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juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler

B&H # JUDS214 Mfr # DS214
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Product Highlights
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack Input
  • 2 Microphone Channels
  • Comprehensive Metering
  • Gain Settings Per Channel
  • AGC Disabling For DSLR Cameras
  • Headphone Output with Level Control
  • Low-Noise Preamp

The JuicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler is a comprehensive and versatile audio preamp with AGC (Automatic Gain Control) disabling for use with DSLR cameras such as the Canon T2i / 7D. The JuicedLink DS214 features a stereo 1/8" (3.5mm) mini input, capable of handling 2 discrete audio channels (requires a Y cable), a headphone output and level control for each. The DS214 will bypass the DSLR's noisy AGC circuit and establish, clean stable audio signal from external shotgun microphones, lavaliers, wireless microphone receivers and more. The unit also features comprehensive, accurate stereo metering.

Features

2 mic channels via the stereo minijack input
Meters
AGC Disable (to get better SNR from cameras without manual control)
30dB typ max gain
Headphone Amplifier
Low-noise preamp
Enclosure fabricated from Aluminum

Applications

Keep gain of 7D and T2i cameras without manual control from creeping up via the DS214 AGC Disable
Headphone monitoring and metering of minijack mics such as the VideoMic
Dual-system audio with H4n and camera
Add headphones, meters, and AGC Disable to existing CX211/CX231/CX431 preamps
Add headphones, meters, AGC Disable, and preamp to passive-type XLR Adapters
Low-noise preamp fed by low-noise XLR mics (>76dB SNR) via adapter can achieve better SNR from downstream camera
Mounting
Mount DS214 (as well as other camera accessories) using:
o The DIY107 Bracket which mounts to the VideoMic or camera hot shoe (via adapter, not included)
o The DIY102 Left-Side Bracket
o The DIY101 Rectangular Bracket
Made in USA
Online User Manual
Power 9V Battery
Dimensions Approx 3.5 x 3 x 1.7" (88.9 x 76.2 x 43.18mm)
juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    juicedLinkDS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler
     
    4.0

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Improves performance (4)
    • Well built / quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting indoors (3)
      • Shooting outdoors (3)
      • Upgrade (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Film professional (7), Experienced (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Product, Great Service

      I bought the DS214 a half year ago, and it works exactly as advertised. I'm using a Nikon D5100, which has no on-camera audio monitoring. The DS214 is great simply providing that,...Read complete review

      I bought the DS214 a half year ago, and it works exactly as advertised. I'm using a Nikon D5100, which has no on-camera audio monitoring. The DS214 is great simply providing that, but it also does a very noticeable job of reducing noise.

      I was reminded of this because I dropped on pavement in freezing cold weather, and temporarily put it out of service. Going back to using my mic (Videomic Pro) directly to the camera was horror after enjoying the work that the preamp does.

      I would also like to note that JuicedLink has great, no nonsense service. I sent an email about the damage from dropping it (a connection to the 9V battery came loose) and got a prompt, precise reply on how to replace the specific part for a mere $5. Compare that to other manufacturers, where one would have to suffer through time on the phone only to be told to pay $50 or a $100 to ship the device in for repair.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good for Run and Gun

      I bought this to use with my Canon 60D and my inexpensive Azden SGM-1x. It's a light and easy setup, and gets decent audio. The Adzen is not the cleanest mic, but...Read complete review

      I bought this to use with my Canon 60D and my inexpensive Azden SGM-1x. It's a light and easy setup, and gets decent audio. The Adzen is not the cleanest mic, but it would probably be a little cleaner with XLR inputs, so a different JuicedLink box would probably make the sound a little higher quality. However, for the price this is hard to beat, and it's excellent for on-the-move shooting and convenient setup/breakdown of the rig. Definitely a good buy for me. Bear in mind that with most shotguns it requires an adapter cable like the Hosa MIT-156, and there's no phantom power unless you have a separate inline phantom power provider.

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      2.0

      Not sure about this unit yet.

      By S17

      from Dayton, OH

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

            All I can say is that I've used it one time so far since I bought it, for a shoot, and it didn't seem to work correctly. I bought it mostly so that I could use a Y-splitter cable and connect both a Lav and a shoot-gun mic to my DSLR camera and have the audio on separate channels. To do that they tell you that you have to turn the AGC override off which I did, BUT, the override seemed to still be working (because it responded to the volume knobs on the unit) AND most annoyingly my audio was only on one channel with a static track on the other channel, which is how the AGC override is supposed to work. Now both the lav and shotgun audio is married together. I'll give an update on my next outing with this unit to let you know if I figure anything out that I was doing wrong or if the unit simply does not work as it's described to work.

