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Hollyland LARK M2 vs. LARK MAX

The Hollyland Lark M2 and Lark Max stand out as top-notch outdoor audio recording solutions. These microphones are modified to facilitate content creators for optimized recording sessions. However, these two masterpieces differ significantly in multiple aspects. These differentiating points range from their technical specifications to their functionalities and utilization of advanced technologies.

This comprehensive guide will shed light on different advancements in these microphones. I’ll explore the key differences and performance aspects of Lark M2 and Lark Max, which will provide a detailed understanding of these two innovative wireless audio systems.

A Quick Comparison Table

Before diving into the specifics of each feature, Lark Max and Lark M2, let’s take a brief look at the key specifications offered by these efficient microphones.

SpecificationLark MaxLark M2
Mic Sensitivity–36dBFS±1dB@1 kHz, 94dB SPL-37dBV±2dB@1 kHz, 94 dB SPL
Wireless Transmission2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
Transmission RangeUp to 250mUp to 300m
Mic Polar PatternOmnidirectionalOmnidirectional
Frequency Response20 Hz–20 kHz (Low Cut disabled)20 Hz-20 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio70dB>70 dB
Recorded Audio Format48 kHz/24-bit WAV48 kHz/24-bit WAV
Touch ScreenPresent on the Receiver for functionality controlAbsent
Battery VoltageTX: 3.87V
RX: 3.87V
Case: 3.85V
TX: 3.87V
Camera Version RX: 3.87V
Mobile Version Charging Case: 3.8V
Camera Version Charging Case: 3.8V
Battery CapacityTX: 300 mAh
RX: 490 mAh
Charging Case: 2800 mAh
TX: 97 mAh
Camera Version RX: 145 mAh
Mobile Version Charging Case: 750 mAh
Camera Version Charging Case: 1950 mAh
Operating TimeTX: About 7.5 hours
RX: About 9 hours
Charging Case: Approx. two times of charging for 2 TX and 1 RX
TX: About 10 hours
Camera Version RX: About 9 hours
Mobile Version Charging Case: More than 2 times charging for 2 TX at the same time
Camera Version Charging Case: More than 3 times charging for all TX and RX at the same time
Charging TimeTX: Less than 2 hours
RX: < 2 hours
Charging Case: < 2 hour
TX: About 1.5 hours
Camera Version RX: About 1.5 hours
Mobile Version Charging Case: < 1.5 hours
Camera Version Charging Case: < 2 hour
DimensionsTX: Approx. 48.5mm x 30.3mm x 19.37mm
RX: Approx. 58mm x 40.83mm x 23.17mm
Charging Case: Approx. 115mm x 46mm x 63mm
TX: Approx. 26mm X 9.9mm
Mobile Version RX: Approx. 40mm x 16.5mm x 9mm
Camera Version RX: Approx. 40mm x 25.7mm x 20.5mm
Mobile Version Charging Case: Approx. 75.8mm x 49.8mm x 35mm
Camera Version Case: 86mm x 54mm x 39mm
WeightTX: Approx. 33g
RX: Approx. 60g
Charging Case: Approx. 193.5g
TX: Approx. 9g
Mobile Version RX: Approx. 6g
Camera Version RX: Approx. 14.8g
Mobile Version Charging Case: Approx. 65.6g  
Camera Version Charging Case: Approx. 111g
Price2TX + 1RX $249
1TX + 1RX $159
Combo Version   $179
Camera Duo  $159
Mobile Lightning Duo $149
Mobile USB-C Duo $139

Build Quality and Design

In build quality and design, the transmitter and receiver are the main functional components that are vital for audio recording. The Lark M2 and Lark Max transmitters share similarities in their core functionalities but also exhibit distinct features according to user preferences.

1. Transmitter

The Lark Max transmitter is packed with features designed for easy use. Also, you can start recording quickly with the REC button and see if it’s recording with the REC indicator. Moreover, the transmitter of both these microphones has a pairing button that has multifunctionality, including noise cancellation and turning off and on. 

