Nope, it’s true, a $


 Nope, it’s true, a $20 lav isn’t going to beat a Countryman and a cheapy shotgun won’t match a Scheops.  That said, getting the sound acquisition away from your camera (especially ones with tape transits like the XH-A1*) is going to yield better results.

*Tape sounds and handling noise raises the noise floor way past acceptable levels.

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