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Old January 18th, 2006, 11:43 AM   #1
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How to convert mini-stereo to XLR?

I have a kind of "reverse" problem. I need to connect a cheap wireless with the typical 1/8 stereo mini-jack to a DVX100 which has, of course, nice XLR inputs. (When I had another camera, I used a studio one adapter to solve the reverse problem, XLR mike to mini-jack camera inputs).

But now I need to connect the "less professional" jack to my XLR only camera.

I would appreciate hearing the specifics of a solution from anyone who has made this work. I expect someone sells an adapter but it's not obvious to me just what I must have or where to find it.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 11:49 AM   #2
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Rode makes an inexpensive adapter.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 11:55 AM   #3
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Any issues? (e.g. phantom power?)

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Rode makes an inexpensive adapter.
I assume you have used this adapter without problems? I also assume that turning on phantom power might be a "bad idea" in this configuration?
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Old January 18th, 2006, 11:57 AM   #4
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I have not yet used the adapter with a phantom powered setup. With battery powered mics -> passive XLR, it works as advertised.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 03:02 PM   #5
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Core Sound makes one as well. It is a female stereo miniplug to 2 x XLR. I couldn't find a direct link to that product, but here is Core Sound's Web site.

http://www.core-sound.com/default.php

I have one, and it is of good quality. I have never forgotten to turn off phantom power using this cable, but I wouldn't suggest it.

I made that mistake connecting a Lectronics transmitter to our mixer using a similar (mono) adapter and it caused a short that killed the batteries in the mixer in about 45 minutes. They felt hot to the touch too when I removed them. The manufacturer said there was no possibility of damage to the mixer (assuming the batteries don't explode!) with this setup though.
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