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Furthermore, the Lark Max has a magnetic attachment feature for easy carrying. On the other hand, in Lark M2, the transmitter is also equipped with clip magnets to fasten the microphone securely for safe recording. The transmitter of the Lark Max has physical dimensions of approximately 48.5mm x 30.3mm x 19.37mm with an approximate weight of 33g. Meanwhile, the transmitter of Lark M2 weighs only 9gm and can be attached to the body more efficiently. 

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Hollyland Lark M2

2-Person Wireless Mini Button Microphone.

With a 3.5mm audio input and USB-type C slots, Lark Max connects to different audio sources easily. There’s a power button to turn it on/off and a button for pairing and noise cancellation. Notably, the Lark M2 and Lark Max transmitters have omnidirectional sound reception that enables comprehensive recording from any desired angle within the environment.

Also, users can experience high-quality sound in both models due to their 20 Hz – 20 kHz frequency response range. Also, the high-sensitivity microphone within the Lark Max captures full-range audio with remarkable precision and rich detail at a sampling rate of 48kHz/24-bit. 

2. Receiver 

The Lark Max receiver features a 1.1″ AMOLED touchscreen, which is coupled with a precision control knob. Also, the touchscreen resolution stands at 126 x 294 pixels. Meanwhile, the Lark M2 RX mic is equipped with a volume adjustment knob that features three levels. It also adds a mode-switching button that enables easy toggling between mono and stereo recording modes. 

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Hollyland LARK MAX vs DJI Mic 2

Hollyland LARK MAX

Wireless Microphone with Studio Audio.

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The receiver specifications for the Lark Max physical dimensions are approximately 58mm x 40.83mm x 23.17mm, with a weight of 60g. By contrast, the receiver mic of Lark M2 weighs 14.8 grams and has an adjustment knob. 

Additionally, the Lark Max Receiver offers multiple connectivity options. It includes a TRS headphone interface for audio monitoring, a USB-C interface for charging, and a 3.5mm TRS audio output interface. Likewise, the Lark M2 RX connects to the system via a 3.5mm audio output, USB-C, and lightning cables. In addition, it is powered by a Type-C port for charging purposes.

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Furthermore, both devices feature contacts to ensure reliable communication between the receiver and other paired devices. Also, both use a back clip for secure attachment with the cameras or other devices. 

3. Charging Case

Let’s compare the features of the charging cases for the Lark Max and Lark M2 systems based on their build and design. The charging case designed for the Lark Max microphone system measures approximately 115mm x 46mm x 63mm with a weight of 193.5 grams. On the other hand, the Lark M2 has a much lighter charging case, which is more portable. 

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In terms of battery level indicators, the Lark Max employs individual indicators for each level of the charging case. On the other hand, the Lark M2 also integrates four LEDs, each denoting 25% increments of the overall power level, which offers a more generalized representation of the remaining charge.

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Additionally, both charging cases utilize a USB-C interface for charging. This standardized interface across the Lark Max and Lark M2 cases enhances convenience and compatibility with various charging sources. 

When it comes to design emphasis, Lark Max prioritizes organized storage that features designated slots and clear identification for each device component. On the other hand, the Lark M2 emphasizes its durability and protective features that guarantee the safety of the microphone components in different situations.

Price and Package

Lark Max is priced at $159 on the official Hollyland website. You can purchase the Lark Max Duo package and avail yourself of a fantastic offer of receiving 70% off on the purchase of 2 Lavalier microphones. Additionally, for those going for the Lark Max Solo, you can benefit from a 70% discount on 1 Lavalier microphone. This exclusive deal adds value to your purchase and will provide options for expanding your audio setup with quality microphones at a significantly discounted price.

