12 best lapel microphones

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Among a wide variety of microphone form factors, whatever from the technological level and quality, there is a special – lapel microphones. These are the smallest models that were originally conceived for fastening to the buttonhole of the jacket, and thus received its name. Now this form factor is especially relevant in the background explosive development of the video blogging, streaming industry and them like that.

The editors of the magazine give you an overview of the best, according to our specialists, loop microphones in 2019. Experts picked up 12 models, guided by test results and reputation each individual model in the video blogging environment, excluding the most expensive professional solutions.

How to choose a lapel microphone

General principles and criteria for selecting the optimal microphone for key technical specifications are much the same for any form factor, and they are described in detail in our past materials. Here we emphasize only a couple of nuances relating specifically buttonhole.

Directivity

Depending on the tasks performed, the microphone may have different focus. This indicator is mainly taken into account. when choosing “large” studio microphones. However, different lapel patterns can also be directed. And here is their field application tapers significantly.

Due to the fact that the lapel microphone is most often attached to clothes, turns of the head of the interviewer or his interlocutor radically change sound source direction. Omnidirectional microphone such dynamic operating conditions are not critical, but if orientation will be strictly defined, significant inevitable fluctuations in perceived loudness and purity of sound.

Based on the foregoing, for general tasks, experts recommend only omnidirectional models. More specialized solutions it makes sense to buy only very clearly understanding them destination.

Nutrition

The miniature size of the lavalier microphones makes it very difficult providing them with autonomous power. For the most part, “loop” completely passive, but to work the microphone still needs at least insignificant but nutrition.

For the most part, the issue is resolved by consuming a phantom voltage directly from the receiving connector device. However, there are enough devices that do not suggest even phantom currents to the connector. In this case A microphone without its own power will simply not work. This The moment must be taken into account when choosing a specific models.

Of course, this nuance applies only to wired microphones, so how wireless should have its own power supply in any case.

Rating of the best lapel microphones

Nomination a place Name of product price
The best inexpensive lapel microphones 1 SVEN MK-150 81 rub
2 Ulanzi AriMic Lavalier Microphone 900 rub
3 PANASONIC RP-VC201E-S 1 015 rub.
4 BOYA BY-GM10 929 rub
The best wired lapel microphones 1 BOYA BY-M1 1 355 rub.
2 SARAMONIC SR-LMX1 + 2 989 rub.
3 SARAMONIC LavMic with audio mixer 6 490 rub.
4 RODE SMARTLAV + 4 598 rub.
5 SENNHEISER ME 4-N 5 480 rub.
6 RODE LAVALIER 15 020 rub.
Best Wireless Lapel Microphones 1 COMICA CVM-WS50 9 299 rub.
2 Sennheiser EW100 60 790 rub.

The best inexpensive lapel microphones

In the first selection, experts suggest paying attention to the most inexpensive lapel microphones of the most workable, available in the Russian market. This is the best choice for the first steps in video blogging, streaming, independent journalism and related areas.

SVEN MK-150

Rating: 4.6

SVEN MK-150

The first to consider the undisputed market record holder for accessibility prices combined with fairly good performance. it electret microphone of the famous SVEN trademark. Immediately notice that in the lineup there is a newer model – MK-170, but mass The MK-150 deserved popularity. The microphone body is made made of black plastic. Cable length – 1.8 meters.

This and all subsequent models in the review are omnidirectional, connect to the receiver through a standard jack mini jack 3.5mm, phantom currents of the connector are used for operation.

Microphone sensitivity is -58dB. He is capable to perceive sound vibrations with a frequency from 50 to 16000 Hz. Impedance 2.2kOhm. Comparative characteristics of recording quality sound compared to other more or less comparable models show some muffled sound. But considering sparing expectations in this case, this cannot be considered explicit disadvantage.

What really is not in her favor in this model is that sizes. 7mm wide and 9mm long – in absolute terms, it seemed would be a bit, but in comparison with competitive models an accessory characterized by unwanted noticeability on clothing. Problem disappears by itself if you attach the microphone to parts of the interior or to computer monitor. You can fasten with a clip or a regular one-time sticky tape.

