Wireless Lav Mics… which one?

There has been a surfeit of wireless mic systems of late and therefore we are spoiled for choice these days. So I thought I’d take a quick look and compare spec for spec the ones I have access to at the moment. These are:

  • DJI Mic
  • Hollyland Lark M1 Duo
  • Sennheiser XSW Digital Lavalier

And for good measure and comparison, throw in the RØDE Wireless Go II (which I don’t have but the specs are easily obtainable).

Whilst there are many other options, these four should give a reasonable benchmark to work from and allow a choice to be made – depending on record quality of course!

 

DJI Mic

Sennheiser XSW Lav Set

Hollyland Lark M1 Duo

RØDE GO II (Twin set)

Transmitter

 

 

 

 

Dimensions

47.32 x 30.43 x 20.1mm

102 x 24 x 28 mm

48 x 21.5 x10mm

44 x 45.3 x 18.3mm

Weight

30g

Not given

11.8g

30g

Battery Capacity

320mAh

850mAh

140mAh

Not given

Operating Time

5.5 hrs

5 hrs

8 hrs

7 hrs

Charge Time

70 mins

3 Hrs

1.5Hrs

Not given

Receiver

 

 

 

 

Dimensions

47.44 x 32.21 x 17.35mm

109 x 24 x 28 mm

48.3 x 27,6 x 11mm

44 x 45.5 x 18.3mm

Weight

24.9g

Not given

17.5g

32g

Operating Time

5 Hrs

5 Hrs

8 hrs

7 hrs

Battery Capacity

320mAh

850mAh

200mAh

Not given

Charge Time

70 mins

3 Hrs

1.5Hrs

Not given

General

 

 

 

 

Audio Output

Not given

Max 12dBu

Not given

100 dB SPL (1kHz @ 1m) dBu

Frequency Range

2400-2483.5MHz

2400-2483.5MHz

Varies based on regulations of different countries

50Hz – 20kHz

Latency

Not given

<4 ms

Not given

Not given

Max Range

Not given

75m

200m

200 m

Other

  • Records in TX as well as RX connected device
  • Comes with 2 x TX units
  • Has no case charging system requiring USB-C charging
  • Can switch between multiple TX on single RX
  • Only comes with single TC unit
  • Separate USB-C on RX and TX for charging outside case
  • Comes with 2 x TX units
  • Available as dual or single TX system
  • 40 hours internal recording

Price

AUD$509

AUD$499

AUD$230

AUD$429

In Use

There is no doubt having a twin mic and single receiver system is a distinct advantage and here the Sennheiser dips out initially although you can add extra transmitters / mics later if you wish.

The ability of the DJI mics to also record internally in addition to the receiver system recording to the host device is a ripper idea and a major selling point. Specification wise you can see the RØDE and DJI systems are almost identical so this one thing might give the DJI Mic an edge over RØDE to some buyers.

The price point of the Hollyland system is extremely attractive, and if you are on a budget, then this would definitely fit your needs.

Audio Quality

If you ignore technical specifications and go by your ears, well my ears anyway, the long experience of Sennheiser in the audio world has the distinct edge in recording quality with I’d suggest, the RØDE in second place. The DJI Mic comes in 3rd and the Hollyland Lark M1, whilst being very capable and eminently suitable for vlogging, YouTube and TikTok etc, doesn’t exhibit the quality of the Sennheiser and RØDE offerings that broadcast audio would demand.

 

 

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