You can also take advantage of the flexible payment options by purchasing Lark MAX with the convenience of four interest-free installments. On the other hand, the Lark M2 offers three distinct models along with a combo variant. Specifically, the Android model features a USB-C plug compatible with a wide range of Android phones. Moreover, the mobile lighting version is equipped with a USB-A plug designed for connection with iPhone devices. 

Pricing for each version of the microphone may differ. Notably, the combo version, offering compatibility across multiple platforms, stands as the most expensive variant of the Lark M2. The pricing plan of each Lark M2 version is given in the following table. 

Lark MaxLark M2
Price2TX + 1RX $249
1TX + 1RX $159
Combo Version   $179
Camera Duo  $159
Mobile Lightning Duo $149
Mobile USB-C Duo $139
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Hollyland Lark M2

2-Person Wireless Mini Button Microphone.

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Hollyland LARK MAX

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Performance and Audio Quality

Lark Max and Lark M2 share certain qualities, such as the audio format and high-quality recording capabilities. Lark M2 offers a 300-meter range with 2.4 GHz adaptive frequency, whereas, for Lark Max, the wireless line-of-sight ranges up to 820ft (250 meters) with dual high-gain antennas. 

Moreover, Lark Max is capable of recording full-range audio for studio-quality sound reproduction. Also, it incorporates an innovative multilayer MaxTimbre technology for removing unwanted resonances. Lark M2, specifically, is suitable for outdoor recording, with a focus on eliminating background noise with a signal-to-noise ratio exceeding 70dB.

Additionally, both models record in the same high-quality 48 kHz/24-bit WAV format for crisp sound quality. In addition, Lark Max is capable of handling up to 128dB SPL and maintaining the 98-106 dB dynamic range, which reduces audio distortion in complex environments. 

Lark M2 offers Mono and Stereo mode switching capabilities. Moreover, the camera version of the microphone supports 3-level volume adjustments, i.e., high, medium, and low levels.

Battery Life and Charging

The battery life and charging for both models regarding their transmitters, receivers, or charging cases differ slightly. If we talk about Lark M2, its transmitter has a 97-145 mAh battery that offers 9-10 hours of recording, while Lark Max’s Transmitter has a 300mAh battery that provides 7.5-14 hours. 

In addition, the Lark Max receiver’s battery is 490mAh and has an approximate operating time of 9 hours. The battery power of the Lark M2 receiver is 145 mAh, providing 9 hours of recording time, similar to the Hollyland Lark Max. 

Additionally, Lark Max and Lark M2 operate within the same temperature range of -20 °C to 45°C. The charging time of all the components of Lark Max is less than 2 hours. However, most of the Lark M2 microphone components take around 1.5 hours to fully charge.

In addition, the camera version of Lark M2 has a charging case capacity of 1950 mAh that allows for over three charges. By contrast, Lark Max’s case can charge devices approximately two times with its 2800mAh capacity.

Setup and Use

The Hollyland Lark M2 and Lark Max microphones offer different options across multiple scenarios. Each transmitter includes a practical back clip and clip magnet in Lark Max. The transmitter attaches to garments or other items using the integrated back clip or the clip magnet, which ensures easy and secure fixation.

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Similarly, the microphone system in Lark M2 also includes back clips for secure attachment of the transmitter, along with clip magnets that prevent accidental detachment. The LARK M2 silicone necklace case increases portability and is ideal for shooting vlogs. 

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1. Mobile Pairing 

You need to use an MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cable to establish a connection between the receiver and an iPhone on Lark Max. Then, the receiver’s touch screen will display a USB connection icon. Similarly, you can employ a USB-C to USB-C cable to link the receiver with an Android phone. Alternatively, opt for the optional 3.5mm TRS to 3.5mm TRRS cable. Auto pairing happens once the receiver and transmitter are placed in the case. 

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While on Lark M2, you can connect by pressing the side yellow button located on the transmitter for a duration of 6 seconds. This action will start the pairing mode, which is shown by rapid flashing blue lights. Subsequently, after plugging the receiver into the device, you need to perform a 3-second-long press on its bottom yellow button. Once the steady blue lights illuminate both components, it signifies a successful pairing process. 

