Saramonic Blink 500 Pro Wireless Microphone Kits Introduced
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The Chinese audio device manufacturer Saramonic has presented its new wireless Blink Pro microphone kits: The "Blink Pro Professional Series" is an addition to its "Blink 500" series.

I get a bit of a flicker for that, but I'll say it anyway: the audio quality in videos is more important than the video quality. You can quote me about it!

Bad audio is unbearable

You can get away with all kinds of imperfections in the image – grain, flares, sliding focus – to name a few. All of these artifacts can be used creatively on purpose or sold as a "style" even if they were not originally intended.

Bad audio, on the other hand, is just that: bad. Period.

Vlogs, interviews, explanations, and even video conferencing greatly benefit from a decent microphone that is close to the speaker's mouth. This is where the wireless Saramonic Blink 500 Pro microphone comes into play.

The Saramonic Blink 500 Pro B2 Kit. Image credit: Saramonic

Saramonic offers two kits: the Blink 500 Pro B1 and the Blink 500 Pro B2. Many inexpensive wireless systems use 2.4 GHz WiFi to transmit audio signals. However, these system types are ideal for short-range transmissions. It makes them easy to use and enables high quality sound.

Blink 500 Pro B1 Kit

A built-in omnidirectional microphone with a sensitivity of -39 dB is integrated in the transmitter. The device can be attached to shirts and clothing. With the supplied professional lavalier microphone, it functions as a belt pouch. It has a selectable microphone or line level input and an OLED display.

The transmitter is small and lightSaramonic Blink 500 Pro transmitter. Image credit: Saramonic

The camera mountable receiver (RX) has a mono / stereo output setting. This is a big improvement over the "normal model" as it enables a suitable feed signal from one transmitter into both input channels of your device (via mono mode) or from two transmitters into separate input channels of your device (via stereo mode). In addition, the receiver has a headphone output and an OLED display as well as TRS and TRRS output cables to ensure compatibility with any device with a 3.5 mm input, be it a smartphone or a camera.

The receiver manages microphones from different people by adding a second Blink 500 Pro TX transmitter, sold separately if you want to add one later. If you need a second transmitter right away, read on.

The 3.5mm output with volume control allows you to connect headphones and monitor the sound in real time, even if your camera or device does not have a headphone output. (A good solution for these cameras, although keep in mind that the actual audio being recorded is not being monitored).

Saramonic claims a battery life of up to 8 hours, a reception range of 100 m and automatic channel switching to avoid static charges and dropouts.

The kit also includes a 1200 mAh portable charging case. With the one-touch coupling integrated in the charging case, you can synchronize the transmitter and receiver without having to scroll through menus and search channels.

Blink 500 Pro B2 Kit

The B2 shares all of the functions of the B1 kit, but includes an additional transmitter. This is nice when two people speak in front of the camera in your application.

Saramonic Blink 500 Pro B2 charging caseSaramonic Blink 500 Pro B2 charging case. Image credit: Saramonic

This kit also has a charging case with a capacity of 2000 mAh and space for all three devices.

Prices and availability

Both the Blink 500 Pro B1 and the Blink 500 Pro B2 can now be pre-ordered from B & H for USD 229.00 and USD 299.00 respectively.

Final thoughts

I like the fact that both kits come with everything you need to record better sound: lav mic, furry windshield, and cords.

The wireless microphone transmitter Saramonic Blink 500 Pro can also be fed with a line signal. So it can possibly be used to transmit other audio data. For example, give the director headphones and the receiver and let the sound recorder feed the program from the mixer into the transmitter.

Saramonic Blink 500 Pro transmitter. Image credit: SaramonicSaramonic Blink 500 Pro transmitter. Image credit: Saramonic

2.4 GHz radio systems are fine, but there is one caveat. The transmission range is initially not very long and can be further reduced if it is used in areas with many Wi-Fi networks. So keep that in mind when choosing a wireless system for your work.

The receiver and the transmitter both have USB connections. You can power them during operation via the camera or an external battery. Unfortunately, it looks like these are mini-USB ports, not USB-C, which is a bit strange.

Are you using the older Blink 500 wireless system, and if so, what is your experience with it? Are you interested in the new Blink 500 Pro Kits? Are you using a competing product? Let us know in the comments below!

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