I use the original Wireless GO quite frequently. However, now I’m starting to also use a Zoom F2 for the 32 bit floating WAV recording that it offers and syncing audio in post. This is important to note, because when Rode first released the Wireless GO II, the original listing on B&H clearly stated that it had the ability to record 32 bit floating audio as well. Furthermore, Rode has a couple of YouTube videos promoting the new Wireless GO II. On one of those videos, I asked to confirm that it offered 32 bit recording, and they replied that it did. One product to replace two that I’ve been using? Perfect! B&H had the Rode Wireless GO II in stock, so I purchased one the day it was released.

Here’s a copy of the initial B&H listing that clearly states that the Wireless GO II supports 32 bit float:

Less than a day after I placed my order, Rode deleted their comments on YouTube about 32 bit floating performance. I couldn’t find any mention of 32 bit float on their website at this time, so I started to have some doubts. I then messaged via Twitter to both B&H and Rode about this. Here’s a screenshot of that conversation. Many parts of which appear to have been hidden from public view:

It turns out that the 32-bit floating feature is marketing nonsense. It’s not a true 32 bit float and doesn’t offer the same features as the Zoom F2. Based upon learning this, I have since returned the Rode Wireless GO II back to B&H. I’ll stick with version 1 and a Zoom F2.

If you have a need for version II, are aware of its pseudo 32 bit audio recording, and are cool with that, then by all means get one. However, now with 32 bit audio recording being available with devices like the Zoom F2, perhaps looking at that in conjunction with the original Wireless GO, might be a better option.

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