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juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power

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Product Highlights
  • 48V and 12V Phantom Power
  • 2 XLR Balanced Inputs
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini Output
  • Three Gain Settings
  • Attenuator Control Dials
  • Mounts to Camera Bottom
  • 9V Battery Operation
  • 16 Hour Operation

The JuicedLink CX231 Camera Mountable Mixer / Preamplifier lets camcorder and prosumer camera owners connect professional microphones and line devices to their cameras. The mixer mounts to the base of camcorders and features two XLR inputs for balanced or unbalanced connection of microphones, recorders, additional mixers, etc.

The CX231 is capable of providing 12 and 48V phantom power to condenser microphones. A 1/8" (3.5mm) mini output and 9 inch (22.86cm) long cable (supplied) connect to the camera audio input. There are three gain settings and two attenuation knobs for controlling audio level.

The High/Mid/Low gain settings help control signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in clear audio results with a low noise floor. The CX231 is powered with a 9V alkaline battery for up to 16 hours (not included) and supplied with an output cable and allen wrench.

12V and 48V Phantom Power
XLR connections for consumer and prosumer cameras
1/8" (3.5mm) mini output and cable supplied
Accepts balanced and unbalanced signals
High, Mid and Low gain settings with attenuator dial
Mounts to the bottom of camcorders and tripod tops
Connections Input: 3-pin XLR Connections x2
Output: 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini
Phantom Power 48V and 12V (Power Conservation Mode)
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz +/- 1dB
Power 9V Alkaline Battery (Not Included)
16 Hours
Consumption: Up to 16 hours
Dimensions 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.53" (10.92 x 8.6 x 3.88cm)
Weight 12oz (340g) (without battery)
juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power
  • Mini 1/8" (3.5mm) Cable (9") (22.86cm)
  • 1/8" Allen Wrench Key
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    juicedLinkCX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power
     
    4.3

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (18)
    • Lightweight (16)
    • Compact (15)
    • Good audio (15)
    • Versatile (7)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (4)
    • Bulky/heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (13)
    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Performances (6)
    • Home studio (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (18)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    performed beyond expectation...

    It performed better than expected, I actually hooked it up to my Mac Mini and it recorded sound beautifully, but the 9 volt battery quickly dies off if you're on for too long about...Read complete review

    It performed better than expected, I actually hooked it up to my Mac Mini and it recorded sound beautifully, but the 9 volt battery quickly dies off if you're on for too long about an hours worth of juice (if phantom power is used) but if you are hooking it up to a camcorder then you can have the best sound ever providing you are not using phantom-powered mics. It could use a power adapter for those times you are taping indoors, limited usage outdoors with phantom powered or if you don't mind brining a couple of 9V batteries with you the 4 stars is for the lack of adapter. The 3.5mm adapter is well wired, tough and right-angled for distress.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    This is not the right one for video DSLR

    I am using a canon 5d mark ii, and i should have gotten the other model DT454(paid the extra 100). I use high quality mic's, and the adjustements just can't make it...Read complete review

    I am using a canon 5d mark ii, and i should have gotten the other model DT454(paid the extra 100). I use high quality mic's, and the adjustements just can't make it with this lower end version. note also, simple things like audio monitoring are EXTREMELY difficult with this model. The higher end model has, for example ear phone jacks, this one doesn't. I'm just irritated i waisted [$] on this by not paying attention to the features and paying too much attention to the reviews.

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    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    This is not the right one for video DSLR

    By Patrick Faith

    from Pleasanton, ca

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Difficult To Use
      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

      I am using a canon 5d mark ii, and i should have gotten the other model DT454(paid the extra 100). I use high quality mic's, and the adjustements just can't make it with this lower end version. note also, simple things like audio monitoring are EXTREMELY difficult with this model. The higher end model has, for example ear phone jacks, this one doesn't. I'm just irritated i waisted [$] on this by not paying attention to the features and paying too much attention to the reviews.

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      5.0

      Great American made product

      By Rosscoe

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

          Great little device. It works great and is easy to carry.

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          4.0

          Ok for what it can do!

          By bluecity

          from Chicago/Milwaukee

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

              Sound really good. There a white you can hear in play back, but it maybe something I'm doing wrong.

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              4.0

              Quality product made in the USA

              By T.J.

              from NY

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Interface With Camcorder
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Upgrade

                Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                The product is easy to use. Simply load up a battery, plug in your mic to one of the XLR inputs and turn the baby on. The Gain switch and the Trim dial(s) are all you need to get the crisp clean sound. Be sure to disable the Automatic Gain Controls. If that's impossible for your prosumer camcorder manually adjust the volume controls so you don't get any background hissing, adjust the gain (I use medium) and the trim (all the way up) and get great audio.A downfall is that I've read around that people have received faulty or defective products by Juicedlink (incomplete construction, or missing screws). My previous device didn't stay powered with the battery fully in place. But from what I did with it I was impressed with the quality of it's output. I simply returned my defective device and received a fully functional one, a couple of days later. B&H [...]

