The Chinese manufacturer Hollyland has just launched a slimmed-down version of its clip-on wireless microphone system Lark 150 especially for vloggers. While the original Lark 150 Duo Kit consisted of two microphone transmitters and a receiver, the Solo Kit now only includes a transmitter and a matching receiver.
Hollyland Lark 150 Solo Kit
The Hollyland Lark 150 system uses omnidirectional microphones whose specially developed anti-vibration sound chamber design is designed to minimize noise from movement. According to Hollyland, the Lark 150&s microphone transmitter is currently the world&s smallest and lightest in its class, measuring just 24 mm³ and 21 grams.
The microphone features a wide frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz and was designed with a high signal-to-noise ratio specifically for filming on the go. The integrated DSP (Digital Signal Processor) is said to provide intelligent noise reduction. An external microphone can also be connected to the transmitter via the 3.5 mm mini-jack input (TRS).
The receiver features an HD OLED display and shows contextual information such as the device&s current setup and audio gain level, allowing for real-time audio monitoring and adjustment (thanks to the headphone output). Both transmitter and receiver have a mute function.
Hollyland Lark 150 Solo Kit
The Lark 150 system offers a wireless audio transmission range of up to 100 meters and recording latency of less than 5 milliseconds. Hollyland promises high transmission stability, which is said to prevent signal drops up to a distance of 20 meters even if the person with the microphone transmitter turns away, for example, partially blocking the direct line of sight. The best available radio channel is automatically selected when the device is switched on, while an 8 kHz frequency hopping spectrum (FHSS) avoids interference during operation.
Hollyland Lark 150 Solo Kit with Case
Prices and comparison with competitors RØDE Wireless Go II and Mirfak Audio WE10 Pro.
The Hollyland LARK 150 Solo kit consists of a transmitter and receiver, a lapel microphone, a TRS cable, a 3.5mm windscreen, a USB Type-C to -A adapter cable, and a portable storage case that serves as a mobile battery charging station for the transmitter and receiver. The transmitter and receiver offer up to 4.5 and 7.5 hours of battery life, respectively, while the portable storage case can charge all items up to 2.5 times. The case itself charges via USB-C.
The Hollyland Lark 150 Solo kit costs 167 euros, while the Lark 150 system with two transmitters is currently available for 235 euros. If you decide to go with the LARK 150 Solo kit but later discover that two wireless microphones would be better in some situations after all, you can retrofit a single LARK 150 transmitter at a cost of 75 euros.
The Hollyland Lark 150 competes with the RØDE Wireless Go II for 329 euros and the Mirfak Audio WE10 Pro for . Unlike the two, however, the Hollyland system does not have the ability to record the captured audio into the transmitters as well.
RØDE Wireless Go II
In addition, the RØDE Wireless Go II can also output the audio signal digitally via the receiver&s USB-C port - it is then automatically recognized and integrated by current computers as well as Android and iOS devices. The Lark 150, on the other hand, only has an analog 3.5 mm audio output.