In addition to the new MKE 400 directional microphone, Sennheiser has also introduced the XS Lav wired clip-on microphone. It is specially designed for (mobile) recording via smartphone or computer for vloggers and podcasters - but can of course also be used for classic voice-over recordings and interviews.
Smartphone recordings in particular often suffer from below-average sound quality due to the use of the integrated microphone, as these mics are housed in the case and capture ambient noise in addition to the voice.
Sennheiser lapel microphone XS Lav
In addition, consistent volume and sound quality can only be guaranteed if the sound source is always recorded at the same distance from the device. An external microphone eliminates these shortcomings, as it can be placed closer to the sound source, allowing the voice to be picked up with greater emphasis than distracting ambient noise.
The Sennheiser XS Lav is an omnidirectional clip-on microphone on a 2-meter cable that can be discreetly attached to clothing and comes in three different versions: the XS Lav Mobile with TRRS connector, XS Lav USB-C with USB-C connector and XS Lav USB-C Mobile Kit.
The XS Lav is powered by the smartphone or computer to which it is connected and is automatically recognized by the respective device as a new primary microphone and used instead of the respective internal one. Using a standard USB-C to USB-A adapter, the XS Lav (USB-C) can also be used with older smartphone models.
Sennheiser XS Lav in three versions.
All XS Lav microphones include a microphone clip, removable foam windscreen and drawstring storage bag as standard. The XS Lav USB-C Mobile Kit also includes a Sennheiser aluminum smartphone clip and a Manfrotto PIXI mini tripod.
The XS Lav Mobile (with TRRS connector) costs around 50 euros, the XS Lav USB-C around 60 euros and the XS Lav USB-C Mobile Kit and 100 euros.