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Old August 11th, 2005, 10:20 AM   #31
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...In reguards to the DXA-6, you have to have both or none with phantom power...
WHAT?? Where did that info come from? The DXA-6 has separate power supplies with separate switches for each channel. So you can use one mic with phantom applied and one without.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 12:53 PM   #32
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WHAT?? Where did that info come from? The DXA-6 has separate power supplies with separate switches for each channel. So you can use one mic with phantom applied and one without.
If there is some hidden feature I don't know about, then as far as I can tell, it puts the power to both channels. Here is a link:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

There are 5 switches on the DXA-6. One for Phantom power, two for the separate L and R channels to specify Line or Mic, one for Mono/Stereo, and one for different Ground configurations. This is what it says in the description: "48 Volt phantom power on both channels for use with professional Condenser Mics". So if you do know a way to get them to separate channels, please let me know.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 01:02 PM   #33
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You can use one channel with phantom power and one without phantom on the DXA-6.

Swithces on the front panel on a DXA-6, from left to right:
- Power - On/Off
- Left Phantom - On/Off
- Left Mic/Line - On/Off
- Right Phantom - On/Off
- Right Mic/Line - On/Off

Keep in mind that if you use a DXA-6 with 10 steps on each volume control and records in stereo the stereo signal will be out of phase. There are new designed DXA-6's out now, with 30 steps on each volume control and most important, a stereo signal recorded with the DXA-6 is in phase.

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Old August 11th, 2005, 01:05 PM   #34
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Wow, apologies, Brett. The one on B&H's page IS as you say. But this is the one that Roger and I are talking about:

http://www.beachtek.com/dxa6.html

Since it's on Beachtek's own site, I assume it's the later design. So get on the phone and tell B&H you want to return the one you have, and why. Under the circumstances I'm sure they will accept the return even if you're well over 7 days.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 01:10 PM   #35
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Having reread Roger's post I'm unsure as to which one is the current model. I'd be surprised if Beachtek reduced the functionality by removing separate phantom control. Send an inquiry to Harry@beachtek.com. He is very responsive.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 02:00 PM   #36
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Thanks for the advice Fred and Roger. Unfortunately, I bought my Beachtek DXA-6 on Ebay from a store. It is the same as the model on the B&H site. I don't really have any regrets because it was brand new in the box and I got it for $177.00 (about the price of the DXA-4P). Oh well, I can always just buy a separate Phantom power supply for about $60 if I need it. I don't think I do now though because I dont have any mics that I'll be using together that are battery powered/ and another that's phantom powered.

I did plug my VideoMic into the DXA-6 the other day for a test and I turned on the phantom. There isn't any difference with it on in my opinion. The only difference is if the VideoMic is plugged strait into the camera, its much louder and more sensitive than if its plugged into the Beachtek. Anyway, thanks for all your comments/suggestions. These boards rock!
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Old August 11th, 2005, 02:07 PM   #37
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Having reread Roger's post I'm unsure as to which one is the current model.
The model i am reffering to is the newly designed DXA-6 that i received directly from Canada yesterday. :)

And you are right Fred, Harry is very responsive.

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Old August 11th, 2005, 03:45 PM   #38
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Brett, you may have the older DXA-6. It only has phantom on the left channel and the right channel is not powered. If you look closely at the Phantom power switch, there is a line going from the switch to the left channel only. Also, on the rear, the labeling says "48V PH" next to the left XLR. On the later DXA-6s, there are two Phantom power switches and both XLRs can be powered independently. I believe the photo on B&H is of the old model with description for the new model. Did you happen to get your DXA-6 from Alkit?

BTW, I have the old model.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 03:50 PM   #39
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Yes Guy, I did get it from Alkit....
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Old August 11th, 2005, 04:16 PM   #40
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Brett,
Please email me -- guy at fortvir.net.
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