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Comparison - which wireless microphone to choose?

2024-03-12
Comparison - which wireless microphone to choose?

If you're wondering what kind of microphone to choose, we've prepared a list of microphones from different price ranges to consider. Among them you will find options such as DJI Mic, DJI Mic 2, Ulanzi and Hollyland. Let's analyze them more closely to understand which one will best meet your needs.

Hollyland LARK MAX

Hollyland z odbiornikiem

LARK MAX is a wireless microphone system with MaxTimbre Mic technology and advanced ENC technology for ultra-clear sound. The transmitter has 8 GB of built-in memory, providing up to 14 hours of backup recordings. Works well for interviewing, vlogging, podcasting, field production, online teaching and other audio recording applications. Cheaper than the popular Mica, while very comparable. Visually, it's a matter of individuality, but both Mic and Hollyland have a nice Design and a good quality casing. The extensive menu in Hollyland is intuitive and you can easily find what you want. Small display shows both battery status and recording volume. It works really well indoors as well as outdoors and presents a pleasant sound. The microphone could be a little smaller to make it easier to stow away. The price at which you buy Hollylanda is PLN 1,090.

Advantages:

  • High sound quality: Hollyland stands out for its truly high sound quality.
  • Additional features: availability Timecodu and dehumidification on the microphone.
  • Convenience of use: Touch display on the receiver and knob facilitate quick access to settings.
  • Wind protection: Wind shield for better outdoor sound quality.
  • Storage: the microphone can be charged and stored in a convenient case.
  • Distance: Works at a long distance of up to 250 m.
Hollyland etui ładujące
Hollyland z telefonem

Disadvantages:

  • Limitations of connection: Having to connect the receiver to the phone with a cable can be cumbersome.
  • The LED indicating whether it is running is very small.

SoundtrackSoundtrack graphics
Sound in the roomHollyland nagranie
Sound outsideHollyland nagranie na zewnątrz
Room sound with noise reductionHollyland nagranie redukcja szumu
Outdoor sound with noise reductionHollyland nagranie na zewnątrz redukcja szumu

Ulanzi J12

Ulanzi J12 z etui

Ulanzi J12 is a wireless tie microphone designed for audio transmission for interviews and recordings. It is omnidirectional, capturing sounds from all sides. The design of the microphone itself may appeal, but it could have been made in better quality. Connecting to a phone is sometimes unintuitive. Moreover, it is difficult to determine when it is connected, by the very small diode. Dthe sound of the microphone could be better - it is quiet and there is no noise reduction. The test outdoors to my surprise came out better than indoors, although the Hollyland microphone and Mic present better sound quality. Outside, every gust could be heard and the lack of de-noising is noticeable. The price of the microphone is about £220.

Advantages:

  • Cost: the Ulanzi J12 stands out as an economical option, ideal for those looking for a cheaper solution.
  • Compactness: the microphone is really very tiny,both receiver and transmitter. This makes it easy to carry and mount on various devices.
  • Versatility: Ability to play audio even with the receiver connected.
  • Clear sound: Performs surprisingly well outdoors.
  • Storage: convenient carrying case for easy storage and charging.
Ulanzi J12 mikrofon
Ulanzi J12 z telefonem

Disadvantages:

  • Range: Must be close to the mouth, as it collects sound very poorly when distant.
  • Loudness: It is quite quiet.
  • Lack of display: The lack of a display on the receiver makes it impossible to monitor the audio being collected.
  • Limitations: Can only be connected to a phone.
  • No de-noise.
  • No wind shield.
  • The LED indicating whether it is running is very small.

SoundtrackSoundtrack graphics
Sound in the roomUlanzi J12 nagranie
Sound outsideUlanzi J12 nagranie na zewnątrz

DJI Mic

Mic z odbiornikiem

DJI Mic wireless audio transmission system records very good quality audio. Provides clear, natural sound and high noise immunity. Provides wireless transmission up to 250 m and long operating time, up to 5.5 hours. Distinguished by compatibility with many devices and lightweight, portable design with nice Design. DJI Mic Basic with one transmitter you can buy for £799.

