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Old May 22nd, 2016, 02:17 PM   #1
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Cheap wireless audio & lav mic?

My wife has been asked to film a chef doing some cookery lessons. We have moved house & the old Sennheiser G3 gear seems to have been lost on the move. Does anyone have any recommendations for some cheap wireless units? I can't justify the cost of new Sennheiser gear but recording pieces to camera is more straightforward with a lav mic recording direct into the camera (she will be using an AX100). I seem to recall that someone (Roger?) said they've had bought some very cheap wireless gear from eBay that was surprisingly good quality.
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Old May 22nd, 2016, 05:28 PM   #2
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Re: Cheap wireless audio & lav mic?

It was Roger who posted & it was the Boya BY-WM5 which cost him about 50 per set. Just bought a cheap radio lav. Does anyone else have any experience? There are several models
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Old May 22nd, 2016, 06:36 PM   #3
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I can't justify the cost of new Sennheiser gear but recording pieces to camera is more straightforward with a lav mic recording direct into the camera...
Wireless is a last resort. I routinely film my cooking instructors using a 5m XLR cable to their lavs. Works like a charm, and much better sounding, more reliable, and way cheaper than wireless.

That said, when I have to go wireless I don't use anything any cheaper that the Sennheiser G3s. That's the baseline for reliability. Less reliability = more takes, and no one is happy about more takes.
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Old May 22nd, 2016, 06:53 PM   #4
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Hi Nigel

Yep that's Roger and he has two of the Boya WM-5 sets and says they work very well. I've seen a boundary mic on the counter top in cooking shows too as the chef is usually right there but it does also give louder than usual audio when they are chopping stuff. Quite a few USA shows seem to use them.

Wireless with a neatly hidden lav would still be my choice though!!
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Old May 23rd, 2016, 01:11 AM   #5
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I've just ordered a BOYA BY-WM5 from Amazon. At 69.85 they are a fraction of the price of the Sennheiser G3 kit so must be worth a look & if it doesn't suit then I can send it back for a refund.

Unfortunately my trusty little Yamaha C-24 audio recorders got lost in the move too so I am in the market for a new recorder but again I am looking for cheap & cheerful. Are there any recommendations? I did have a Sony dictaphone that worked surprisingly well fir had price & had much more ergonomic controls than a Zoom or the C-24. Finally any recommendations for good cheap lav mic?
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Old May 23rd, 2016, 01:30 AM   #6
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I see that Rode now do wireless gear. Their RodeLink product is less than half the price of the Sennheiser gear & includes the excellent Rode lavalier. This looks like a good alternative to the G3 at a much more affordable price. I'll see how the Boya performs but if it's not good enough then I'll try the Rode.
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Old May 23rd, 2016, 05:37 AM   #7
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The Audio Technica is also a nice unit too and around the same price ..called the System 10 and worth looking into ... Let us know your professional comments about Boya ... Roger didn't seem to have any issues on the technical side and they have a neat talk back function too!!!
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Old May 23rd, 2016, 10:37 AM   #8
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Both the Boya & The Rode use 2.4GHz channel hopping which is totally different to the UHF of the Sennheiser. From all accounts interference is not a problem at all & in a head to head review the Rode came out way ahead of the Sennheiser. I'll see how the Boya sounds before I go for the Rode though. The Boya was just 50.99 from Amazon & arrives tomorrow.

The audio recorder that I have just ordered is the Sony ICD-PX333 which is the one that I previously owned. The quality is acceptable & it's very very easy to use with nice big buttons. I've also ordered an Ultradisk 4016 nav mic as I also had several of these previously & they are great quality for the price.
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Here's the Rowa dual .
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Old May 23rd, 2016, 12:06 PM   #10
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Here is a review of the Boya BY-WM5 He gives it a reasonable test & it looks & sounds good. In th interests of transparency I should state that I found another review where the guy just said it was crap without any very methodical testing but complained of dropouts & that it didn't work when he plugged in the nav mic from the RodeLink

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Old May 23rd, 2016, 12:44 PM   #11
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I got this Audio Technica wired mic with like a 20' cable for about $40 from B&H a couple years ago. Excellent mic (for the $40) and no interference worries!

I use it for promos and such where I'm dealing with talking heads (like shop owners who aren't good on camera) doing minimal movement and I don't want to risk having interference... because do-overs get to be a pain.
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The Boya was just 50.99 from Amazon & arrives tomorrow.
Appreciate the heads up - that's 20 down from the normal price it's been for months - just ordered mine, it arrives tomorrow!
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Appreciate the heads up - that's 20 down from the normal price it's been for months - just ordered mine, it arrives tomorrow!
Glad to help. Here's the link for anyone else in the UK (or Europe as they will ship to the continent for about 6) https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Interesting.....that link is back up to 69 today.
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Interesting.....that link is back up to 69 today.
69.95! Apparently Amazon prices can fluctuate wildly. There is obviously some clever algorithm that tweaks the prices to maximise sales/profit. There are several websites that will track prices for you so that you can buy when the price is low. According to this one 50.99 is the cheapest price for the Boya BY-WM5 in the last couple of months & the highest has been 69.95
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