juicedLink RA222 Riggy-Assist Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power and Metering

juicedLink RA222 Riggy-Assist Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power and Metering

juicedLink RA222 Riggy-Assist Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power and Metering

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Product Highlights

  • Two Locking XLR Input Connectors
  • Low-Noise Microphone Preamplifiers
  • 4-Segment Meters can be User-Calibrated
  • Switchable 12V / 48V Phantom Power
  • Audio Output Bracketing Feature
  • AGC Disable Switch
  • Mic/Line Signal Level Switches
  • Hi/Lo Gain Level Switches
  • 1/8" Mono Headphone Output with Level
  • Powered by a 9V Battery
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juicedLink RA222 overview

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The RA222 Riggy-Assist Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power and Metering by juicedLink is designed for cameras that don't have integrated audio meters, manual gain control, or a headphone output. The RA222 features two 4-segment meters which can be calibrated to the camera, an 1/8" mono headphone output and an AGC disable switch.

The RA222 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 it is not needed.

When engaged, the Audio Output Bracketing feature of the RA222 ensures that your audio inputs won't clip or distort. By placing the RA222'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 RA222 Riggy-Assist is powered by 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.

In the Box
juicedLink RA222 Riggy-Assist Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power and Metering
  • 9" (23cm) Length, 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS Stereo Audio Cable
  • 1/8" Hex Key
  • Cork Strip
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    juicedLink RA222 specs

    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 Norm/panL
    1 x Stereo/Mono
    1 x R Channel Power Off/On
    1 x R Channel -16 dB Pad
    1 x AGC Disable Off/On
    2 x Meter Hi/Lo (1 per channel)
    1 x ENC Ground Norm/Lift
    1 x Meter Off/On
    1 x LiPoly/Alkaline
    Output Connector 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo
    Headphone Output 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) mono out with independent level control
    Metering 2 x 4-segment meter, can be calibrated to camera
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0 /-1.5 dB
    Battery Life (approx.)
    • 8 hrs (Phantom off, 2 XLR inputs active, meter on, fresh Alkaline battery)
    • 10 hrs (Phantom off, 2 XLR inputs active, meter off, fresh Alkaline battery)
    • 12 hrs (Phantom off, 1 XLR input active, meter on, fresh Alkaline battery)
    • 14 hrs (Phantom off, 1 XLR input active, meter off, fresh Alkaline battery)
    • Battery life with Phantom is non-linear, depends on microphones
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.5" (114 x 89 x 38 mm)
    Weight 9 oz (255 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.7 x 4.3 x 2.4"

    juicedLink RA222 reviews

    RA222 Riggy-Assist Dual-XLR Preamplifier with Phantom Power and Metering is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good DSLR Audio Alternative This product makes it possible to have great sounding audio recorded straight to your DSLR. I use it with a Nikon D5100 on the low gain internal preamp setting and it works! The meters even matched up perfectly without calibration. One drawback is the price, but compared to all the competitors this product is much higher quality. I also had a problem with the screw mount being too long to tighten into the camera resulting in the freedom for it to spin when attached. Still working on a good solution for that. It is definitely worth the investment though. Solid, well thought out product.
    Date published: 2013-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's alright Not very ergonomically friendly. You need a hexagon screwdriver at all times. If you don't have one, you're screwed (No pun intended). I wish Robert, from JuicedLink, would make a thumbscrew system like the tascam dr devices or the beachtek, so you don't need a hexagon at all. This is the only thing that made me HATE this pre-amp. Sure, you can mount it on the hot shoe, using an adapter, but I use that hot shoe for other items, such as a monitor, etc. Other than that, it's ok. You definitely get better sound than without it; aaand getting a JuicedLink is much cheaper than paying $6k for a canon c100mkii just for the xlr's.
    Date published: 2016-06-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good sound quality, questionable build The main thing the RA222 does is eliminate the hassle of syncing your audio to video if you dont have timecode. That said, the sound quality is better than DSLR internal audio, but I would not describe it as outstanding, as I have read in some reviews (Im using a Rode ntg-3 mic with it). The preamps are certainly not as good as something like Sound Devices MM-1, which sells at the same price, but of course with that you have the hassle of syncing your audio after shooting. The build of the RA222 is at first touch....flimsy. While it doesn't need to be heavy to be built solid, there are some components that are built from an inexplicably cheap plastic. Im talking about All for a Dollar store cheap plastic. The battery compartment and switches on the bottom of the device are made from it. The audio bracketing switch (which is a nice feature) was stuck on arrival and as I pushed it with force I was having serious doubts. It didn't break, but Im not so sure how well these cheap components will hold up in the field after repeated use. For a $* price tag thats pretty weak. Probably would have cost $5 in production costs to use a more robust plastic or metal on the switches and battery compartment.
    Date published: 2014-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works like a charm I use this with a 5D mark 3 and it's wonderful! It works like a charm. The preamp is durable, has phantom power, metering, and sounds great. The only issue I have with the preamp is that all the options to change phantom power and other things are located at the bottom of the device, which makes it a little bit of a hassle to take off the tripod and flip a switch here and there. But really, you're probably only going to flip switches for phantom power on/off, so it's not a big deal. Plus, the switches on the bottom of the unit our out of the way from the tripod plate, so it's not like you have to remove the plate to get to the switch that you need. All in all, I'd buy this again for sure.
    Date published: 2015-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as advertised Works exactly as they advertise it does. One HUGE feature is the audio bracketing - when using just one mic, it can duplicate the signal on the second channel at a lower level. By using this you have a fail-safe for over modulating. Great Job, can't recommend enough!
    Date published: 2012-11-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Giving my 7D new life I use this wonderful little preamp with my Canon 7D, and for the first time I can actually get good audio without an external recorder, be able to monitor the audio going in to the camera, and monitor the levels. There are always new cameras and gear of all sorts, but I see this little preamp sticking around for a long time as it will be useful far into the future. The form-factor is a little clunky, but sometimes something great doesn't have to be something sexy and sleek. I expect it will survive the rigors of travel with no problems whatsoever.
    Date published: 2014-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides Clean Audio for my Canon 70D I use the RA222 to provide clean audio signal from my wifeless microphone system and shot-gun microphone. The audio is crystal clear.
    Date published: 2014-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall Very Good! I use this for professional quality audio with my DSLR cameras. With some minor configuration, you'll have it running great quickly. Juiced Link provides some very helpful, and extremely necessary, video and text tutorials on their website. What I like: - It simply makes using my pro mics possible on my DSLR's so that's a good thing. - I like the headphone monitor port so I can listen to what I'm recording. However, this doesn't mean your camera's actually recording audio so refer to your specific camera for that linkage. - I like that it supplies phantom power if needed. - I like the multiple XLR ports. - Lots of customization possible with the bottom controls What I don't like: - Don't forget to turn it on! It's easy to forget sometimes. - The audio bars on the side are only 4 high so, while they help some, they really don't give you a great judge of accurate levels. Adjusting the gain of the actual audio versus the headphones is two different things, and without a detailed levels monitor, this can be tricky. - When attached to the bottom of one of my cameras (Canon T5i), it covers the battery compartment, making it a pain to switch batteries. Not an issue with my Canon 6D. - I don't like the allen wrench connection. It means you better always have one with you. Or, you must buy more of the $40 quick plates for easy on/off (tripod quick plates are ridiculously overpriced, but that's a different review)
    Date published: 2015-04-13
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