Advantages:

  • Design: DJI Mic stands out with a nice Design.
  • Convenience of connection: With the adapter, the microphone can be easily connected to your phone.
  • Sound quality: Provides high quality sound.
  • Additional features: Touchscreen display and wind shield.
Mic mikrofon
Mic z odbiornikiem

Disadvantages:

  • Nuisance use: The need to slide the microphone out of the phone, to hear the sound and the lack of a dial.
  • Some features missing: Lack of Timecode and de-noise.

SoundtrackSoundtrack graphics
Sound in the roomDJI Mic 1 nagranie
Sound outsideDJI Mic 1 nagranie na zewnątrz
Room sound with noise reduction*DJI Mic 1 redukcja szumu
Outdoor sound with noise reduction*DJI Mic 1 nagranie na zewnątrz redukcja szumu

*It is not intelligent noise reduction like the Mic 2, and ocut low notes. When enabled, sounds with a frequency of 150 Hz or lower are filtered out.

DJI Mic 2

dji mic 2 mikrofon

The DJI Mic 2 is designed to capture authentic sounds at all times. It must be said that it guarantees excellent recording quality and effective noise cancellation thanks to intelligent noise reduction. Highly suitable for audio content production such as vlogs, interviews and live broadcasts, the Mic 2 delivers high quality audio in many conditions. Compared to its predecessor, it has a larger touchscreen for easier operation. It should also be noted that you can record mono and stereo sound on all devices. Features intelligent noise reduction and advanced internal recording technology 32-bit float. The microphone range is about 160 meters, and the operating time reaches up to 6 hours. You can learn more about Mic 2 at our article. Set DJI Mic 2 Basic with one transmitter is the cost of PLN 1,099.

Advantages:

  • Design and handiness: the DJI Mic 2 combines aesthetic design with practical usability.
  • Sound quality: Provides high quality sound.
  • Convenience of use: Touch display on the receiver and knob facilitate quick access to settings.
  • Phone connection: Comes with an adapter so it is conveniently connected to your phone
  • Additional features: De-noise enhances microphone functionality, strong magnetic mount.
  • Wind protection: The presence of a wind shield improves outdoor sound quality.
  • Storage: the DJI Mic 2 can be stored in a convenient case and charged at the same time.
dji mic 2 nadajnik
dji mic 2 z odbiornikiem

Disadvantages:

  • No Timecode

SoundtrackSoundtrack graphics
Sound in the roomDJI Mic 2 nagranie
Sound outsideDJI Mic 2 nagranie na zewnątrz
Room sound with noise reductionDJI Mic 2 nagranie redukcja szumu
Outdoor sound with noise reductionDJI Mic 2 nagranie na zewnątrz redukcja szumu

iPhone 15

To compare the recorded sound of the microphones, we also recorded audio from the phone: below are samples from the iPhone 15:

SoundtrackSoundtrack graphics
Sound in the roomiphone 15 nagranie
Sound outsideiphone 15 nagranie na zewnątrz

Summary

The choice of microphone depends on individual needs and preferences. The Ulanzi J12 offers an affordable price and compact design, the Hollyland provides excellent sound quality and numerous additional features, and the DJI Mic 1 and Mic 2 microphones combine aesthetic design with high sound quality. The final decision should depend on your specific requirements.

Author
Marcjanna Hubert
Chief editor of the Megadron blog, professionally involved with drones for 5 years. Student of New Media in Communication. Passionate about graphic design and travel, fascinated by the magic of storytelling through video. Creates a bridge between Megadron and customers by adding social media content: Instagram i Facebook.
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Bartholomew Rasztar
Editor specializing in e-commerce for 3 years. Master of Science in Management - Marketing and Social Media. Passionate about sports, extreme experiences and challenges, which he shares on his Instagram. Inspired by the use of technology to show the world in fascinating and interesting ways.
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Matthew Krenz
Engineer with a passion for photogrammetry and its applications in agriculture, environment and surveying. Advises our clients on the use of drones and multispectral cameras for mapping and data analysis. Outside of work, he loves to travel and scuba dive. On his profile By Instagram posts inspiring accounts of his expeditions and travels.
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