It's only been a few short months since the release of the DJI Mic, which gave content creators a nice alternative to the RØDE Wireless GO II. Hollyland, not wanting to just sit by after the introduction of its Lark 150 model, has now unveiled a follow-up called the Lark M1. This new 2.4 GHz wireless lavalier microphone system is said to deliver high-quality, omnidirectional audio for vloggers, livestreamers, YouTubers, and other content creators.
It's affordable and looks like a fancy lighter, but can this "tiny but mighty" microphone system give you the reliable audio you need?
All jokes aside, the Hollyland Lark M1 looks like something out of Cyberpunk 2077, especially with that yellow interior. Upon opening the Airpod-style case, creatives will find a two-person wireless recording system that is very small and lightweight, about a centimeter thick and weighing 0.4 ounces or 11.8 grams. It's easy to use by clipping the mic on your subject and connecting it to your camera or smartphone via the receiver.
However, you'll need an optional TRS to USB-C or Lightning cable depending on which phone you have.
The Hollyland Lark M1 Features:
- Omnidirectional audio.
- Noise cancellation.
- 3-level volume preset, High-Mid-Low.
- Sample rate of up to 48 kHz and 16-bit.
- Up to 8 hours of recording time on a full charge.
- Up to 20 hours of operating time.
- 650 feet (200 meters) line-of-sight range.
- Wireless charging and storage case with a USB-C port (1.5 hours to recharge).
Each microphone has two buttons on it, one for power and the other for either noise cancellation or pairing. The built-in noise cancellation is a nice touch for creators on the go, and from what we've heard, it sounds pretty decent. If you want to listen for yourself, check out this review from Trending Reviews:
Should You Get It?
There are two options, the Hollyland Lark M1 Duo (2 TX and 1 RX, plus charging case) and Solo (1 TX and 1 RX, plus charging case). If you're a content creator in a rush, this new system from Hollyland is a nice alternative without a steep learning curve. However, if you need a few more options to tweak your sound, this probably isn't the system for you.
Frequency 2.4GHz AFH
Transmission Range 40m(back to RX), 200m(LOS)
Mic Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
Dynamic Input Range 86 dB
Range of Audio Ouput Level -40 dBV ~ -28 dBV
Charging Case: 1400mAh（5.18Wh）
Battery Life TX: 8h RX: 8h
Weight TX: 11.8g RX: 17.5g Charging Case: 80g
Currently, the standard kit is priced at only $149.99, so there really is no excuse for bad audio when a nice option like this is so affordable. It does appear to compete with other affordable wireless lavalier microphone systems, like those from RØDE and DJI as we mentioned before.