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juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power

B&H # JURM222 MFR # RM222
juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power

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Product Highlights

  • Two Locking XLR Input Connectors
  • Low-Noise Microphone Preamplifiers
  • Switchable 12V / 48V Phantom Power
  • Audio Output Bracketing Feature
  • Mic/Line Signal Level Switches
  • Hi/Lo Gain Level Switches
  • Optional Mono Summing
  • Selective Power-Down
  • 1/8" Output for DSLR Compatibility
  • Powered by a 9V Battery
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The RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power by juicedLink is designed for cameras which already have audio meters, manual gain control, and a headphone output. The RM222 features efficient operation, small size, and a lightweight design for mounting flexibility. It can even be mounted in the hot-shoe on top of your camera.

The RM222 features 2 locking XLR inputs with low-noise microphone preamplifiers. Each channel includes a Mic/Line level switch, a Hi/Lo gain switch, and a Phantom power switch. The onboard Phantom power voltage is selectable between 48V/12V. The inputs can also be summed mono, copying each input to both sides. The right channel can be completely powered down to conserve battery power if not needed.

When engaged, the Audio Output Bracketing feature of the RM222 ensures that your audio inputs won't clip or distort. By placing the RM222's performance in mono and enabling the 16dB pad on the right channel, you end up with two signals with identical content, yet the right is recorded 16dB lower. This way if a sudden loud noise or a boomy portion of audio is recorded, you'll have a backup track with headroom in case the 0dB output clips.

The RM222 Riggy-Micro uses a 9V battery. High capacity lithium-polymer rechargeable batteries can be used as well as alkaline. The low-battery indicator can be switched between alkaline or lithium-polymer threshold, so you can use either chemistry without leaving unnecessary capacity in the battery.

Input Connectors 2 x XLR balanced
Phantom Power 12V or 48V, switchable
Gain Up to 30 dB maximum available gain
Switches 2 x Mic/Line level (1 per channel)
2 x Hi/Lo gain (1 per channel)
1 x Phantom Off/12V/48V (global)
1 x L Phantom On/Off
1 x R Phantom On/Off
1 x Stereo/Mono
1 x R Channel Power Off/On
1 x R Channel -16 dB Pad
1 x ENC Ground Norm/Lift
1 x LiPoly/Alkaline
Output Connector 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0 /-1.5 dB
Battery Life (approx.)
  • 16 hrs (2 XLR inputs active, fresh Alkaline battery)
  • 40 hrs (1 XLR input active, fresh Alkaline battery)
  • Battery life with Phantom is non-linear, depends on microphones
Dimensions (W x D x H) 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.5" (76 x 89 x 38 mm)
Weight 8 oz (227 g)
juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power
  • 9" (23cm) Length, 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS Stereo Audio Cable
  • 1/8" Hex Key
  • Black Nylon 1/4"-20 Nut
  • Cork Strip
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    juicedLinkRM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Improves performance (5)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (4)
    • Well built / quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting indoors (4)
      • Shooting outdoors (4)
      • Travel (4)
      • Home movies (3)
      • Upgrade (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Film professional (4), Aspiring film maker (3), Tech savvy (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent!!

      This is an excellent preamp. I purchased it for my GH4 and it works flawlessly. It's easy to use and produces excellent results. I don't know why people complain about the switches on...Read complete review

      This is an excellent preamp. I purchased it for my GH4 and it works flawlessly. It's easy to use and produces excellent results. I don't know why people complain about the switches on the underside being too complicated. If you can't figure out how to set this up after you've read through JuicedLink's quick-start guide, then you should probably be hiring an audio mixer on your shoots because it's pretty basic stuff. Once you've set it up, you really don't have to mess with it again. I like that the switches are recessed and not easily altered...again...set it up to your linking and don't worry about it again.The unit is lightweight but is still sturdy. The dials are smooth and feel of the highest quality. The only thing that you have to be careful of is the 9V battery carriage. It's cheaper plastic but doesn't worry me much because I'm not overly hard on my gear. I do like how it will not allow you to insert a 9V incorrectly into the battery compartment.A great product and much easier than recording audio separately.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Tripod screw too offset

      The riggy is well put together and I'm happy with the audio quality, but the actual shape of the thing makes it extremely awkward to use. The worst aspect, in my mind, is...Read complete review

      The riggy is well put together and I'm happy with the audio quality, but the actual shape of the thing makes it extremely awkward to use. The worst aspect, in my mind, is that the tripod screw is set on the very edge of the unit. If you mount it on the bottom of your camera and want to use a tripod, the whole thing winds up being wobbly and tilts to one side. It makes any camera I've used it with (D800, D5300, GH3) far more awkward. If it was just shaped a little different it'd be much more useable.

      My general impression is that a lot of thought went into the electronics side of things and no where near enough into making it nice to use as part of a system.

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      5.0

      a great toy

      By tony g

      from san antonio, tx

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel

        Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

        I purchased this unit after a long review of audio units that could record a safe audio track . I used this unit this past weekend and it worked flawlessly.
        thumbs up to juiced link for a great product.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great addition to a kit.

