Hollyland is known to our readers as a manufacturer of wireless transmission systems, video, or as they may be called, video sender. The products of the Hollyland have proven themselves well both for amateur or low-budget filming and for serious professional work with a video signal. We were certainly interested in the news that the company has released a new wireless microphone system – Hollyland Lark 150 with two transmitters, a case for carrying and charging, a range of 100 m and a delay of 5 ms.
The Hollyland Lark 150 system microphone operates in the 2.4 GHz AFH frequency band and is equipped with intelligent frequency selection, so it provides stable audio transmission over a distance of 100 m with line-of-sight. The system is equipped with a DSP processor that automatically combats noise, providing a clean signal with a latency of only 5ms.
At the output, the wireless microphone system offers the operator three options to choose from: mono track, stereo track, and safe track. In the first case, we have a mix from two transmitters, in the second – both signals along the tracks, which allows editing independently, the third option means that the same sound is recorded on both channels, but one receives it from 0 dB, and the other from -6 dB, which will largely protect against possible overload. The input signal level is -65 dBV and the maximum SPL is 100 dB SPL.
The Hollyland Lark 150 kit consists of one receiver and two transmitters; the kit also features a case, which is not only a carrying case but also serves as a charging station, which is mega-convenient in practice. This case uses a USB-C interface for charging, which is quite in the spirit of the times and also extremely convenient. The battery life of the transmitters is 4.5 hours, while the receiver can continuously work up to 7.5 hours. If devices have lost their charge, the case will return them to work in 2.5 hours. Moreover, the case will be able to do this 2 times, since it is a kind of power bank. Great feature! The company says it takes less than 3 seconds to pair all three devices.
The transmitters do not have external antennas in their design, are extremely compact, and somewhat resemble those of the Rode Wireless Go. Each weighs just 21 g and is smaller than a box of matches (37 x 37 x 17.5 mm). On the body of the transmitters, there is an on/off button combined with a mute function.
The transmitters are equipped with built-in omnidirectional wireless microphones, there are two LED status indicators and a 3.5 mm TRS input jack, so you can connect an external lavalier if for some reason you want to have a lavalier in the frame, which, you see, is more familiar and prettier. By the way, buttonholes are included, but the transmitter can also work from the built-in microphone, and it is attached to clothes using a clip.
The receiver has an interesting design in the form of a car stereo recorder of the early 1990s while being very compact (67 x 41 x 20.5 mm), weighing 51 g, and equipped with a bracket for mounting on a cold shoe. Recall that a cold shoe interface is like a hot shoe, but without data pins. On the front of the cabinet are two stylish muted amp knobs – one for each channel. There is also a screen for controlling the sound level, monitoring service information, and battery level. On the sides are two outputs with a 3.5 mm mini-jack interface – one for headphones, and the other connects to the input of the camera, to a mixing console or recorder.
Hollyland Lark 150 price and availability
The price of the kit is $329, can be pre-ordered through the Bhphotovideo.com and Amazon.com websites. The kit includes two transmitters, one receiver, and a charging case, includes two lavalier microphones, 2 dedcats, one 3.5 mm TRS cable, and a USB-A to USB-C cable. By the way, the bundle lacks a TRS – XLR cable for connecting to a mixer; this cable will have to be purchased separately.