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Old March 23rd, 2008, 06:15 AM   #1
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Connecting azden 200 receiver to fx1

I need a little advice, When connecting the azden 200 dual channel receiver to my Sony FX1 do you use the wire with the single black line on tip to camera or the the end with 2 black lines to camera ,I get confused. Any info out there as to proper way of connecting audio/ mics to camcorders. I know one is mono and the other is Stereo. Please help with a simple explanation .thanks much
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:52 AM   #2
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Hello Michael,

Plugs and how many conductors they have is just plumbing. How the plugs are *wired is what counts. Perhaps that's why you're have trouble wrapping your head around this. You can't tell how a plug or adapter is wired just by looking at it.

The black lines are insulators. If your plug has one black line, it has a tip and a sleeve. Normally you'll see this referred to as TS (tip sleeve). For audio, this is usually an unbalanced mono connection.

Two black lines means two insulators; a tip, a ring and a sleeve. Normally you'll see this as TRS. For audio this can be a balanced mono audio plug or an unbalanced stereo plug.

It can also be a *specially wired mono plug, as is the case with Rode's Video Mic. The Rode Video Mic is a mono mic designed to be plugged into a stereo camcorder input. The tip and ring are wired together so that the mono signal from the mic reaches both left and right channels in the camcorder. The sleeve is the ground.

I've seen 1/4" TRS jacks wired to be able to accept mono TS and TRS plugs, but I have never seen 1/4" jacks wired to accept mono and stereo plugs. I don't recall seeing this with the 1/8" jacks you see on camcorders, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist.

Hope this helps.

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Old March 23rd, 2008, 09:23 AM   #3
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Thanks so very much . Very well explained
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