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Old November 17th, 2005, 11:58 AM   #31
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Be aware that if you select an adapter without Phantom capability, you are giving up the opportunity to use a lot of microphones...those that don't have internal battery capability.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 12:00 PM   #32
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well it IS gonna be a freelance career besides my studio. So there's just a limit to what kind of money I can spend. As long as I get the possibilty to record two different audiotracks I'm okay I think. There must be a quality mic out there with batteries.

EDIT: Seems like no one is answering inthere.

Anyone inhere that can suggest a handheld and a monomic for replacing the onboard? I'm still not totally sure about wether to go with or without phantom power. Please help me suggest! I'm in a bit of a hurry

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Old November 18th, 2005, 04:43 PM   #33
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I've pretty much decided now that I will get the DXA-4 without phantom power and in case I will need extra power, I will order this one: http://www.giant-squid-audio-lab.com...atterybox.html . It's a very professional microphone creator and their mics are used by pros around the world. I ordered a lavalier and should be receiving it soon.
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Old November 18th, 2005, 05:03 PM   #34
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That battery supply isn't, AFAIK, a phantom power supply. It is meant to replace the power supply for consumer microphones like the Sony's.
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Old November 18th, 2005, 05:11 PM   #35
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Hmm, could be! But for example the more expensive Beachtek also has a 9V battery inside, is it phantom power then?
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Old November 18th, 2005, 05:15 PM   #36
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The lablel, "Phantom power ," says nothing about the voltage level, it is a description of how the power is applied.

Phantom power is applied across the balanced signal lines and not between a signal line and ground as the power unit you suggested is very probably wired.

As to suggesting a microphone, I did when I mentioned the Shure 81C. But it does require phantom power.

I still think you'd be better off with a camera that supplies phantom power.
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Old November 19th, 2005, 10:09 AM   #37
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So to me it sounds like the best solution (with the vx2100) is to get the beachtek adaptor. Put the mic for interviewing in channel 1 and a shotgun microfone in the shoe. But then I won't have the possibility of having a photolight connected. Am I right? Is this really the only possibility?
The Beachtek is a good solution, which allows independent control of each channel. The only drawback is that the audio level indicator only shows the combined output of both channels (the PD170 gives you separate level meters). For mounting multiple accessories on the shoe, I use an NRG 59111 Tri Mount ($29.99 US from www.nrgresearch.com) which gives me three more mounting points.
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