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The RØDE Lavalier is a discreet lapel microphone that provides broadcast-quality audio when close-miked in almost any scenario.
The Lavalier's low self-noise, user friendly omni-directional polar pattern and minimal appearance make it an ideal solution for film, television, video, theatre, house of worship and anywhere where a high quality microphone needs to be heard but not seen.
The microphone capsule is connected via a 1.2m (4') shielded, detachable Kevlar® reinforced cable that has been rigorously strain tested up to 10kg to ensure reliable performance.
The included mini-furry for high wind protection ensures quality recordings in adverse environments, and the included cable management clips ensure that you are able to minimise the microphone and cable visibility, while providing maximum mobility for the wearer.
The supplied anti-trauma water resistant case provides rugged and secure protection for the microphone, cable, clips and included accessories.
Knowing that versatility is paramount in any product, RØDE has developed the MiCon™ connector system which provides seamless integration between the Lavalier and a wide range of wireless systems as well as consoles, cameras and portable recorders.
The RØDE Lavalier lapel microphone is designed and made in Australia and is covered by RØDE Microphones' innovative 5 year 'no questions asked' warranty which provides 12 months of complete cover, and an optional US$99 replacement microphone during the extended warranty period.
|Acoustic Principle||Pressure Gradient|
|Active Electronics||JFET impedance converter|
|Frequency Range||60Hz - 18kHz|
|Maximum SPL||110dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)|
|Maximum Output Level||189.0mV (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)|
|Sensitivity||-33.5dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (21.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz|
|Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)||25dB-A|
|Dimensions||12.00mmH x 4.50mmW x 4.50mmD|
|Warranty||1 year with free extension to 5 years following registration here|
The new RØDE Lavalier has a full bodied low end and a natural high end response. This means you can do a better match with a boom mic in post. The sound produced is lovely, and matches my other quality lavs well. While testing, myself and another sound recordist were hard put to hear any difference with my standard units retailing at twice the price of the RØDE!
I also love the ability to interchange the capsule/lead/ adaptor with the MiCon system. That means greater flexibility.
So, how does the RØDE lavalier compare to some of the tried and true lavs on the market? You would really need "golden ears" to hear the nuances. We've had professionals in blind tests pick the RØDE lav against mics costing much more.
The first thing I noticed was the lightness and thinness of this mic. Despite being so small, the Kevlar material is very, very strong. The included waterproof case is a bonus! With everything I record, the ability to use short and long extension cables is crucial.
When we record a small car (in motion) at 12 feet plus in length or a large battle tank (in motion) at over 32 feet long , we can place the lavaliers from the engine and exhaust areas to where I sit inside the vehicle using multiple RØDE extension cables. Unlike standard thick XLR cables, I can run these thin RØDE extensions without having to use so much gaffers tape to secure them on fast moving vehicles. The small screw-on couplers to secure cables together works quite well so the idea of lightness and thinness is still maintained.
Yes, many manufacturers of portable recording devices only state that their microphone inputs have plug-in power and do not give any more technical information. The RØDE Lavalier, Headset and Pinmic are compatible with this type of connection. Our microphones require at least 1V of power. Standard 'plug-in power' will be able to supply this.