Kit Review: Rode Wireless Go

The Rode Wireless Go is a small wireless microphone system, perfect for small scale projects on a budget.


Price

Approximately £170 ex. VAT.


What the Manufacturer Says:

Wireless GO is an ultra-compact digital wireless microphone system which is unique in its clip’n’go versatility, incredibly compact form-factor, and unmatched price accessibility. It’s the perfect wireless mic solution for content creators in all disciplines: filmmakers, on-camera presenters, newsgatherers, vloggers and more.



Benefits

  • Seriously easily to set up - it is literally the case of turning on both the transmitter and the receiver and plugging into your camera. The unites 'pair' automatically and you are ready to start recording on your camera.

  • Gain Adjustment - The receiver has a simple gain adjuster, allowing you to manually avoid any clipping in the recording process.

  • Travel Friendly - The whole system is tiny and weighs nearly nothing. You can pretty much take it anywhere in the side of a bag or even in your pocket.

  • Fast Charging - the units charge like any other battery device and are quick to reach full.

  • Display - the display on the receiver unit is invaluble in monitoring things like battery life and volume.


Drawbacks

  • Lapel Microphone sold separately - The Rode GO has a in-built microphone, but if you're looking to do professional interview recordings you'll need to buy the lapel microphone separately (which plugs into the transmitter using audio port - like your phone). This is a little more cost; the RODE LAVALIER GO lapel microphone is around £60.

  • No XLR ports - this system is particularly good for camcorders or camera which use the standard 3.5 audio jack. If you're using a more professional sound system with XLR ports or equivalent, you will need to buy an adapter.


Alternatives

The most obvious alternative to the Rode GO is the SENNHEISER XSW-D PORTABLE ENG SET. It is more expensive at around £300. Here's quite a good comparison video from CVP.




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