Advantages

  • sensitivity;
  • reliability and reliability;
  • super affordable price;
  • Results Outperform Custom expectations.

disadvantages

  • weak clip.

Ulanzi AriMic Lavalier Microphone

Rating: 4.6

Ulanzi AriMic Lavalier Microphone

Now consider a microphone manufactured by a Chinese company, whose name will say little to many, but specifically this the model was unexpectedly successful. She especially liked many YouTube video bloggers. Many travel bloggers, reviewers, streamers found this microphone a good use as in stationary conditions, and in extreme conditions – in tandem with action camera.

Microphone sensitivity is characterized by a range of -30dB to ± 2dB. The working range of perception of sound waves is from 20 to 20 thousand Hertz. Resistance is three times less than that of the previous model – 680ohm Acoustic efficiency (SNR – noise absorption) – more 58dB

The microphone part of the accessory is significantly smaller than in the previous model. The connecting cable is slightly shorter – 1.5 meters. To work, the microphone needs from 1 to 10V phantom power supply.

In general, this model is an omnichannel lapel high-quality microphone with a wide range Applications – for studio recording of interviews or dynamic shooting to a smartphone or action camera.

Separate kind words deserve a complete set. Even herself packaging is very respectable, as for such an inexpensive accessory. Inside, you will find in addition to the microphone itself, a set of spare windshields – foam and “hamster”, connectors-adapters, case, spare clip. Adapters – the most important part of the kit, since it is with their help that the microphone can work both on a computer and on wearable gadgets.

Advantages

  • high-quality sound perception;
  • compatibility with devices thanks to adapters;
  • smooth operation;
  • rich equipment.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

PANASONIC RP-VC201E-S

Rating: 4.5

PANASONIC RP-VC201E-S

Another budget lapel microphone, this time it’s good for everyone familiar brand PANASONIC. It is a dynamic bidirectional microphone, and its bidirectionality is due to the ability record stereo sound is the main feature of the model, which our experts noted it as an important advantage.

Microphone sensitivity is estimated at -48dB. Strip recognition of sound vibrations – from 100 to 20 thousand Hertz. The nominal resistance is 1000 ohms.

The dimensions of the microphone are 32x12x21mm, weight – 14g. The housing is made of silver-gray plastic. Mounting – double-leaf clamp, and fixed without the ability to rotate the microphone unit. This is the only tangible minus – the microphone can be mounted on clothing in only one position in the vertical fold of clothing, so that the cylindrical head is placed horizontally (in upright one channel will sound much quieter). Cable length – 1 meter.

The configuration of this model is already much poorer than that of previous, and here it’s not a drawback of PANASONIC, but only obvious advantage of Ulanzi.

Advantages

  • records in stereo;
  • high-quality sound;
  • low noise level;
  • reliability and continuity.

disadvantages

  • You cannot rotate the microphone on the mount.

BOYA BY-GM10

Rating: 4.5

BOYA BY-GM10

The final point in the selection of the best lapel microphones in In 2019, according to the version, there is a model of the BOYA trademark, which I liked the video blogging community. Of all the described budget solutions this microphone is most adapted to work in paired with action cameras.

Clean key microphone specifications following: condenser principle of operation, sensitivity -38dB s permissible error in 3dB (zero level is calculated as 1V / Pa at 1kHz frequency); perceived frequencies – from 32 to 18 thousand Hertz; signal to noise ratio – 74dB SPL.

The microphone is extremely miniature, so even full-time wind protection many times larger. Connects to a receiving device through a cable 1.5 meters long (there may be modifications to another length) with a standard plug. To connect to GoPro cameras HERO3 +, Hero4 and similar action models need a special adapter, and it is included in the package.

Test results and the experience of numerous users say that the best results of this microphone are achieved It is during dynamic shooting with an action camera. Model specifically designed taking into account the mass of nuances that are not obvious to a layman. Using a microphone to record through other devices is noticeable “sags” in sound quality.

Advantages

  • sound perception and transmission quality;
  • closely adapted for action cameras;
  • low noise level;
  • reliability and durability;
  • equipment.

disadvantages

  • noticeably lower quality on devices other than action cameras.

