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Rode Wireless Pro Vs DJI Mic Vs Hollyland Lark Max – Ultimate Wireless Mic Comparison

Intro

Yo, let’s talk microphones today. As you can see, I’ve got three of the most popular microphones that I think on the market today. We’ve got the DJI, we’ve got the Hollyland Lark Max, and we’ve also got the Rode Wireless Pro that just came out. So today we’re going to test all three microphones in terms of looks, ergonomics, price features as well as audio quality range, and all the good stuff.

DJI Mic being the first release, it was the microphone of its time, its form factor, its LED screen, its chargeable casing, as well as the ease of change of adapters on the Type-C and the lightning cable. Even today, I think this is probably one of the best features. All three microphones have stereo, mono, and safety recording, and it came with a low pass filter. The ability to adjust all your menu functions through the touch screen was a given plus. But as time went on, all of its features have been passed by its counterparts.

DJI Mic

Next, we have the Hollyland Lark Max that came out earlier this year. Now, this is not the first time Hollyland made its form factor. In fact, the earlier Lark 150 wasn’t an exact design, and it came out before the DJI. With the release of the Lark Max, you are getting a longer recording time. A deeper fuller voice, the combination of an LED screen and dial, the ability to adjust your EQ, and of course, the market leading, noise canceling, and I think still to this day, is probably one of the best in the market. There are little might new features as well. For example, you are able to plug in your receiver into your phone while still playing the audio out loud. This is something that’s not available on these other devices unless you are plugged the receiver from your phone.

Hollyland Lark Max

And finally came the Rode Wireless Pro. It is the most expensive of the bunch, but it comes with the most accessories. Two additional Lavaliers, the function of 32 bit flow recording, gain assist, as well as timecode. It does have a smaller recording case and the longest internal recording of 40 hours. They’ve incorporated a quick access to your menu functions. However, not all functions are available unless you plug it into your phone or your laptop, which is a shame. And then to be honest, all three audios are fairly good. Nothing you can’t fix during a quick EQ adjustment in post.

Rode Wireless Pro

Specs and Recording

First, let’s look at the size. Well in terms of overall size, I think the DJI wins hands down. It is probably one of the smallest packages you are going to get. Now keep in mind this does not include the accessories, whereas the Hollyland it is a little bit bigger, but it does come with a fairly sturdy case with all the accessories attached inside in the top. Underneath, we do have the case itself with the transmitter and the receiver. In terms of size though, as you can see, Hollyland is a little bit bigger, but it does have a bigger battery, which I’ll go through a little bit later on.

MicrophoneSizeRecording StorageOperating Time
Rode Wireless ProTX: 46.5 x 44 x 20mm
RX: 46.5 x 44 x 20mm
Charge Case: 101 x 82 x 70mm
32G6 hours and 30 minutes
DJI MicTX: 47.32 × 30.43 × 20.01 mm
RX: 47.44 × 32.21 × 17.35 mm
Charge Case: 103.06 × 61.87 × 41.50 mm
8G6 hours and 10 minutes
Hollyland Lark MaxTX: 48.5 x 30.3 x 19.37mm
RX: 58 x 40.83 x 23.17mm
Charge Case: 115 x 46 x 63mm
8G6 hours and 50 minutes

Now, in terms of the Rode Wireless Pro, it comes in two different packages. The big one is the charging case, as well as the receiver and the transmitter itself. And the other one is the accessory pack. So all of which do come with fairly well equipped accessory packages. But if we look at just the case itself, I think DJI does have a smaller case out of the three, whereas the Hollyland and the Rode each have a different variant in size.

Now, while on the topic of ergonomics and overall design, let’s talk about some of the specs between these three. Now all three do have internal recording. The DJI and the Hollyland both have eight gigs of internal recording storage space, which gives you roughly around 14 hours of continuous recording Whereas the Rode Wireless Pro do have 32 gigs of internal recording. And you’re able to record up to 40 hours. So that’s a win for the Road Wireless Pro.

