August 2, 2015 at 11:40AM

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Best Lavalier Wireless mic kit

I'm about to buy my first wireless mic kit. I will be using it for wedding work mostly.

I am aware of the Rodelink filmmaker kit, which would be an ideal price point - but it looks a little too chunky (I have seen it up close too) to be placing in a grooms pocket/trousers. I have also read dodgy things about the build quality. That said, at the price point it seems an extremely reasonable piece of kit. I am willing to stretch to a higher price point if the overall quality (in terms of sound & build) will surpass the Rodelink.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions? I have used Sennheiser in the past - but have no experience of other brands such as Sony.

Thanks!

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I currently own a couple of Sennheiser G3 UHF systems, which I've been very happy with, but they are about double the price of the new RodeLink system, so maybe the clunkiness of the size of the RodeLink is not such a big deal given the lower price point.

I doubt that there will be a "build quality" issue with the RodeLink system, given that this is a new venture for Rode and generally their gear is pretty well made.

My Sennheiser G3 system has served me well, but if you've ever seen one of these G3 units opened up the build quality of their switches is minimal. I guess they are designed with the idea of quick replacement of the switches, but this has to be done by a repair department, so there's nothing that an end-user can do when the switches stop working.

August 2, 2015 at 11:04PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I'm with Guy. It's a nice little system. It just works. Only once has interference caused a problem, but we were filming in a crazy place with tons of frequencies everywhere. So I always bring at least a wired lav just in case.

Tony

August 5, 2015 at 4:29PM, Edited August 5, 4:29PM

Thanks Guy.

The way I see it is Rode Link:

pros: digital, cheap, good reputation
cons: chunky, have heard dodgy things

G3: Pretty much industry standard, good rep, proven reliability
Cons: Not digital so susceptible to inteference, double the price

When you say served you well, what do you mean? For how long? How often have you encountered interference issues? If you were buying your next set, what brand would you buy?

Appreciate your response :)

August 3, 2015 at 3:59PM

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Nathan Buck
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I think the AVX-ME2 may be my answer!

Nathan Buck

August 3, 2015 at 4:04PM

>>>When you say served you well, what do you mean?

I've been using Sennheiser G2 and now G3 systems for about 6 years, and to date I've never had any problems with any recording.

>>>How often have you encountered interference issues?

None so far, but I always scan for free channels when I set up, which might be one of the reasons why I haven't had issues.

>>>If you were buying your next set, what brand would you buy?

If money was tight I would go for the RodeLink, otherwise I would still go for the Sennheiser G3 system. ( But if you live in the USA make sure you ONLY buy units that use BAND A frequency, as the higher frequencies may not be legal any more. )

The Sennheiser AVX system looks interesting, but I haven't read any thorough reviews on it yet. It's a digital system that uses the "baby monitor" frequencies, but being encrypted I am sure it will lock everything else out of it's specific frequency. I am curious to hear how the sound quality compares to the G3 system.

August 3, 2015 at 10:16PM, Edited August 3, 10:17PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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sound is hard to fix in post. it's always good to have the best you can afford.
if you need more rent it.
I think they're about 15-20/day rentals

August 5, 2015 at 9:06AM

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Kazu Okuda
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I opted for the AVX ME2 system. They arrived yesterday and the ease of use is just a dream to be honest. Far more compact than the Rode Link and about 10 times better in build quality. I'm yet to properly test the audio. I love that you can just plug directly into your XLR and that you don't need to fiddle about with the transmitter once you have your talent wired up. So far, so good...

Oh and no AA batteries, just USB charge. Perfect.

August 7, 2015 at 6:50AM, Edited August 7, 6:51AM

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Nathan Buck
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If you get a chance, post an audio sample of some dialog. I would love to hear something recorded with this new system.

Guy McLoughlin

August 7, 2015 at 9:52AM

I love the Sennheiser G3 -- with the ME2 omni-directional mic rather than the ME4 cardioid.

You didn't say you far you'd stretch. Lectrosonics are lovely -- great sound, tough build, easy to use -- and available for only a modest second mortgage.

August 24, 2015 at 10:42PM

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Minor Mogul
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