A few weeks ago, we got an interesting accessory for our video shooting, the HollyLand Lark 150 wireless microphone system. Well, to be honest, we weren’t really fond of using wireless microphones since most of them were practically unreliable. You guys may have heard of the famous portable Rode wireless GO, which is one of the best professional choices for vloggers and studios. However, it was just too expensive for us. So wireless microphones were not exactly on our wish list until we saw the HollyLand Lark 150 — one of the smallest and lightest wireless microphone systems in the market. Unlike the Rode wireless GO that features a single transmitter, the Lark 150 has two wireless transmitters to construct dual-channel audio. Therefore, users can have three audio output modes, including a standard mono track, a stereo track, and another creative safety track
HOLLYLAND Lark 150 Wireless Microphone System Review: Design
Let’s look at its design first. Well, now we know the reason why it is considered a system. In addition to the two transmitters and a receiver, the charging case (that btw has a good build quality) has a smart design for storage and protection.
The versatile combo is comprised of two transmitters and one receiver, and additionally, the standard packing includes two lavalier microphones for a better fit in different uses. You also get a TRS cable, a 3.5mm user-friendly windshield, and a storage bag that works as the most ideal microphone system for vlogging, YouTubing, interviews, on-stage talk shows, live streaming, and other types of content creation.
Coming back to the compact charging case, the case makes sure that users have a convenient experience while traveling. And more importantly, it can provide easy charging for longer battery life similar to an earbuds’ charging case. All the modules are super compact and well-arranged inside the case. And all the modules are held firmly with its magnetic suction.
In addition to the basic module, it even reserves a slot for storing the cables you need. In full-charged states, the transmitters can last for about 4 hours, while the receiver can last for over 7 hours. And if you want more power, the charging case can charge them anytime and anywhere, which is definitely an amazing feature for those who do a lot of filming outdoors.
The operation of the transmitters and the receiver is pretty easy. On each transmitter, there is one power button to mute and activate the channel and a 3.5mm TRS audio input. On the receiver, there are two volume knobs on both sides of the screen to adjust the volume of the dual-channel mode. Long press the left one to switch the recording mode, and click once to mute the left channel. Long press the right one to switch the channel to the stereo mode and click once to mute the right one. There are two 3.5mm audio ports, one is a headphone monitoring port and another one is for audio output.
HOLLYLAND Lark 150 Wireless Microphone System: Sound Quality
Now let’s check out its sound quality. Well, we are going to show how the three audio output modes work, and then we will subject it to multiple scenarios with different background noises. This will show us how HollyLand’s intelligent noise cancellation works in real-time.
Make sure to check our video review to hear the audio test samples.
The first mode is the standard Mono mode, which is the most basic mode that’ll be used by most users.
The second mode is the stereo mode, which is the most anticipated feature among the three. Thanks to the dual transmitters, we can use them to construct a dual-channel audio input to represent the stereo sound.
The last mode is the safety mode, which is designed to handle microphone popping issues. The Left Channel is Mixed Audio from Both transmitters while the Right Channel is the Same Mixed Audio with 6dB down.
We also brought another popular audio recorder for reference namely the Zoom H1. We tested the two in several scenarios and analyzed how the wireless Lark 150 performs in the audio quality comparison.
During the entire testing process, the LARK 150 worked very well, and more importantly, it was really easy to operate. Basically, we didn’t have to worry about sound. The paring process was always smooth and seamless when we picked them up from the charging case. Although the transmitters were wirelessly connected, the latency was not perceivable at all. HollyLand claims that there is less than 5ms latency and 100m stable wireless audio transmission. And in our actual use, it was able to work stably even at a really far distance which was far enough for our actual shooting needs. And unlike the other two rivals we picked, as a wireless microphone system, the Lark 150 supports dual-channel audio recording, which is the ideal choice for dual-host vlogging, interviews, and so on. And remember, it’s cable-free!!
But at the same time, we also realize that although it can record a clear voice under most situations, the best feature of the LARK 150 is its portability and ease of use rather than its sound quality. If you need a recording device that is extremely professional for audio processing, this is probably not the best choice. However, having the Lark 150 as a backup for special conditions is still recommended. And if you are an individual or working in a small studio, no doubt it can save you a lot of trouble while shooting your video recordings.