            I also must complain that there is not a good way to attach this to a utility arm or the camera. It has a female thread on one side so that it can be attached to a tripod but that's it. I had to duct tape it to my utility arm.

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            5.0

            Great value for money

            By Kedar

            from Israel

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Poor Grip Design
            • Simplistic Design

            Best Uses

            • Documentary
            • Event Videography
            • Run N~'~~ Gun Shooting

            Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

            Does a great job preamping.good sound quality. sound going straight into the camera, super lightweight, no syncing hassle, allowing me to use 2 sound sources on different L/R channels with a hosa y splitter cable. plus an ajustable headphone monitor jack. I use it for 1 channel external attached mic and 2nd channel for my wireless mic. this setup is extremly efficient and lightweight. not to mention the good price. the only complaint is a poor grip design. they made the 1/4 screw on the side instead of the bottom, but that can be fixed with a third party adapter which goes on the cameras hotshoe mount.

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            4.0

            Great little item

            By Korny Baby

            from Fort Lauderdale, FL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

                I was looking for an audio solution for my dslr camera and this juicedlink item fit the bill perfectly. If you need to monitor your audio and need a great preamp that doesn't need a xlr connection, this is a great choice. There is only one slight drawback: You can only monitor audio coming into preamp, not the actual audio from the camera.

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                5.0

                WOW! Really works!

                By Professor Pic

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Film Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel
                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

                  I am using this with my Nikon D7000 rig and it works great! Clear sound, easy mounting, and best of all, audio manipulation!

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                  5.0

                  Better audio and more control

                  By Teej

                  from Indiana

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Control over audio levels
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                  • Takes work 2 mount easily

                  Best Uses

                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

                  The DS214 from Juicedlink does exaclty what it is supposed to do...work to help me get getter audio from my DSLR.
                  I am using it with my Nikon D7000 which only has 3 preset levels of manual audio control in addition to automatic gain control. With the Juicedlink box I can have better sounding audio and control over the levels I am recording.

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                  1.0

                  Not what I expected

                  By JW

                  from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

                      I bought this for my 7D to disable the AGC. While it works, I found the ergonomics clumsy. The mount didn't work with anything I use and the whole thing seemed upside-down. Had to return it. I'll just keep recording audio to a second source instead of trying to record directly to my DSLR.

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                      4.0

                      it works

                      By garofalo

                      from San Juan Puerto RIco

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Poor Interface

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

                      I use it in a rebel t2i for interviews, sounds clean, and eliminates the auto gain. The way it mounts is a bit unbalanced, you will need a good rig for make it more comfortable to work using this.

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                      5.0

                      A huge time saver!

                      By Shoe

                      from Denver

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

                        For run and gun this is a must have for every 7d kit! money well spent, easy to set up and use. Arrived days before promissed.

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Product, Great Service

                        By Jeff

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

                          I bought the DS214 a half year ago, and it works exactly as advertised. I'm using a Nikon D5100, which has no on-camera audio monitoring. The DS214 is great simply providing that, but it also does a very noticeable job of reducing noise.

                          I was reminded of this because I dropped on pavement in freezing cold weather, and temporarily put it out of service. Going back to using my mic (Videomic Pro) directly to the camera was horror after enjoying the work that the preamp does.

                          I would also like to note that JuicedLink has great, no nonsense service. I sent an email about the damage from dropping it (a connection to the 9V battery came loose) and got a prompt, precise reply on how to replace the specific part for a mere $5. Compare that to other manufacturers, where one would have to suffer through time on the phone only to be told to pay $50 or a $100 to ship the device in for repair.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Good for Run and Gun

                          By MediaMan

                          from Jackson, MS

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adds headphones and meter
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality sound

                          Cons

                          • A bit noisy at high gain
                          • No XLR inputs

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentary
                          • Events
                          • General-purpose semi-pro
                          • Performances
                          • Run-and-gun

                          Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

                          I bought this to use with my Canon 60D and my inexpensive Azden SGM-1x. It's a light and easy setup, and gets decent audio. The Adzen is not the cleanest mic, but it would probably be a little cleaner with XLR inputs, so a different JuicedLink box would probably make the sound a little higher quality. However, for the price this is hard to beat, and it's excellent for on-the-move shooting and convenient setup/breakdown of the rig. Definitely a good buy for me. Bear in mind that with most shotguns it requires an adapter cable like the Hosa MIT-156, and there's no phantom power unless you have a separate inline phantom power provider.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          No more noise

                          By Stratt

                          from Guam

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about juicedLink DS214 DSLR Camera Headphone Amp, Meter & AGC Disabler:

                            the DS214 got rid of all the noise and I can monitor it with headphones. Best of all, no more audio sync with external recording devices, although that's always an option.

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