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Old May 30th, 2008, 01:22 AM   #1
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Headphone Audio Question

Hi folks, I noticed the headphone audio from the EX1 is quite low at the average volume. Is that normal? The mic was the onboard mic. When I hooked up an ME66, it was a little louder but I had to crank up the volume on the "monitor vol" to hear it clearly. I removed the headphone and the onboard speaker is even softer! My FX1 has a louder pair of speakers for sure. Is it normal?
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Old May 30th, 2008, 03:38 AM   #2
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have you checked to make sure the two "Audio Level" dials at the back near the Sxs card slots are turned up?
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Old May 30th, 2008, 03:50 AM   #3
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Of course, getting the right level of audio (proper trim level and appropriate gain) is the basic thing to check; but assuming Sean is not making any trivial error here, it has to be stated that - starting with the V1, I think - Sony has chosen to drastically lower the monitoring output level (both the speaker and headphones).

Having good headphones is therefore even more necessary than ever before; I've just bought myself the Sennheiser HD 25-1 mk II - what a difference! Highly recommended...
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The headphone level is low because the microphone level is too low. I turned up the audio input trim to remedy the problem.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 04:00 AM   #5
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The headphone level is low because the microphone level is too low. I turned up the audio input trim to remedy the problem.
I'm afraid it's not that easy, Gints. Just search this forum for audio distortion problem threads - with some (most?) mics, the trimming must be quite aggressive to avoid clipping problems.
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Having good headphones is therefore even more necessary than ever before; I've just bought myself the Sennheiser HD 25-1 mk II - what a difference! Highly recommended...
Piotr:

Could you compare the sensitivity of your Sennheiser with the Sony 7506 or similar headphones?
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Old May 30th, 2008, 04:26 AM   #7
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Sorry Dave - don't have access to the other headphones...
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I'm using 7509HD's with my EX1 and they have good solid levels. When the camera gets back from Sony Service, I'll try to see what level I've been running them at.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 11:38 AM   #9
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Hi folks. I set the ME66 with the roll over on Auto mode and it worked fine at a dinner tonight. Only the headphone audio level wasnt very high at the average level. I bumped it up to 3/4 and it was good with my Senn PXC250. They worked much better on the FX1 but it is obvious the matching isnt that good on the EX1. BTW, I noticed a setting that says -41dB for the mic input. Is that normal? Sorry if these r basic stuff but its my first encounter with XLR mics. I had an easy time with the Rode Stereo mics in the past so its time to learn. Thks all!
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