Hollyland Lark M2 || First Impressions of the Mini Wireless Lavalier Microphone

by kaya@comfygirlwithcurls.com

I bought the Hollyland Lark M2 (affiliate link) after thinking about buying a wireless lapel microphone for months. It’s the most inconspicuous and smallest mini wireless lavalier microphone I have ever seen, and I’m excited to share my thoughts in this initial review!

Watch the below video for the whole story of how I came to buy this mic, or skip ahead to 7:42 for audio tests.

Highlights are below!

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Choosing a Wireless Lapel Mic

As content creators, we are often bombarded with product recommendations right, left and centre. Which if you’re like me, can lead to a feeling that you need to be constantly spending on new gear or GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome).

And one piece of equipment I’ve been fixated on for a while, is a wireless lavalier microphone–specifically a small, relatively inconspicuous one.

My desire for a wireless mic stems from seeing so many creators using them, which made it seem like an essential tool for improving my content quality and allowing more flexibility in filming–the ability to film anywhere without being tethered to the camera was particularly appealing.

This sent me down a whole other rabbit hole of research, because it’s important to understand what you as an individual creator are looking for in a mic.

What do you prioritize in a wireless mic?

  • The size
  • Quality of sound
  • Cost
  • Usability on a mobile device, DSLR or Mirrorless camera, or a combo of both
  • How inconspicuous they are
  • The maximum range between the transmitter and receiver
  • Ability to have both Mono and Stereo tracks
  • Internal recording option
  • Input for a lav mic

There are a lot of different mic options out there, with the most popular being DJI and and Rode options.

But for me, I was prioritizing size, quality, cost, and how inconspicuous it was. I didn’t want large branding calling attention to itself in my videos.

And so after extensive research, my attention was drawn to the Hollyland Lark M2, specifically the combo version as I wanted to use it with every device possible to maximize what I would be getting out of it.

Close up of Lark m2 Camera version in the charging case

Hollyland Lark M2 Specs

The Hollyland Lark M2 is a compact and versatile mini wireless microphone system designed for content creators. The lavalier mic set comes in four different versions: a camera version, two mobile versions (one with a Lightning connector and one with USB-C), and a combo version that includes all three. All versions contain two transmitters and the receivers.

Some stand out details that helped me make my decision:

  • Incredible battery life: Transmitters can function for up to 10 hours each, and the case can be charged fully twice. With the charging case, the camera version has a battery life of 40 hours.

  • Affordability: The cost of the Hollyland Lark M2 came in at $179 USD, comparable with the Rode Go II at $299, or the DJI 2 at $349.

  • Compact Design: The Lark M2 is incredibly small and lightweight, making it discreet when worn.

  • Versatile Mounting Options: It offers multiple ways to wear the mic, including a magnetic clip, a standard clip, and a necklace option.

  • Hi-Fi Audio Quality: Reviews consistently praise the Lark M2 for its crisp audio quality, often outperforming more expensive alternatives–features a 48kHz/24-bit audio format.

  • Mobile App Integration: For the mobile version, an app allows users to adjust gain and noise-canceling sensitivity, and even control recording with a simple tap.

  • Accessory Kit: The package includes useful accessories like wind muffs and stickers to cover the branding.

Initial Review of the Hollyland Lark M2

Unboxing and setting up the Lark M2 was an exciting experience.

First impression was that I LOVED its compact size and how inconspicuous it is when worn. Truly the smallest mini wireless lavalier microphone I’ve ever seen.

The various mounting options provided flexibility depending on the situation. During initial tests, the audio quality was impressive, even when compared to higher-end models like DJI and Rode.

However, the Lark M2 is not without its drawbacks. One significant downside is the lack of internal recording, which could be a concern for podcasters or those who need a backup in case of connectivity issues.

Additionally, the inability to connect an external lavalier mic was initially disappointing, but the mic’s small size mitigated this concern.

Outdoor tests showed that the Lark M2 performed well, even in windy conditions with the wind muff attached. The noise-canceling feature, while not perfect, was functional, though I typically prefer handling noise reduction in post-production

Final Thoughts 4 Months LAter

I am proud to say that 4 months after filming my unboxing, I am in fact OBSESSED with the Hollyland Lark M2.

This mini wireless mic has proven to be a valuable addition to my gear. I use it every single time I need to film, I use it for video calls and podcast interviews… and have only had to fully charge it twice.

Its combination of quality, affordability, and versatility makes it an excellent choice for content creators looking for a reliable wireless microphone. Despite some minor limitations, the Lark M2’s performance and features outweigh the cons, making it a worthwhile investment.

For those considering a mini wireless lavalier Microphone, it’s essential to evaluate whether it genuinely meets your needs and will enhance your content creation process. If you’re in the market for a wireless mic, the Hollyland Lark M2 is definitely worth considering.

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