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                4.0

                Great Sound Quality After Testing

                By ConceptOneFilm

                from Corpus Christi, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events

                Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                I use this mixer with a Canon EOS 60D camera, and a Panasonic shotgun. After testing the audio for a while I finally found the sweet spot. I have to turn the phantom power up to 48V, turn the gain on "high" and crank the mixer volume all the way up.

                A lot of the noise that was coming in through the audio was from the 60D, and not the mixer. So a lot of DSLR owners may think its the mixer and not the camera.

                On the 60D I have to turn the volume onto "manual mode" then turn the volume all the way down. Then I turn it up just six to eight notches on the camera. This canceled out all of the noise and then I could mess with the db on Final Cut.

                In the end, the audio quality is great for run and gun shooting. For film shoots I would still go with a separate recording device and use a slate.

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                4.0

                Works great...for a price

                By Benjy

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • EXPENSIVE

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                I've had the JL now for a couple weeks, and I do think it's a really good solution to using high-quality mics on consumer-grade camcorders. I like that I would be able to use two mics at once, and the options for how much sound actually goes into the camera affords a lot of options. I felt like it's priced really high for what it does, but I also didn't see a whole lot of other options for using a shotgun mic on a Canon Vixia, other than some new camera-mounted mics that are starting to hit the market. The other thing -- make sure you take the 9V battery out when you're not using them; mine seemed to drain even when the power was off. Otherwise, it really does its job.

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                1.0

                [...]

                By Jim the pro

                from Hollywood California

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                This Juiced Link turned out to be a waste of production money. The audio it records is horrible 50 percent of the time(really unreliable). The cx231 compared to the H4N is a waste of engineering and money for someone trying to make a film and get some good audio. I normally dont write reviews but I just want to save some poor soult out there from wasting 300 on cx 231 juiced link.

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                5.0

                A lifesaver!

                By JTC Media

                from Manassas, Virgina

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • No monitoring

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Interviews
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                Being a one man crew I always had issues trying to deal with audio for DSLR video, and sometimes would resort to running an extra XH-A1 just to have phantom power and XLR adapters. Now, between the Magic Lantern firmware hack for Canon DSLRs and the CX231, I can take audio directly into a T2i/550D and it sounds great. The time this saves me in post and the improvement it provides in audio quality is absolutely tremendous.

                Preamps are very clean, battery life even when supplying phantom seems reasonably good, and it's clear the developer was a film/audio guy because just about all the instructions you'll need are printed on the unit itself, along with a bunch of recessed switches that will allow this to take in mic or line levels, switch pan, provide +12 or +48 phantom, and adjust gain. This unit also mounts flush top and bottom, helpful for mounting options.

                Nothing terribly fancy, just well designed, rugged and effective pro equipment for those who might enjoy saving a few steps in their workflow. This pays for itself in saved time the first time you use it.

                The only think it's missing is a headphone jack, which would be helpful with DSLRs that don't include one, or have one that is fragile to hardware hacks.

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                4.0

                Had the features I needed.

                By TJS

                from Western Bank of Iowa

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Price
                • Quality control

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Upgrade

                Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                I like this because it has phantom power and VERY clean signal. I gave it four stars because mine was missing a screw holding the XLR jack and the knobs and switches seem a little flimsy ... time will tell. The housing is rock solid and attaches firmly. The CX231 attaches to the camera with an Allen wrench screw to keep it out of the way of the tripod. For the price it should include a Allen wrench to keep with the camera. There aren't many options if you looking for a product like this. This fills the need very well but there could be some improvements.

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                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Juicedlink Excellent

                By Jenananda

                from Michigan

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                      It's wonderful using a product made in the Good Ole USA that beats the socks off the foreign competitors. Works great.

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                      5.0

                      Works like a Champ

                      By Travis Petty

                      from Dallas, TX

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                          Works exactly as it should. Every time.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Stunning Mixer for DSLR shooting

                          By Ben the DP

                          from Denver, CO

                          About Me Film Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches to camera
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                          • No direct monitoring
                          • No LED levels

                          Best Uses

                          • DSLR video production

                          Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                          I use this mixer with my Canon 60D so I can use the audio and avoid running second system sound. It does exactly what it says and I couldn't be happier. Takes a little bit of testing to make sure you've got the levels where you want them, but I typically run the left channel as a good level and the right channel as my safety track... so far I've not been disappointed! I would've loved to have purchase a Wendt X3, but I simply didn't have the cash.