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3. Camera Pairing

On Lark Max, camera pairing can be performed by securing the receiver to the camera’s shoe using the provided back clip. Then, you can use a 3.5mm TRS to 3.5mm TRS cable to link the 3.5mm audio output interface on the receiver to the camera’s 3.5mm audio input interface. Pairing between the transmitter and receiver is done automatically when placed in the case.

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Similarly, you can initiate the pairing process on Lark M2 by pressing the M button on the receiver for a duration of 3 seconds. Following this, long press the yellow button located on the transmitter to activate its pairing mode. It’s important to synchronize both the TX and RX to enter pairing mode simultaneously.

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4. App Control

Lark Max does not equip you with its mobile application. Nevertheless, Lark Max provides you with the touchscreen on the receiver to control volume settings. However, you can configure settings in Lark M2 using the app that can be installed on your smartphone. The Lark M2 app offers additional adjustable options to ensure optimal volume performance across various devices. 

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Accessories

The box for the Lark Max contains various accessories, each securely packed in designated places for their safety. All these accessories are highly functional and specifically designed for recording purposes. Here is a comprehensive list of the accessories included with the Lark Max box:

  • Transmitter (2)
  • Receiver (1)
  • Charging Case (1)
  • USB-C to USB-A Cable (1)
  • 3.5mm TRS to 3.5mm TRS Cable (1)
  • USB Type-C to USB-C Cable (1)
  • USB Type-C to Lightning Cable (1)
  • Clip Magnet (2)
  • Furry Windshield (2)
  • Travel Case (1)
  • Quick Guide (1)
  • Warranty Card (1)
  • Packing List Card (1)
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When discussing the Lark M2, the microphone also offers users a selection of accessories. Similar to the Lark Max, these accessories assist in recording purposes. The following list outlines the accessories provided with the Lark M2:

  • TX (1)
  • Camera Version RX (1)
  • USB-C Plug RX (1)
  • Lightning Plug RX (1)
  • Camera Version Charging Case (1)
  • TX Windscreen (2)
  • USB-A to USB-C Cable (1)
  • 3.5mm TRS to 3.5mm TRS Cable (Camera) (1)
  • Back Clip (2)
  • Clip Magnet (4)
  • LARK M2 Necklace Silicone Case (2)
  • TX Sticker (1)
  • Quick Guide & Packing List Card (1)
  • Warranty Card (1)
  • Drawstring Bag (1)
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Other Features

When comparing the Lark M2 and Lark Max microphone systems, it’s important to explore their various features beyond the core functionalities. These additional elements contribute significantly to their usability and adaptability in multiple recording scenarios. 

Lark Max Additional Features

Lark Max possesses various features to assist its users in recording audio smoothly and without any constraints. Some of these unique features of Lark Max are discussed below for further understanding of the device.

  • MaxTimbre Technology: The MaxTimbre Mic technology in Lark Max presents a multilayer membrane microphone design that maximizes the quality of voice recordings. Also, it increases performance through the integration of a durable mesh that’s great for wind-proofing and isolating vibrations.
  • DSP Technology: The Lark Max has also improved its audio signal quality by employing advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology. The technology works at its best to minimize undesired noise and interference during the recording process.
  • Noise Cancellation: Additionally, Lark Max has an advanced Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC) technology incorporated in itself to identify and diminish ambient noise. The technology ensures undistorted audio quality, particularly in noisy recording settings. 
  • Color AMOLED Touchscreen: The colorful 1.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen is featured on the receiver of the Lark Max microphone. This aspect enables users to conveniently adjust settings and offers a real-time visual overview.

Lark M2 Additional Features

Like Lark Max, the Lark M2 microphone also offers a variety of additional features. Some of them are discussed and listed below.

