Soundquality Test of 3 cheap wireless lavalier microphones

In this video, I want to test the sound quality of three cheap wireless lavalier microphones in a budget of $350. I will compare them to a cabled RODE SmartLav+ and the legendary Zoom H1 built-in microphone.

You will hear my voice recorded through a RODE Filmmaker Kit, a Comica CVM-WS50, and a BOYA BY-WM6 wireless lavalier microphone. Each of them are recorded by the Zoom H1 recorder, adjusted by a manually set audio level to have the most best quality for each microphone.

RODE Filmmaker Kit: https://amzn.to/2zrAfk1
Comica CVM-WS50: https://amzn.to/2AKyZuc
Zoom H1 recorder: https://amzn.to/2D1irzx

First, I want to use the best cheap wireless lavalier microphone, I guess, the RODE Filmmaker Kit to have the best comparison how good its sound quality is, I will start with the cabled version of the RODE SmartLav+.

Cabled RODE SmartLav+ lavalier microphone

The RODE SmartLav+ is one of the best cabled lavalier microphone by a smaller budget. How well is the RODE Filmmaker Kit be able to beat this sound?

RODE Filmmaker Kit, best wireless lavalier microphone in budget

My voice sounds very clearly and without any distort. The audio quality is very similar to the cabled version, the RODE SmartLav+. This microphone sounds very well in small rooms without any issues. If you are searching for a very good wireless microphone, the RODE Filmmaker Kit is yours.

RODE Filmmaker Kit Audio Quality over Distance

I have tested the RODE Filmmaker Kit inside a building within 20 meters without any limitation in audio quality and without any dropouts.

Comica CVM-WS50, very cheap and useable wireless lavalier microphone

My voice sounds clearly but clips sometimes in deep frequencies. In small rooms, this microphone sounds like I am speaking in a tube, don’t it?

Comica CVM-WS50 has Audio Dropouts in a distance over 10m

I’ve tested the Comica CVM-WS50 inside a building within 10 meters without any limitation in audio quality. If the distance is moved farther away, audio dropouts are possible. Additionally, the audio became more robotic with any additional meter in distance.

Comica CVM-WS50 uses aswell a UHF 520 bis 526 MHz frequency range. In Germany this is not allowed to use by amateurs. The Frequency Band is only for professional Broadcast and have to be licenced.

BOYA BY-WM6, no recommendation to use this one

This is the most cheap wireless lavalier microphone in this test. It’s only about $160. As I’m very impressed by the sound of the BOYA BY-M1, I had to learn that the BOYA BY-WM6 is not as good as the cabled guy.

The BOYA BY-WM6 is the only wireless lavalier microphone in this triad, which is using an analog UHF frequency. If you move away out of the range, the audio does not drop out, but you will hear some hiss instead.

WiFi is one of the most big enemies for digital wireless lavalier microphones because they are using the same frequency. BOYA does not. BOYA is using an analog UHF frequency television used in former times, so today, you will have no disturbing devices anyway because analog television isn’t anymore.

Important correction

Comica CVM-WS50 uses aswell a UHF 520 bis 526 MHz frequency range. In Germany this is not allowed to use by amateurs. The Frequency Band is only for professional Broadcast and have to be licenced.

Conclusion

So, what is my conclusion? If possible, use a cabled microphone.
If you need some more free space or a longer range, use the RODE Filmmaker Kit. It sounds more perfectly complete without any issues or distort. If you are using the RODE SmartLav+ before, you will have absolutely no difference at all.

If you are searching for a wireless lavalier microphone on a budget, then the Comica CVM-WS50 is yours. It is half as cheap as the RODE Filmmaker Kit and has still a very good sound.

Both the RODE Filmmaker Kit and the Comica CVM-WS50 are compatible with smartphones, most DSLR cameras, and any camera with an external microphone jack. The BOYA BY-WM6 is not. You can’t use it with a smartphone without some expensive hacks. I have bought two different adapters but still failed to connect the BOYA BY-WM6 to my iPhone 7+ using a Lightning port only. So, if you’re asking me, I will not buy the BOYA BY-WM6 wireless lavalier microphone again.

Autor: Viktor Dite

Veröffentlicht am: 04.11.2018

Letztes Update: 05.11.2018

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