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Old December 11th, 2005, 08:04 PM   #1
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XLR to 1/8" Stereo

I currently have a Panasonic DVC30 and would like to upgrade my microphone. My choices right now are between the Rhode NTG-2 and the Audio Technica 897.

Now, the DVC30 has an optional accessory which is the XLR adaptor, but because I'm on a very tight budget I can't afford both. I was wondering if I could get away with using a XLR to 1/8" stereo adaptor cable that will be as short as possible (I think I've seen a 1.5ft as the shortest on B&H Photo).

Will there be a significant difference or disadvantages to going this route to actually getting the XLR adpator?

Most of my shooting will be done outdoors. I am a recreational user so if the difference is very minimal, I'm willing to sacrifice that.

Any help will be appreciated, thanks!
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Old December 12th, 2005, 06:14 AM   #2
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You can use the adapter with minimal loss. Make sure you get this one--they are not all wired the same internally:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

Both of those mics are good-sounding with perhaps a slight edge reputedly going to the AT897. However, the NTG-2 has a higher output. Some people have felt that the AT897 without a preamp underpowered the inputs of their cams a bit, but it can be cranked up in post.

The Rode VideoMic has sound quality easily on par with the other two, is as sensitive as the NTG-2, does not require an adapter cable, and comes with a built-in shock mount (you will need a shock mount for the others). All this makes it a great value. I have one and I like it a lot.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 11:52 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Fred.

By the way, are there any differences between the Rode SM3's shockmount to the Azden's SMH-1?

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Both of those mics are good-sounding with perhaps a slight edge reputedly going to the AT897. However, the NTG-2 has a higher output. Some people have felt that the AT897 without a preamp underpowered the inputs of their cams a bit, but it can be cranked up in post.

The Rode VideoMic has sound quality easily on par with the other two, is as sensitive as the NTG-2, does not require an adapter cable, and comes with a built-in shock mount (you will need a shock mount for the others). All this makes it a great value. I have one and I like it a lot.
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