  • Noise Cancellation: Lark M2 also includes a noise cancellation button. In addition to noise cancellation, it serves multiple functions, including a mic switch or initiating pairing mode. The activation of the noise cancellation feature is indicated by the illumination of a green light.
  • Recording Modes: The camera version of Lark M2 has an extra feature for recording purposes. In it, the receiver includes a mode-switching button. This button enables users to toggle between mono and stereo recording modes without any effort.
  • Mobile App Support: The Lark M2 provides users with the mobile application’s ability to navigate easily through microphone configurations. They can pair the microphone easily with their mobile and use different features such as adjusting the volume level.
  • Volume Adjustments: The camera version of Hollyland Lark M2 supports 3-level volume adjustments. These settings include high, medium, and low volume adjustments. You can identify these volume levels by one LED for low, two for medium, and three for high volume levels. 

FAQs

Q1. Does the Lark Max have the capability to output sound externally via the connected phone?

Yes, you can enable this by accessing the receiver menu and general settings. Within this menu, you have to locate the External Output option and activate it. The external output allows for utilizing the phone’s speaker function. When you utilize the microphone output via the 3.5mm jack, the external speaker function is not accessible.

Q2. Which microphone is better, Lark Max or Lark M2?

The preference between the Lark Max and Lark M2 microphones can vary based on individual needs and specific usage scenarios. However, the Lark M2 offers advantages over the Lark Max, such as an increased transmission range. Also, it’s the latest model with advanced features and is compatible across a wide range of devices. Moreover, the design of Lark M2 is lightweight for better portability. 

Q3. Is a mobile app available for controlling Lark Max settings?

Lark Max does not have a dedicated mobile app for controlling settings and configurations. The Lark Max relies on its built-in touchscreen interface for managing settings due to the absence of a dedicated app. However, you can control the Lark M2 setting with the app, which offers various options. 

Alternatives to Consider

Now, let’s talk about some of the alternatives to Lark Max and Lark M2 microphones. Top-notch wireless microphones that address the users’ needs and preferences accordingly are available. Some of them are described below, highlighting their main specifications.

  1. IK Multimedia iRig Mic 

The IK Multimedia Wireless Microphone is designed especially for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices and is primarily recommended for singing applications. This microphone operates via wired connectivity with a USB connector type. Additionally, the microphone comes in a sleek black color, which provides a professional aesthetic. The package includes USB-C, USB-A, lightning cables, a mic clamp, a tabletop stand, and adapters. 

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  1. Hollyland Lark 150

The Hollyland Lark 150 Wireless Lavalier Microphone is recommended for streaming purposes. This microphone offers smooth connectivity via USB, which shows its compatibility with a range of devices. Moreover, its connector types include USB and a 3.5mm jack that is flexible for connecting personal computers and cameras. With an omnidirectional polar pattern, it captures sound from all directions, ensuring comprehensive audio coverage. 

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3. Rode Wireless GO II

The Rode Wireless GO II, also known as the WIGOII S, is a comprehensive recording solution designed by Rode. The wireless system operates via an auxiliary connectivity technology using a 3.5mm jack connector. The microphone is compatible with various devices, including computers, cameras, and smartphones. Moreover, the included bidirectional polar pattern enhances recording capabilities.

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4. Hollyland Lark M1

The Hollyland Lark M1 stands as a versatile option that is ideal for streaming and video conferencing purposes. It operates via 2.4GHz connectivity technology and features a 3.5mm jack connector. The Lark M1 offers convenience during use due to its notable features of clip attachment and battery indicator light. Furthermore, the microphone’s omnidirectional polar pattern and audio sensitivity of 86 dB enhance its capabilities.

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Conclusion

In a nutshell, both of these microphones offer specialties that address a variety of users. The selection of the microphone entirely depends on your preferences and needs. For vloggers keen on outdoor vlogging, the more portable Lark M2 would prove beneficial, especially with its lightweight design. Conversely, those seeking features like a touchscreen and advanced technologies like MaxTimbre would find the Lark Max more advantageous.

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