It looks like Monoprice isn’t the only one getting into the 2.4Ghz audio transmitter game. Rode just announced the Rodelink wireless film kit, the setup includes a Rode Lav and 2.4Ghz audio transmitter/receiver kit with camera mounting and locking audio cables for $399.

Filmmaker Kit_Lav

Here are the specs for the Rodelink units:

  • Series II 2.4GHz digital transmission
  • 128-bit encrypted signal
  • Up to 100m range
  • One touch pairing
  • OLED digital display
  • 3 level gain control
  • Omnidirectional lavalier microphone
  • AA Battery or USB Power

The Rodelink looks pretty nice and I’m guessing a large chunk of the $399 price tag is the included lav mic. The 128 bit encryption is an decent feature, I hadn’t really thought much about someone monitoring an outbound wifi signal. Also “Up to 100m range” is an interesting statement, the Monoprice units only claim a max transmit distance of 164 feet or 50 meters. I suspect the Rodelink might be using a transmitter that’s larger than 5 miliwatts, if so, I wonder what battery life will be like. A higher watt transmitter could explain why they mention “USB power” in the press release.

The Rodelink wireless film kit is up for pre-order on B&H and it looks like they’ll be shipping in mid march. I wonder what other companies will be releasing 2.4Ghz wireless units in the lead up to NAB this year, it should be an interesting year for wireless audio.

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