Building on its popular Blink 500 Series, Saramonic has unleashed a wireless audio system that takes the original Blink concept and an adds a whole slew of features for the discerning professional. It’s called the Blink 500 Pro, and it comes in single-transmitter and dual-transmitter configurations, giving you a longer battery life, better sonics, a better operating range, a more durable design, and more.
The whole package is designed to give you mission-critical performance in the field. For instance, Saramonic knows you need accessible, dependable controls on location to get the levels right and troubleshoot any issues on the spot. That’s why the company has built the Blink 500 Pro with a high-contrast, 128 x 64 pixel OLED display. You’ll never be in the dark when it comes to controlling the signal from the device. Saramonic also knows you demand long battery life from your gear, which is why it upped the run time from 5 hours to 8 hours on a single charge. And, the company knows you need options in the microphone department.
Like the Blink 500, the Blink 500 Pro comes with a lapel mic. And like its forebearer, the 500 Pro’s transmitter doubles as a built-in microphone. However, this built-in microphone sounds even better with its higher sensitivity, requiring less gain to get a strong signal level.
Dedicated line out and headphone outputs give the option to route the signal at different levels, so you can route sound right to the camera from the receiver, all while monitoring on cans. The receiver gives you the choice to utilize stereo or mono outputs; now you can select how you want to route the audio, which gives you more options for editing two-way conversations in post.
Whether you choose the single-transmitter or dual-transmitter system, you’ll love the included carrying case. It’s durable and sleek, and it lets you get all the devices talking to each other quickly with one-touch pairing. Plus, in the case, the receiver and transmitter devices charge in 3 hours and show real-time charging status.
Other goodies are also included, such as lavalier clips, foam windscreens, and furries for the transmitter to help with wind noise. You also get a zipper bag for transportation, charging cables for multiple USB types, and dedicated 3.5mm cables for cameras (TRS) and compatible smartphones (TRS to TRRS).