The best wired lapel microphones

This category in our review includes lapel microphones intermediate and semi-professional level, quite universal for widespread use and at a reasonable price. Presented Models they differ among themselves, in places significantly, but they are united by all the method of connection and, accordingly, transmission – by wire. For most of the tasks of this format are enough, and for quite affordable money, you can buy a decent microphone.

BOYA BY-M1

Rating: 4.9

BOYA BY-M1

Let’s start with the lapel microphone, which due to its cost “asks” in the budget category. However, at one time this model made a real splash in the video blogging environment thanks to a combination of technological level, capabilities and prices. Still The microphone is widely recognized.

It’s not even a microphone in itself, but a whole set of functional parts and accessories that provide the famous universality of the model and its wide applicability in creative professions and more. The system consists of two conditional parts – the microphone itself and the electronic control unit. From a long wire (6 meters) with a standard microphone leads to the unit plug at the end.

The plug is inserted directly into the miniature unit cylindrical shape. On its body there is a mechanical switch to two positions – off / smartphone or camera. The control unit allows you to make a microphone with one easy movement technically compatible with any receiving device. For iPhone, True, you have to buy separately a special “apple” adapter. The control unit has autonomous power – mini battery LR44. Her charge lasts for a long time, many for the entire period microphone service did not have to change it even once.

Key technical indicators of this model: capacitor type converter; omnidirectional; resistance – 1000 Ohms; range recognition of sound vibrations – from 68 to 18000 Hertz; sensitivity – -30 dB; signal level is related to noise at 74dB level.

The switch on the control unit actually produces the only action is connecting or disconnecting the battery, depending on the type of receiver. So if the operation of the microphone is only with smartphones, then he will not need a battery at all. There is a slight gripe users about the lack of a status light switch. Such a trifle makes users confused that annoying.

Among other things, this model also has a good a complete set. The kit includes a 6.3mm adapter, wind protection, six-meter cable, case, battery and clip. Frequent wish users – at least a primitive organizer for such a long cord or tape measure, but such, unfortunately, is not provided.

Advantages

  • universality;
  • high-quality sound;
  • equipment;
  • reliability and durability;
  • long cable;
  • affordable price.

disadvantages

  • there is no power indicator light – a trifle, but annoying.

SARAMONIC SR-LMX1 +

Rating: 4.8

SARAMONIC SR-LMX1 +

Worth your attention is also a simpler specialized the solution is the lapel microphone of the SR-LMX1 + series of a rather famous a brand of this kind of technology – SARAMONIC. This model Optimized for working with a smartphone. Was presented in September 2017 and has since been in steady demand.

This is a dynamic-type omnidirectional microphone sound vibrations in the range from 30 to 18 thousand hertz. It is characterized by a signal to noise ratio of 74 dB. His sensitivity is about -30dB with an error within 3dB (if 0dB = 1V / Pa). Power – up to 120mV, resistance – 22 thousand. Ohm.

The active part of the microphone is made in the form of a miniature full metal capsule. It undergoes a thorough calibration in factory conditions. The device connects to the smartphone via 1.8 meter cable with a standard TRRS 3.5mm plug at the end. The cable is made of elastic but durable material, resistant to tears and breaks due to “fatigue”. In addition to the main cable also comes with a 4 meter extension cable.

The restriction on use with smartphones, of course, conditionally. If necessary, the microphone will work without problems on any other device through a suitable adapter. But even in such a narrow range of applications, this model finds a huge number admirers, among whom are even quite famous video bloggers are travelers.

Advantages

  • high-quality sound;
  • low noise level;
  • long extension cable included;
  • all-metal calibrated head;
  • value for money.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

SARAMONIC LavMic with audio mixer

Rating: 4.7

SARAMONIC LavMic with audio mixer

In addition to the previous model, consider another interesting lapel microphone of the same brand. Its feature is additional features – online mixing capabilities sound through a special module.

The dimensions of the device are 8.3×2.7×3.5cm, the weight in the kit is 107 g. Key technical indicators regarding sound in this models are as follows: the range of perception of fluctuations – from 20 to 20 thousand Hertz; SNR signal-to-noise ratio – 73dB; sensitivity – -30dB.