        By robbie

        from New York

        Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

        But this for shooting educational films from a hospital. The quality in comparison to that of the Canon 50 mkiii is impeccable. Great piece of equipment overall

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        5.0

        Excellent!!

        By Tyg5

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Replacement
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel
          • Upgrade

          Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

          This is an excellent preamp. I purchased it for my GH4 and it works flawlessly. It's easy to use and produces excellent results. I don't know why people complain about the switches on the underside being too complicated. If you can't figure out how to set this up after you've read through JuicedLink's quick-start guide, then you should probably be hiring an audio mixer on your shoots because it's pretty basic stuff. Once you've set it up, you really don't have to mess with it again. I like that the switches are recessed and not easily altered...again...set it up to your linking and don't worry about it again.The unit is lightweight but is still sturdy. The dials are smooth and feel of the highest quality. The only thing that you have to be careful of is the 9V battery carriage. It's cheaper plastic but doesn't worry me much because I'm not overly hard on my gear. I do like how it will not allow you to insert a 9V incorrectly into the battery compartment.A great product and much easier than recording audio separately.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Works well

          By Mdominic

          from NYC

          Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

          This was exactly what I needed to get good sound into my DSLR. No complaints.

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          5.0

          Compact, solid design

          By Alaskan Photographer

          from Kenai, Alaska

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Interface With Camcorder
          • Improves Performance
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Replacement
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel
          • Upgrade

          Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

          I haven't had enough experience with it yet to speak to the audio quality - it's real purpose - but nothing can be worse than the preamp built into the D800. I like how compact and sturdy the design is, and it fits really well atop the camera with the optional RB200 hotshoe mount.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Amazing Value

          By Huseyin The Brain

          from Sacramento, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Works Well With Gh4

          Cons

          • Awkward Design

          Best Uses

          • Recording Xlr Audio

          Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

          I loved these juicedLink XLR adaptors for SLRs. Their line of products cater to all your needs for the best value. I used this with my Panasonic GH4 and it is great quality. They have other models with 3 XLR inputs and ones with audio monitoring levels, but I didn't need that, I just needed 2 XLRs and phantom power. It is $1,000 cheaper than the GH4+Interface combo. You don't need to buy the GH4 interface unless you need to record high-quality 4k on an external recorder. If you buy the GH4 interface, you need an external recorder and you need a power source for it that doesn't come with it.

          The only bad side to this, is that it is small and not designed perfectly. The GH4 interface fits the GH4 perfectly and is extremely sturdy. Bottom line, it provides great quality audio, works with the GH4 like a charm, and is a great value buy!

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Tripod screw too offset

          By Jon

          from Omaha, NE

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

                The riggy is well put together and I'm happy with the audio quality, but the actual shape of the thing makes it extremely awkward to use. The worst aspect, in my mind, is that the tripod screw is set on the very edge of the unit. If you mount it on the bottom of your camera and want to use a tripod, the whole thing winds up being wobbly and tilts to one side. It makes any camera I've used it with (D800, D5300, GH3) far more awkward. If it was just shaped a little different it'd be much more useable.

                My general impression is that a lot of thought went into the electronics side of things and no where near enough into making it nice to use as part of a system.

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                • No

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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                i'm sure its great

                By Orzel

                from Anchorage, AK

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

                      I returned this item when I found that my D600 had some noise even with the juiced link. I'm sure this is a great device otherwise.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good product

                      By Alex

                      from Boston

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

                          Great addition to DSLR video rig. Glad I got the model with phantom power. Way more audio control than with camera alone. Low noise recording. Compact enough to shoot and manage audio at the same time. The recessed switches look a bit flimsy, but the housing is solid.

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                          5.0

                          Great

                          By Oogy Wawa

                          from Adelaide

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Travel
                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

                            I've been starting to expand into mini docos with my Canon 5d mkiii but the audio just wasn't up to scratch. After doing a fair bit of research I decided to give the Riggy micro a go. It pairs up great with the camera and the quality of the sound is a world of difference. If you're looking for a big upgrade without the price this is a good option. Just remember you need to have metering on your camera to get the full use out of this version.

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                            5.0

                            great way for xlr input to dslr

                            By hayzen's productions

                            from greensboro, nc

                            About Me Film Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about juicedLink RM222 Riggy-Micro Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power:

                                I use this with my Panasonic gh3.
                                I've done a few shoots with it now and it works great!!! I had to mount it on top of my rig though. it's made to mount between the camera and base plate but with only 1 screw to hold it, it will not stay tight on a tripod.
                                it's small, and has everything you need via switches on the bottom to make your dslr audio experience as much like a real video camera as possible.

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                                Required item: Batteries (not included) are required to power this device.

                                Duracell - 9V Alkaline Battery (Coppertop)
                                • You Pay: $3.69
                                 
                                Watson - 9V Rechargeable NiMH Battery (250mAh)
                                • You Pay: $7.95
                                 

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                                • You Pay: $49.95
                                 

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