The Joby WAVO Air: A Miss for Creators?

by | Apr 9, 2022 | Audio, Gear and Reviews

As a content creator, I’m always on the lookout for gear that can enhance my work, and I had high hopes for the Joby WAVO Air wireless lav kit.. However, after thorough testing, I’ve got some mixed feelings about it. Let’s break down what I found.

What’s in the Box?

The Joby WAVO Air comes with a pretty comprehensive set of items:

  • 1 Receiver: To be mounted on your camera.
  • 2 Transmitters: Each with built-in microphones, volume control, and a mic input for the included wired lav microphones.
  • Cables: TRS to TRS jack cable for cameras and TRS to TRS for smartphones.
  • 3 USB-A to USB-C Charging Cables: Allowing simultaneous charging of both transmitters and the receiver.
  • Mounting Accessories: Including belt clips, a magnetic necklace, and a hot shoe mount.

Pros of the Joby WAVO Air

  • Complete System: Ideal for those looking to buy a full wireless lav kit for two-person interviews.
  • Short-Range Audio Quality: The audio quality is decent at short ranges.

Cons and Concerns

  • Build Quality: The kit feels quite plasticky and more like a budget option, despite its higher price point.
  • Mounting System: The side placement for the lav mic input is awkward, and the cold shoe mount doesn’t fit all accessories.
  • Windshields: The clip-on windshields are easy to knock off, a problem Rode has already moved away from.
  • Range Issues: The range of the WAVO Air is significantly less than competitors like the Rode Wireless Go, even with a clear line of sight.

Range Test Comparison

I conducted a range test comparing the Joby WAVO Air with the Rode Wireless Go. Here’s what I found:

  • Joby WAVO Air: Started struggling at a shorter distance, with flaky range even in clear line of sight.
  • Rode Wireless Go: Considerably better range, maintaining clear audio at distances where the WAVO Air struggled.

Final Thoughts

While the Joby WAVO Air could be a decent option for creators looking for a complete system, its higher price point and the issues I encountered make it tough to recommend, especially when compared to alternatives like the Rode Wireless Go or the more budget-friendly Saramonic kit.


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I hope this review helps you make an informed decision about your audio gear. 

 

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