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The Ins and Outs of the BeachTek DXA-2s Compact Adapter

Introduction

Face it; your video camera's internal microphones sound pretty bad. But don't despair; the DXA-2s is here, to help ensure superior audio quality on your video projects!

The BeachTek DXA-2s Compact Adapter is a convenient way to connect up to two microphones with an XLR jack to your video camera's MIC input (XLR microphones are the professional ones.) The DXA-2s allows you to attach balanced or unbalanced microphones, and also gives you control over sound levels, with trim controls on each of the two channels.

There is a small screw on the top of the DXA-2s so it can be connected to the tripod adapter of the camera; the bottom is also tripod mountable. As you can see from the above picture, the design of this unit allows it to fit snuggly beneath most small camcorders. It features a powder-coated aluminum case measuring 3.25" in length, by 2.5" in width, by 1.25" in height, and it only weighs 10 ounces, making it very unobtrusive.

The aluminum case and sturdy knobs make this unit solid enough to be used - and even abused - without falling prey to breakage from being dropped. Even the XLR and auxiliary inputs are made to withstand the test of time. All three jacks are very solid, and very snug. Actually on my test unit, the right channel's XLR input was a little too snug, making it difficult to plug a cable in without putting some muscle into it. Despite this small defect, the inputs are manufactured and designed very well.

The front panel of the DXA-2s packs a lot into a small space. Between the two trim knobs are two switches. The upper one is a mono/stereo selector, a handy feature, because if only using one microphone, you wouldn't want to record only to one channel. If in mono mode, make sure to keep the unused channel turned down all the way to avoid excess noise. Under the mono/stereo switch is a ground lift switch, which is useful for reducing ground noise on some camcorders.