Now let’s pay attention to additional functionality. Microphone LavMic is a mini-system consisting of, in fact, a microphone and control unit. Its capabilities are much wider than, say, a similar solution in the microphone BOYA BY-M1. Here you can already adjust the level directly on the fly during recording and Switch from stereo to mono and vice versa. To track real-time operational mixing results You can use ordinary headphones – they will need connect via a standard connector to the same control unit. The mixing unit is powered by a conventional battery. AAA form factor.

The microphone has a good additional equipment. In the set there are several separate cables specifically for GoPro, for smartphones and for cameras. Many descriptions on the web emphasize that this microphone works well on Apple gadgets – iPhone, iPad, iPod Here you need to understand that only those models are meant which have a standard 3.5mm jack. On the same iPhone coming generations it will already be necessary to buy separately a special adapter on Lightning.

Advantages

  • high-quality sound;
  • reliability and continuity;
  • universality;
  • additional functionality for mixing and monitoring;
  • powered by AAA battery.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

RODE SMARTLAV +

Rating: 4.6

RODE SMARTLAV +

Continues the ranking of the best lapel microphones in 2019 by version of an interesting model of the prominent Australian brand RODE. This microphone almost brings us close to professional technique.

This is a condenser omnidirectional microphone. Device dimensions – 12×4.5×4.5mm, weight – only 6g. Connects to the host via cable with a standard 3.5mm plug mini-jack.

The main technical indicators of the microphone in terms of sound: the range of perceived fluctuations is from 20 to 20 thousand Hertz; sensitivity – -35dB; limit value of sound pressure – 110dB SPL; suppression of own noise – 27dBA.

The microphone is included in the package of delivery, a foam cap wind protection, clip for fastening, pouch bag.

The model was designed to maximize voice recording quality. Engineers completely coped with the task. Independent testing and feedback on daily work from users talk about effective noise reduction and clear voice recognition against the background of the sounds of the city, nature, public spaces both in the open air and indoors. Wherein using voice interviews and monologues, the scope of SMARTLAV +, Of course, not limited.

Warranty from the manufacturer for this model – 12 months.

Advantages

  • quality of materials;
  • almost professional level;
  • high-quality sound, especially voice recording;
  • equipment.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

SENNHEISER ME 4-N

Rating: 4.6

SENNHEISER ME 4-N

Finally, pay attention to the lapel microphone with a different directivity than almost all of the above. Implemented here unidirectional approach with a cardiac chart. This is exactly the one case when buying such a microphone you need to be clearly aware for what goals will he serve and will he be able to cope with his goals tasks.

The idea of ​​ME 4-N was to create a lapel microphone that could qualitatively recognize speech in conditions of expressive background noise. It was for this that it was decided to do it unidirectional and namely with a cardioid diagram, plus feedback control and suppression capabilities.

The device itself is extremely miniature – only 12.5mm long, weighs almost nothing, attaches to familiar clothing clothespin-clip, connects to the receiving device through 1.6 meter cable. Connector – standard mini-Jack TRS for 3.5mm jacks. The quality of the materials is respected and quite noticeable even on such small parts of the accessory.

Sound Specifications: Range recognizable frequencies – from 50 to 18 thousand Hertz; sensitivity in alternative calculation – 40 mV / Pa; maximum sound pressure – 120dB; equivalent noise – 31dB.

This model finds very frequent application in systems wireless transmissions such as Sennheiser Wireless SK. The general scope of its application is much wider.

Advantages

  • quality of materials;
  • high-quality voice recognition in conditions noisiness;
  • feedback suppression;
  • reliability and continuity;
  • ease of use.

disadvantages

  • systematic complaints of users are not revealed.

RODE LAVALIER

Rating: 4.6

RODE LAVALIER

Completes this large selection of the best lapel microphones in 2019, according to the version, is another model of the RODE trademark. And it is already truly professional microphone without any conventions. It is expected that it is much more expensive than any of the above.

The company developed this condenser microphone as universal solution for the maximum range of tasks. LAVALIERdesigned to deal with dynamic reporting in noise, studio recordings, conferences, and even performances before thousands of stadiums. Such a high resource and margin of safety in every sense of this model.

