Introducing the Rode Wireless Go 2: A Non-Technical Review
Welcome to our review of the Rode Wireless Go 2! we’re Eugene and Heather. We’ve been married for over 16 years all while running multiple businesses together. We’re passionate about providing valuable tools and tips for creatives like you.
These are our thoughts on the Rode Wireless Go 2 based on our own experiences using it on set and for our video content. We’ll also answer the burning question: is the Rode Wireless Go 2 worth its price?
First off, let’s talk about the pricing options. At the time of filming this review, the dual version of the Rode Wireless Go 2 is priced at $299, which includes one receiver and two microphones. The single version is priced at $199, providing one receiver and one microphone.
1. Rode Wireless Go II – Dual Version :
For this review, we’ll focus on the Rode Wireless Go dual version, which comes with two microphones. If you haven’t already, we would appreciate it if you could hit the subscribe button to stay updated with our content.
In the package, you’ll find one receiver, two microphones, three furries (windshields), one carry pouch, one 3.5mm TRS cable, and three USB-C cables. The microphones and receiver feature built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can last up to 7 hours on a full charge.
2. Power & Charging:
Charging the units can initially be a bit confusing, but we discovered that the free Rode Central app is essential for using this wireless system. You can easily download the app from Rode’s website (link: www.rode.com/central). Once connected to our computers, we were able to monitor the battery levels of each device. We’re eagerly awaiting the release of the Rode charging case, as it will make charging these units much more convenient.
Please note that if you’re using the newer versions of MacBook Pros without USB connections, you’ll need to replace the included USB to USB-C cables with USB-C to USB-C cables.
3. Rode Central App:
Within the Rode Central app, you can access device information, update firmware, adjust special settings, and download recorded audio. It serves as a hub for managing your Rode Wireless Go 2 system.
4. Pairing The Mic & Receiver
Pairing the microphones with the receiver is a straightforward process. Upon receiving the units, they come already paired. Simply turn on the receiver, followed by turning on the microphone by holding down the largest button on the unit until it lights up.
5. Audio Quality:
Now, let’s talk about the audio quality. The audio from the Rode microphone are transmitted wirelessly and connects to the receiver. We connect the receiver to our camera using the TRS cable, which is the setup we typically use for the Rode Wireless Go mics. We found that the sound quality is great for anyone who wants to capture audio on the go and doesn’t have a huge sound crew.
6. Wireless Connection:
One crucial aspect we wanted to test was the distance range before the wireless connection is lost. To make it a fun experiment, we involved our children, teaching them about measuring distance. We went to Home Depot to find the largest measuring tape available to determine if the mic and receiver maintain a solid connection at a distance of 200 meters (656.168 feet), as advertised.
During our connection test at an old airport, we discovered the actual distance before losing connection. According to the manufacturer, the Rode Wireless Go 2 should work reliably up to 200 meters (656.168 feet). We ran into some weird interference that caused a lost connection at just 300 feet. We continued measuring though and regain connection all the way up to 900 feet. We recommend staying within 600 feet if it’s vital to be sure takes are captured to the camera.
7. Always (recording) On Feature:
This “always on” feature proves valuable in situations where the wireless connection is lost, as demonstrated during Heather’s disconnected audio and video clip. Even when the mic loses connection, the unit continues recording to the onboard storage. We can later export the onboard recording via the Rode Central app and incorporate it into our project.
The Rode Wireless Go 2 can store over 24 hours of compressed audio or 7 hours of uncompressed audio directly onto its onboard storage. We typically set our units to always record in the Rode Central app.
In summary, the Rode Wireless Go 2 is a solid unit with a few considerations to keep in mind.
Let’s discuss the cons. Firstly, the onboard storage can be a limitation. When the device reaches its storage capacity, the oldest saved recordings will be overwritten.
Secondly, we encountered an odd and frustrating issue with the Rode Central app, which held our recordings captive during a firmware update. We had to install an older version of the app to successfully transfer our recordings.
Despite these minor drawbacks, we believe the price tag of the Rode Wireless Go 2 is justified. If you’re seeking a recording device that provides excellent audio quality and is user-friendly, the Rode Wireless Go 2 is a fantastic solution.
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Thank you for checking out our non-technical review of the Rode Wireless Go 2. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us.