They say that in today’s world you don’t need a camera and can shoot with your phone. That’s true, but while this applies to video, it doesn’t apply to audio. If your audio sucks, it will be a pain to listen to it, and people won’t engage with your message. That’s why we didn’t recommend the Sony a6000 for a lot of people.
It’s the best camera on a budget ever created and shoots incredible audio, but it lacks a microphone jack, and due to that, we recorded some awful videos interviewing the likes of Marting Garrix or Saba in the past.
Sennheiser XSW-D? It’s a wireless set that allows you to get wireless audio, and it might be the best thing that will happen to your audio game. But is the Sennheiser XSW-D set worth it with Rode having released their Rode GO that’s smaller and comes with a screen? Find out in this Sennheiser XSW-D review.
Sennheiser XSW-D Works With Everything
What most reviewers never mentioned in a Sennheiser XSW-D review, which compared it to the Rode GO set, is that the Rode doesn’t provide a vital feature that the Sennheiser XSW-D comes with.
While both of the devices are more budget-oriented options, Sennheiser knows that just because you are on a budget, doesn’t mean that you only want to shoot one type of audio.
Whether you want to connect a microphone, an instrument, or to an audio mixer, when buying an XSW-D set, you can configure it in a way that suits your audio needs, and that is a huge advantage that the Sennheiser XSW-D brings.
The Range Is Better Than Sennheiser Says
On Sennheiser’s website, it states that you will get a range of up to 75 meters with this wireless set.
We are used to companies making promises that they don’t deliver. Sennheiser? They over-delivered.
In our tests, we got over 100 meters.
Granted, it was on a football pitch without much interference, but still, that is impressive.
The Lavelier Microphone That the XSW-D Set Comes With
I don’t often read other product reviews as they often tell me a lot of things that you and I don’t care about, but I had an urge to find out more about the ME 2-II Clip-On Microphone that Sennheiser included in the XSW-set. One of the main things mentioned? Quality issues.
People mentioned that it wasn’t of the greatest quality, nor was it durable. Something I for sure found alarming considering it costs around €100, which on one hand isn’t that much, but on the other hand, is considering the XSW-D is considered a budget solution.
But then I got the product and remembered another reason why I don’t often read other reviews. Experts that use equipment that costs many thousand just cannot put the right perspective on more budget aimed products for content creators and beginners.
I’ve tested this microphone in all kinds of conditions, whether on me or in my backpack, squeezed up for over 2 months, and it’s the most durable lavalier set we’ve ever tried.
With that said, we did find the cable on the product way too long. When reading the review of it I saw people mention that and wondered that there’s nothing wrong with having a long cable, but after using it, I did realize that it is for sure way too long. Unless you have the receiver in your shoes, there’s no way you will ever need as much cable.
How does it sound? Like this.
This is a completely unedited audio shoot outdoors at the seashore. It gives you a basic idea of what you can expect from it.
Is it the best sounding Lavelier microphone for the price? I don’t like to get into that territory. There are too many similarities between most lavalier microphones at this price range, with minor differences.
A lot of reviews go into the specifics, but here’s the thing. Most people getting these microphones aren’t microphone nerds and are just looking to get something that works great, so listen to the audio and choose whether that sounds great or not.
Here’s what we noticed, though. The microphone does pick up some external noise, which some people might hate, but in most cases, we actually like that lot. We do enjoy hearing some calm raindrops or perhaps seagulls once in a while when shooting. It adds to the emotions of a recording. However, we know that not everyone might like that.
Explaining the XSW-D Set (Sizing, Operation, and Battery Life)
The major difference between our Sennheiser XSW-D review and other reviews is that we apparently rock it wrong. It’s meant to be put on sideways.
We mentioned that the Rode GO is tiny, and well, it is smaller than the XSW-D set, but the XSW-D set is already much smaller than other wireless solutions.
The major advantage of Sennheiser’s design? That it lays better in your pocket due to its lengthy design. With that said, it’s not flat, and that’s not always convenient.
The ease of use with it is incredible, though. You just press on the only button on both of the devices, and you are good to go. It’s a very quick setup, and we love that. We don’t want to have to play around with settings. We want to get great audio right away.
The devices come with USB-C and offer 5-hours of battery life, which is true, but you can charge these up while using which we love and whish every device deployed!
Is a Lack of a Screen a Problem or Was That a Gimmick?
The Rode GO has a small screen built-in.
That right away might turn people towards it over the XSW-D set.
But you know, the Sony a6500 has a touchscreen, and we really wanted it, until we had it.
Having a screen on a wireless system can be helpful indeed and the Rode GO doesn’t sacrifice on battery life when it comes to it as in fact, it does have better battery life, but it’s not a feature that we see of much use because the screen won’t be visible outdoors, meanwhile a camera tells audio levels already.
It is useful as it shows you all the details at once, but with that said, Sennheiser’s one button and LED light is able to provide you with all the information you need too.
One Thing Missing
Whether you choose the Rode or the Sennheiser, one thing both of these miss is the ability to connect two microphones to one receiver.
Of course, there are ways around it, especially if you rock a more pricey camera, but when it comes to your standard mirrorless camera, it would have been nice if there was a way to record two microphones in an interview directly to one camera.
Is the XSW-D Set Worth It?
To sum up, this Sennheiser XSW-D review, if you are a musician playing live gigs or a creator shooting documentaries, interviews, or reviews, the XSW-D set is an incredible option that will allow you to get wireless audio up to 100 meters. With a great lavalier microphone, or otherwise a microphone of your choice.
Some time ago, we reviewed the Sennheiser Portable Mic. It was a great idea that failed in a lot of aspects. The XSW-D? We don’t have anything bad to say about it.