnoGear Microphone Boom Arm and NEWER Boom Arm. Tonor has always been generous when it comes to the accessories. If you have read my previous Tonor TC-777 microphone review, you should have known that with that microphone, a complete mic setup was provided in the boxing. Such is the case with the T20 boom arm. The accessories include:

  • 1 x Desk clamp
  • 1 x Mic clip
  • 1 x 3/8″ to 5/8″ Adapter
  • 1 x Pop filter
  • 1 x Foam cover
  • 4 x Cable tie
  • 1 x Manual
  • 1 x After-sales card

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review - Accessories

Previously, I purchased a Chinese NB-35 microphone arm (a boom arm on Aliexpress with the most accessories) and even it didn’t have cable tie which Tonor T20 is offering and the quality is just incredible.

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review – Design & Appearance

Size & Weight

Continuing the Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review, the design and appearance is one of the selling points of this boom arm. The Tonor T20 is made of high-quality steel and is black in appearance. In terms of length, it’s 27.5-inches long and weighs 1.8 lbs (816 grams).

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review - featured

The frame is much thicker than almost every boom arm on the market. There are some concave joints that perfectly fit the USB cable of a plug and play microphone. However, the fatty XLR cables might not fit in it. For this, Tonor does offer some straps to make it all neat and tidy.

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review - usb cable
The USB cable perfectly fits in the groove

When you use it for the first time, there’s a   a little bit of paint coming off from the joints which are moveable , not worrisome and something which we can ignore for this much price. However, this does give a bad impression to us.

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review - color removing
At first use slight paint wear off from the rotation joints

Spring Suspensions

There are two springs suspensions at the 180 degrees movement and the two springs near the clamp are of high quality and durable. How did I find out? I have a Fifine K670 which weighs 889 grams and those springs were able to work flawlessly with this much weight. Moreover, the springs don’t even make noise will extending or contracting which is a sign of great quality.

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review - spring

Movement

The arm near the clamp is 360 degrees rotatable and from the center, it’s 180 degrees moveable (up and down). The microphone adaptor is also 180 degrees movable. This boom arm is fun to use with lightweight microphones.

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review - movement

I did notice that for the super lightweight microphones, this boom arm  doesn’t reach the full extend and just returns a few inches back .

Locks

As for the locks, there are two locks present on the arm, one is in the center to adjust the tightness of 180 degrees movement and one present at the metal adapter to adjust the tightness of the adapter holding the microphone.  I would have appreciated if there was a lock near the clamp to adjust the 360 degrees movement which is too loose . Anyways, I haven’t seen any microphone stand to offer this lock (the cheap ones).

Durability

When it comes to durability, the Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm is way durable than any of the microphone arms I had. It’s much thicker (compared to the best selling InnoGear boom arm and NEEWER boom arm). For better weight distribution, the Tonor T20 has three frames compared to InnoGear and Neewer which has only two frames.

Tonor T20 Microphone boom arm thickness compared
Tonor T20 thickness compared to other boom arms

Because of the thicker and wider frame, the weight limit of this Boom Arm is 3.79 pounds (1.8 kg).

Clamp

The clamp area and the clamp contact area is the greatest in any of the cheap microphone arms stands available on Amazon (almost 4x larger). Just for comparison,  the clamp area for Innogear is 9 cm2 while for Tonor T20 it’s 38 cm2 . So, if you have a thick flat table, Tonor T20 is the best option one can get. There’s also the rubber padding on the top of the clamp as well.

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review - clamp

Since the clamp is almost 4x wider than their previous boom arm, and the widest in the market. So, this also serves as a headphone rack, if your table isn’t that much thick.

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm review - cramp

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review – Compatibility

The Tonor T20 microphone boom arm is compatible with the following microphones:

  • Lightweight microphones (Shure SM58, 57, Beta 87A, Neewer BM-800, Blue Yeti, Blue Snowball, Yeti Pro, Yeti Nano, Yeti X, Blue Snowball iCE, Audio-Technica AT2020, AT2020USB+, AT2035, ATR2500-USB and ATR2100-USB
    Fifine K669B & K669)
  • Microphones with 3/8″ and 5/8″ thread support

It’s also compatible with desk types:

  • Thin flat desk
  • Thick flat desk

Tonor T20 microphone boom arm is not compatible with:

  • Curved desk
  • Not for suitable to be mounted upside down

Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review – Comparison with Other Cheap Boom Arms

Tonor T20 Microphone boom arm vs innoGear Microphone Boom Arm

Tonor T20 has:

  • More accessories (pop filter, foam filter, etc.)
  • More desk thickness (6 cm)
  • 3 frames (innogear has only 2)
  • More desk clamp area (38 cm2 vs 9 cm2)
  • More weight limit (1800 g vs 1000 g)

innoGear has:

  • Better price

Tonor T20 Microphone boom arm vs NEEWER NW-35 Microphone Boom Arm

Tonor T20 has:

  • More accessories (pop filter, foam filter, etc.)
  • More desk thickness (6 cm)
  • More desk clamp area (38 cm2 vs 9 cm2)
  • More weight limit (1800 g vs 1000 g)
  • More microphones compatibility (Support Blue Yeti)

Neewer NW-35 has:

  • Better price
  • Doesn’t support Blue Yeti

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Our Verdict

Ending this Tonor T20 microphone boom arm review, I know that most of you might be concerned with the price of this stand almost 2x the price of innoGear and NEEWER T20. However, this price is totally worth it, since you will be getting more accessories (cost $10 to $20 extra if you buy them separately). Moreover, I have already compared it with the two boom arms above, so you can see what it cost much higher.

Anyways,  the clamp area for Innogear is 9 cm2 while for Tonor T20 it’s 38 cm2 . Moreover, I would have appreciated if there was a lock to adjust the 360-degree movement. In the end, I must say:

There’s no Boom arm manufacturer that gives this much accessories with the boom arm as Tonor does with T20. The build quality is definetly the best in all cheap boom arm microphones with the most compatibility to offer under $40. Definetly, incredible VALUE for PRICE!

I hope you loved this Tonor T20 microphone boom arm review. Let me know if you have any questions. If you have this boom arm, don’t forget to rate it in the comment section below.

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TONOR T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review
Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm Review | Best Quality, Freely Movable Design
Summary
As a cheap boom arm, Tonor T20 gets the job done with the best quality under $40, no noise while moving, additional accessories, and the largest clamp area in a cheap boom arm.
Design & Appearance
8
Movement
8
Locks
7.5
Clamp
8.1
Durability
8.5
Compatibility
8.3
Price
7.5
Price/Performance Ratio
9
Reader Rating0 Votes
0
Pros
Tons of accessories
Best Quality under $40
Highly Durable (2 years warranty)
The most clamp area in cheap boom arms
No sound while moving
Compatibility with most microphones
Cons
No lock to adjust 360 degrees movement
Doesn't fully extend with lightweight microphones attached
8.1
Total Rating
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