A dear friend heard my pain and anguish over the USB microphone issue and sent me the Beecaster Microphone. Wow! It's a work of art from the box to placement on my desk and sounds fantastic. Four pickup patterns, mic gain and headphone levels, a heavy, sturdy base and very easy to use. Plug it in and go. All reports from the listeners perspective have been very good -- a noticeable improvement from the $99 mic... and besides, after a week, we broke the stand that came with it. :(
So far, Zoom loses on all audio accounts. Google Hangouts and Skype seem to do a better job with audio. We're going to test Teams and Meetings next week. Who knows, maybe it's my internet. Eventhough we have the fastest speed Xfinity offers, we live in the Silicon Valley.... the internet is a mess.. as is cellular transmissions. Go figure.