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                          4.0

                          Pro sound on a consumer camcorder

                          By Old teacher

                          from Quebec

                          About Me Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction
                          • Standard XLR and Phantom

                          Cons

                          • No output level indicator

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors

                          Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                          I use the CX231 mixer in a small studio where I plug my standard microphones with XLR and Phantom. The preamp is good and convenient for line level sources.

                          I would like to have a small VU meter or LEDs indicator. It takes a few tries to find the correct TRIM level

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                          3.0

                          It's not you Juicedlink--it's the camera

                          By Dave

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Is EXACTLY as described

                          Cons

                          • DSLRs have bad audio

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                            I pre-ordered my Canon 5DmkII at the end of 2008 and was shooting HD video ever since it arrived.

                            The problem has always been the audio--we've had to shoot two-piece audio and sync it up later. I carry a Zoom H4n for industrial and web use, and we use a Sound Devices 744T for documentary and broadcast work.

                            Ever since the firmware update to the Canon 5DmkII (allowing manual control over audio input), I've wanted to find a solution for simple shoots where I could record audio right into the camera.

                            And the CX231 performs EXACTLY as advertised. the features are great & unlike some other brands, it's not noisy.

                            The problem is that MIC IN is the only option on these cameras, and the cheap microphone pre-amplifiers are SO BAD that I can't use the camera for recording audio, no matter how badly I want to.

                            Three stars because the JuicedLink is exactly what they say it is.

                            But unfortunately, I returned mine. For most professionals, Canon DSLR cameras simply should not be used for recording audio.

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                            4.0

                            A terrific device.

                            By George

                            from Olivebridge, NY

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Interviews
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                              I use this with a Canon HV40 camcorder and a Sennheiser ME66 shotgun mic. Mostly to record interviews.

                              It helps me to record clean sound.

                              I would have given this 5 stars, except for the poor design component requiring one to detach the device each time the camcorder battery has to be changed. Also, you need an allen wrench to attach and detach the unit from your camcorder. Neither of this is a huge deal.

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                              4.0

                              Good Mixer

                              By standardeluxe

                              from Texas

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound

                              Cons

                              • Bulky/Heavy
                              • Odd shape

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                                Good product, we're using on the Canon EOS 5D Mark ii. Audio recordings have much less noise than I was getting with a BeachTek. Overall design is clunkier and less appealing than the BeachTek, also mic and line switches are on the bottom and are tough to access when mounted.

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                                5.0

                                Professional and a post time saver!

                                By biglittle

                                from North Hollywood, CA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • none

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                                After reading all the reviews on the Juicedlink products I decided to try it out. As soon as the CX231 was in the mix, even before the DN101, there is a big improvement in sound quality. I am using it for my T2i so the weight actually helps a lot. When used in conjunction with the DN101, it eliminates all hiss and noise, so there is very little to worry about sound-wise in post. I love it!

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                                5.0

                                Nice quiet XLR phantom power preamp

                                By unbiasd

                                from Flushing, NY USA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                                  I took a chance buying this XLR phantom power adapter with preamp hoping it would serve audiophile grade purposes (that is provide ample phantom power for high end AKG C414B-XLS mic pair along with quiet and uncolored sound passthrough to my digital recorders (Edirol R09 and Sony PCM-D50). It does all of this very well and I am happy with it. I am picky about my audio and this unit turned out to be A-0kay.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great with DN101 and Canon 5dmkII

                                  By kcphotog

                                  from Colorado

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Events
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                                    I use this and the DN101 a Canon 5DmkII when recording video. The sound now matches the video quality. The noise floor is now very low, I don't have a good enough studio to really put a number on how low, but I think it is less than -54db. Now I can just worry about good mic placement and all the other things that ruin field audio. This and the DN101 work for me. Remember the DN101 takes the right channel audio to defeat the AGC in the camera so the audio will be single channel (mono), but a great single channel. A firmware hack is available if you need both audio channels and then the DN101 would not be needed. I wish the preamp/mixer and DN101 could be purchased as a combined unit.

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                                    4.0

                                    performed beyond expectation...

                                    By Mario

                                    from weehawken nj

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Could use DC adapter
                                    • Pricey

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Mobile DJ

                                    Comments about juicedLink CX231 Audio Mixer and Preamplifier for Camcorders with Phantom Power:

                                    It performed better than expected, I actually hooked it up to my Mac Mini and it recorded sound beautifully, but the 9 volt battery quickly dies off if you're on for too long about an hours worth of juice (if phantom power is used) but if you are hooking it up to a camcorder then you can have the best sound ever providing you are not using phantom-powered mics. It could use a power adapter for those times you are taping indoors, limited usage outdoors with phantom powered or if you don't mind brining a couple of 9V batteries with you the 4 stars is for the lack of adapter. The 3.5mm adapter is well wired, tough and right-angled for distress.

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