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Phantom Power vs Battery Power Mics
« on: March 03, 2005, 10:20:33 AM »
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I'm in negotiations to buy a Sennheiser MKH416T shotgum mic, which runs on T Power. Up until today, I had no idea that mics ran on anything else but the single AA battery that I screwed into the body. All the Sennheiser mics I've rented have always been like this. Now, people are telling me that phantom powered mics (or in my case, a T Power Box), are the Pro standard.

Anybody have any experience with this sort of thing? Any comments?

I know that if I had a mixer it would be the power supply and I could plug the mic right into it, but I can't afford a mixer right now, nor do I really need one, as I just wanna go straight into the Canon XL1S.
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2005, 12:44:03 PM »
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I think you'll be fine going into the XL-1s; I'm no electrician, but unless someone says otherwise, that should give you all the power you need.

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2005, 05:38:53 PM »
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Mic power either comes from a battery or from phantom power...power sent to the mic by another device.  Sometimes cameras have a built in preamp with phantom power.   The xl1s does not have phantom power in it's preamp.  (see http://www.saferseas.com/vsd/eye/audio.html towards bottom).  The XL2 has one though.  So you will need an adapter (all over internet) or a mixer with phantom power.  You can get a decent mixer from musicians friend with phantom power for about $49 ( http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=home/search/detail/base_pid/631238/ ) or a field mixer for $99 ( http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=home/search/detail/base_pid/631224/ ).  

Even when you get a mixer, it will have to have phantom power specified to power the mic...many do not.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2005, 03:50:57 PM »
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Cheers, guys, thanks for the info.


I went out and bought a portable power box that clips onto a belt, and it runs both phantom AND T-power, so I'm sorted. It's also got a built in attenuator and a LF switch, so that helps. The mic is a touch older, but it looks like a workbeast, and I can't wait to try it out.
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When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

 

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