Either you are working on a solo recording or you are working for a video project in which you can’t use a typical full-size mic, a lavalier mic becomes a handy solution here. A lavalier mic is extremely compact and lightweight that it allows you to mount it conveniently on your clothing. This way, the wearer can use both his or her hands freely. Now, if you are looking for a lavalier mic, you need to take a look at Rode Lavalier and Sennheiser ME2. Both are among the most popular models on the market right now. However, Rode Lavalier is quite more expensive than Sennheiser ME2. So, how do the two compare against each other? Which is the best choice for you? Find out below!
Both Rode Lavalier and Sennheiser ME2 are permanently polarized condenser microphones. They both have the omnidirectional polar pattern. So, they pick up sounds equally from any angle. Unlike a regular mic, that can be aimed by the user to point towards the source of audio, a lavalier mic can’t be adjusted as easily. Thus, an omnidirectional polar pattern becomes the best choice here, allowing the mic to capture every soundwave regardless of the direction it is facing.
|Rode Lavalier||Sennheiser ME2|
|- Sensitivity: -33.5dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (21.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz||- Sensitivity 20 mV/Pa (in free field, no load @ 1 kHz)|
|- Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 25dB-A||- Equivalent Noise Level 36 dB|
|- Maximum SPL: 110dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)||- Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 130 dB (passive)|
|- Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient||- Power Requirements Phantom Power Provided by Wireless Transmitter|
|- Frequency Range: 60Hz - 18kHz||- Frequency Response 30Hz-20kHz|
|- Maximum Output Level: 189.0mV||- Operating Voltage 7.5 V (stand alone)|
|- Output Impedance: 3000Ω||- Output Connector 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini-Jack (Unbalanced)|
|- Dimensions: 12.00mmH x 4.50mmW x 4.50mmD||- Maximum sound pressure level (passiv): 130 dB|
|- Weight: 1.00gm||- Connection cable: Sennheiser 3.5mm mini-jack|
|- Capsule: 0.10"||- Cable length: 1,6 m|
As lavalier mics, Rode Lavalier and Sennheiser ME2 are both compact and lightweight. However, Rode Lavalier is a little bit smaller than Sennheiser ME2. Rode Lavalier has a body diameter of 4.5 mm whereas Sennheiser ME2’s body diameter is 6.5 mm. Of course, the rule of thumb is that a smaller body is better than a bigger body, but the difference in size here is not that significant. Each model comes with a mounting clip for easy wearing.
As we are talking about microphones, we can not neglect to discuss the comparisons of the two products’ performance and output quality. In general, both mics deliver decent bright and crisp audio reproduction. However, Rode Lavalier only has a frequency response range of 60 Hz – 18 kHz. On the other hand, Sennheiser ME2 offers a more extensive frequency response range of 30 Hz – 20 kHz. Therefore, there is no surprise upon finding that Sennheiser ME2 produces more accurate sound than Rode Lavalier. The lows, mids, and highs are more properly staged and defined. Another thing that makes Sennheiser ME2 better than Rode Lavalier is the maximum SPL handling. Sennheiser ME2 comes with higher maximum SPL handling than Rode Lavalier, allowing you to take louder sound signals easily.
The reason behind Rode Lavalier’s price is that it is packed with features. It is made for maximum durability and longevity. It comes with a water-resistant pop filter, making it less prone to wetness, and a shielded Kevlar-reinforced cable. Additionally, the bundle also includes an artificial fur wind shield and an anti-trauma water-resistant carrying case.
Rode Lavalier Vs Sennheiser ME2
Even though Rode Lavalier comes feature-packed, the performance and audio quality of Sennheiser ME2 are better. Therefore, we recommend you to choose Rode Lavalier only for heavy-duty purposes, such as field recording, in which case the superior ruggedness becomes a huge value. For studio recording, Sennheiser ME2 should be the way to go.