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Old October 25th, 2008, 02:54 PM   #1
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HVR-A1U XLR Box

Well, I went through every single post on this forum and still haven't seen anyone ask or answer this question, so I thought I'd post it.

I have an HVR-A1J and the box on the top that holds the microphone and has the XLR inputs with all the switches for sound mixing has gone bad. The Input 2 has just stopped working, and I was looking into purchasing a new one to replace it, but a) I don't know what it's called, and haven't been able to find anyone listing it or even naming it. I went by the serial number to the sony spare parts website and the part I found that supposedly matched the serial number didn't have a picture associated with it, so I couldn't verify it was the same part. b) I was wondering if that's the only option for that spot, because since I have to buy one anyways, I was wondering if maybe I should upgrade.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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I think it's called an XLR hot shoe or breakout box....
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Old October 27th, 2008, 06:25 PM   #3
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Xlr Block Assy

XLR BLOCK ASSY
Part No: A1133621A
$273.95 USA (The price information is about one year old)
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 05:50 AM   #4
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On a slightly unrelated topic, if you purchase one of these can they be used on a camera other than the A1 or is there a specific connector only for this camera? Would be interesting to know, particularly as if it is, people with FX1s or FX7s might want to have a look.

(sorry for the dumb question :/)
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 07:48 AM   #5
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The XLR block requires the propietory hot shot and firm ware of the A1U.
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 07:56 AM   #6
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Oh I see. How about some of those old adapters that only plugged into the accessory shoe, though? Like those that came with PD100s and I think PDX10s.

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Old December 7th, 2008, 10:42 AM   #7
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The XLR block requires the propietory hot shot and firm ware of the A1U.
It doesn't even work on the HDR-HC1.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #8
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Hi Sheldon, do you still have the faulty XLR (A1133621A) adapter? If so, I would like to buy it. I don't need the microphone, just the box. I have a broadcast engineer friend who has said he could probably repair it.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 08:15 PM   #9
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Maybe a Beachtek box will help

Take a look at this website...

They're got a small double XLR input box that outputs to a mini-phone plug.

Welcome to BeachTek.com!

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Old February 18th, 2010, 06:46 PM   #10
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Thanks for your suggestion Howard. Unfortunately, they only do adapters that fit under the camera. I've built a matte box and rods support that allows cassette removal when fitted to a tripod, so there is nowhere to place a Beachtek type adapter.
If I manage to get hold of the Sony XLR Block Assembly I think it will help if and when I decide to sell the A1.
I would still quite like to hear from Sheldon about his faulty adapter, or anyone else that may have one going spare.
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