But how long do they last? Well, don’t believe everything you read on the website. From my testing, the DJI is the shortest at 6 hours and 10 minutes, with the Rode Wireless Pro at a constant 6 hours and 30 minutes, and with Hollyland lark Max coming on top with around 6 hours and 50 minutes, and with its three charging case, the Hollyland is able to recharge its wireless microphones up to 21 hours, with Rode following close second at 20 hours and of course, DJI falling the least given the smaller size case of only giving 15 hours.

Design features

Accessory wise, I think all three do come fairly well equipped, whether you’re an Android or an iPhone user. They do come with adapters as well as USB charging. Now, with the exception of Rode, it does come with two additional lavalier two mics. Now these are relatively pricey mics, around $100 on their website on its own. So you do get two of these lavalier mics, which you can use on your Rode Wireless Pro.

The Rode is the only one with a 3.5mm screw on jack. So you have that extra sense of security knowing that you won’t fall out. But that being said, the Rode Wireless Pro is a little bit more expensive as an overall package. So if you’re doing a lot of professional work, talking heads interviews, then you definitely need some good lavalier mics.

All three do accept normal 3.5mm lavalier mic, so you can use any type of mic. You don’t have to use the brand itself. If you want to save some money, then the Hollyland and the DJI might be the better buck.

In terms of looks and design of the actual transmitter itself. I think the DJI and the Hollyland looks its best. Smaller and compact, whereas the Rode Wireless Pro I think it’s a bit bulky.

As well as the reflective surface, I’m not a really big fan of that. All three do come with magnets and they are very, very strong, with the Road being a clip-on as well and a larger size.

Here’s a comparison of all three. While during a tennis match all three held on very well. But if you want an absolute ranking, well, the DJI is the weakest of the three, followed by Hollyland and the Road is just super strong. In fact, it’s so strong you can use it in your jumper or a hoodie, jacket, or even the back of your iPhone MagSafe.

Rode Unique features

For beginners and professionals alike, one of the biggest problems with capturing professional audio is setting and maintaining optimal gain levels. If your gain is set too high or your subject is too loud, your audio may clip and become unusable. Still, if the gain is too low or your subject too quiet, you’ll have to boost it later and potentially introduce some unwanted noise or create uneven audio.

So Rode Wireless Pro has this ability called Gain Assist, and basically, you just set it and leave it. It automatically sets your vocal gains based on your surroundings. As well as helping to prevent your audio from clipping, GainAssist is great for simply ensuring that your audio is smooth, clear, and balanced, without inconstancies in volume that can be unpleasant to listen to.

Hollyland Unique features

Some of the additional features I just want to mention, noise canceling. This is something that’s done really well on the Lark Max, I think this is one of their draw cards. This is not available on the Road, nor the DJI. DJI has something called a low pass filter, which basically eliminates anything under a certain frequency. But it’s not something like noise canceling. And the AI is able to distinguish and separate the vocal and the background noise.

Range test

Now, what about the range? Now on the website, all three microphones says they have a direct range of 250m. Now line of sight means face to face. So my microphone and my transmitter needs to be facing in a direct line of sight. If I’m facing backwards, all three microphones started to break out at around 15 to 20m mark.

Sound test

Rode Wireless Pro is clearly better sound wise. DJI 2 – Frequency response – only  50 Hz – 20 kHz,   Rode better with 20 Hz – 20 kHz , if you want the best sound quality you need Rode mics. Let me know in the comments which one you like better. Is that the DJI or the Hollyland or the Rode Wireless Pro?

Final Thoughts

So which do you recommend? Well it all comes down to the budget. If you do want the extra flexibility of 32 bit float, gain assist, and timecodes, then you have no choice but to go with the Road. However, if you’re on a budget then I highly recommend the Hollyland Lark Max. It is a great overall package as a whole, and I think it will serve you very well in the time to come.

Darren

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