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Old February 26th, 2006, 08:47 AM   #1
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I have used the Sony DCR-PC100 for 5 years. I have just upgraded to the HDR-FX1. I have used the FX1 twice already. When a headset it plugged and the volume is cranked to 100%, I can barely hear while recording. When I unplug and play back the tape through the internal speaker, the same problem. I have the volume all the way up and have to put my ear to the on board speaker just to hear it. The audio seems fine when the video is captured to the computer however. After talking with Sony Tech, levels 1, 2 and 3, it was suggested that I send it in for repair which I did. The bench tech called me yesterday and said the camera seems to be working just fine. Has anyone else had this problem. I am ready to go back to my DCR-PC100!
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Old February 26th, 2006, 11:11 AM   #2
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Mike,
You've definitely turned the volume controls (volume + / - ) on the panel under the LCD screen all the way up? The onboard speaker isn't very loud, but you should be able to hear your recording with headphones.

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Old February 26th, 2006, 02:16 PM   #3
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Hi Mike

The onborad mic is pretty crap on this camera... I'm sure Robin will agree, you'll get better audio with a Beatchtek and an At897 than the stock mic.

I use this set up both as an on board mic, and a bom set up and get pretty good sound...

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Old February 26th, 2006, 09:47 PM   #4
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Three comments:

1) The Reference Level for HDV is -20dB not the -12dB used for DV. So it will in fact sound lower than you are used to.

2) It looks like Sony failed to increase the amplifier gain.

3) You may simply need far more sensitive earphones and be sure they are of the correct impedence.
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Old February 26th, 2006, 10:38 PM   #5
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I have an AT822. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if that's going to be a good match for my FX1 when it gets here.
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