The microphone itself is extremely miniature – only 12 mm in height. Connects via a MicroDot cable with standard plug. The configuration of this model deserves a separate mentions. Foam and fur nozzles included wind protection, adapter, additional cable and additional accessories depending on the batch. All this is packed in durable waterproof case with a transparent cover.

Key Microphone Features: Recognized Range frequencies of sound vibrations – from 60 to 18 thousand Hertz; sensitivity – -33.5dB; impedance – 3 thousand ohms; signal to noise ratio – 69dB; dynamic range – 85dB.

An important feature of this model, if we consider the entire kit – implementation of the MiCon connector system, through which it is possible to with minimal effort and expense, replace the connector with another one, depending on the host system. So the microphone can be made compatible with Sennheiser, AKG, AudioTechnica and by others.

The official manufacturer’s warranty is 12 months.

Advantages

  • professional level;
  • universality of application, including for serious loads
  • quality of materials;
  • recording quality;
  • rich equipment;
  • Exceptional compatibility with other systems (MiCon).

disadvantages

  • high price.

Best Wireless Lapel Microphones

The final topic in the review of the best lapel microphones in 2019 According to the version for wireless models. This type devices have a very obvious scope – from the usual maintaining a personal video blog to equip leading programs classic television channels. Here we look at two a set of lavalier microphones with the accompanying necessary equipment. Such kits are already frankly expensive for the most part parts, and the task of our experts was to find in the market not only optimal solutions in quality, but also in price.

COMICA CVM-WS50

Rating: 4.9

COMICA CVM-WS50

First, consider the lapel microphone system of the brand COMICA. This lapel system has worked well in the vast majority of active users leaving comments and reviews.

So, the system is interacting with each other Separate modules – transmitter and receiver. Each of them is equipped antenna and LCD screen, which displays the current modes and other useful information – battery charge, signal strength, status audio.

CVM-WS50 operates on six channels within the operating range from 520 to 526 MHz. In open areas high-quality radio transmission reaches 60 meters, indoors – up to 40 meters.

Own lithium-ion battery provides module operation communication up to 4 hours without a break. You can charge via the Micro connector USB

The microphone itself is included in the package of delivery; cables universal aluminum mount for smartphones with a screen of 6 inches; lever for attaching to a tripod with 1/4 “hole; foam and fur wind protection caps. Alternatively, different handles can be attached to the handle. accessories. To use a connected microphone directly to the new iPhone, you need an adapter for Lightning, which you have to buy separately.

Advantages

  • professional level;
  • exceptional quality of materials and assembly;
  • recording quality;
  • range of action;
  • autonomy;
  • equipment.

disadvantages

  • expressed minuses were not found.

Sennheiser EW100

Rating: 4.8

Sennheiser EW100

And completes the review of the best lapel microphones in 2019 by product version well-known in professional trading circles Sennheiser brands. This is not just a professional model, but high class equipment. The price, of course, is “barrage”, but about the existence of such lavalier microphones should at least be known for fullness of horizons. Due to the specifics, this model is also sold far. not in every store even on the Internet.

The EW100 is also an integrated radio system similar to the one described. higher. The kit includes transmitting and receiving modules, itself a microphone, and another separate digital unit – an on-camera receiver. Powerful 4th Generation SKP100 Transmitter Can Turn Any dynamic wired microphone in a wireless. The system works in frequency range from 470 to 1800 MHz.

Key characteristics regarding sound: perceived sound frequency range – from 25 to 18 thousand Hertz; signal ratio to noise – 110dB (A); suppression of adjacent channels – up to 65dB; blocking – 79dB; the number of receiving frequencies – 1680, preset – 12; pass band – 42 MHz.

All functional modules of the system are powered by ordinary batteries. AAA form factor. In total, for the operation of all battery modules you need six pieces.

This system is designed and optimized specifically for use in dynamic conditions of “field” journalism. Work modules reliable and unpretentious both in operation and in storage. Threshold entries for mastering the system are also low – enough devices Easy to connect, configure and use.

Advantages

  • professional level;
  • exceptional quality of materials and assembly;
  • high quality voice recording in different acoustic conditions;
  • equipment;
  • AAA batteries for power;
  • two year warranty.

disadvantages

  • exorbitant price.


Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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