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Old June 29th, 2004, 06:35 PM   #1
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quality difference between XLR and mini-stereo plug

How much difference is there between using an XLR connection vs. a standard stereo plug, which most lower end cameras use?

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Old June 29th, 2004, 06:39 PM   #2
 
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In terms of quality of audio, none. In terms of how cables are run in terms of distance, there is a lot of difference.
3.5 mm plugs are for very short runs of less than 10 feet or so. Ideally, you have long runs of balanced cable that terminate in a direct box or transformer device that converts the signal to high impedance for the last 12" of run or so, from ground to camera, from underslung box on the camera such as the Studio Devices or Beachtek, and then the 3.5 mm plug is used to input to the cam.
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Old June 29th, 2004, 06:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I am just a bit confused though. Maybe this will help.

I have a gl1 camcorder and am looking to do some interviews with a wireless mic. The mics with the XLR inputs are quite a bit more expensive, so I was just wondering if I would suffer any quality loss going with a mic with a stereo plus input. Also, is VHF ok for the wireless mics?

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First, VHF is always risky, but quite doable in close quarters. You run a much higher risk of interference, but quality is quite acceptable when all is working well. Depends on the wireless. And price isn't necessarily related to quality.

If your cable run from the receiver of the wireless is less than a couple feet, you'll suffer no loss of quality using the 3.5mm (stereo mini) input.
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Old July 2nd, 2004, 04:23 PM   #5
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DSE,

Are you saying that if I output my Sen ME66K6 through a short XLR to minijack converter (just a short cable is all it is), that there is no need to use my beechtek XLR adaptor on my GL2?

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Old July 2nd, 2004, 04:31 PM   #6
 
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more or less, that's what I'm saying, yes. If you are using the Beachtek to attenuate the 66, and you find that the Canon pre can't attenuate it enough, then you may still want/need to use the Beachtek.
But, if it's a short cable, has a transformer built in to convert lo to hi z, then you'd need nothing more.
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Before I try that this weekend, are you confident that the battery powered k6 module is not going to send a signal strong enough to damage the GL2? I know it's just a 1.5v AA battery, but I feel the need to ask.
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No, the battery isn't going to send a signal strong enough to damage the GL. Valid question...but no, this isn't an issue.
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Old July 2nd, 2004, 04:49 PM   #9
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Thanks.

I'll give it a try this weekend.
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Old July 3rd, 2004, 01:13 AM   #10
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excellent advise! Now I wish I did not purchase 2 beechtek XLR adaptors.

Thanks for the help DSE.
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