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Old November 12th, 2006, 02:31 AM   #1
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XL2 DC out

Greetings all,

I was wondering if anyone knew the specs and/or had experimented with the XL2's DC output socket?

I'm keen to use it (if possible) to power the two radio mic receivers I carry. I estimate this would require approximately 1W.

Cheers all, I'd really appreciate any thoughts you may have.

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Old November 12th, 2006, 09:16 AM   #2
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Err...pardon my ignorance, but I didn't think my XL2 *had* a DC output. The only thing I can see is the phantom power to the XLR jacks.
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Old November 12th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #3
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I may be wrong, but I assume that you are referring to the DC power jack for the supplied Canon microphone, the one right next to the microphone input jack.

If so, then I believe that this supplies +5 volts for the microphone.

I do not think you could use this jack to supply power to normal accessories.

The Canon microphone uses very little power. +5 volt power is good for powering some small electronic circuits, but the +5 volts is not appropriate for your wireless microphone receivers, depending on the model.

If you want to experiment, I would call Canon first. You could attach an appropriate cable and measure the voltage, but I am fairly certain that it is +5 volts. Personally, I would not use it to power other gear.

The XLR Jacks provide +48 Volt phantom power, but this is very limited in current. +48 Volts is not a common voltage for anything other than phantom powered microphones, at least in this industry.

If you want to persue this, please provide more information on your radio receivers.
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