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The quiet little world of camera XLR adapters has been ablaze with activity lately. Here's a brief recap: the juicedLink DN101 came out and proved to be a great accessory for DSLR video shooters who own a CX series juicedLink XLR adapter. The latest news is great for people who need to plug professional microphones into their video-enabled DSLR cameras, but don't own an XLR adapter yet. JuicedLink has released the DT454, which gives you all of the functionality of a CX series box, with a DN101 built-in.
The new DT454 solves most of the audio issues you may encounter when trying to adapt a video-enabled DSLR camera for professional sound. No matter which camera you throw at it (providing the DSLR has a microphone input), the DT454 can be set up to interface seamlessly with it. You get all of the perks of the juicedLink line including a headphone output, built-in LED audio meters, phantom power, AGC defeat (which can be turned on and off), and much more.
In addition to the dual XLR mic/line inputs, the DT454 also includes an unbalanced 1/8" input, which allows you to attach up to two mini-plug microphones, or the audio outputs of a video playback monitor. You can listen to your DSLR's audio playback through headphones with the DT454 if you connect the camera's A/V output cable into a separately available Hosa YRA-167 plugged into the DT454's unbalanced 1/8" input.
A detailed manual is included with the unit, which explains a lot of this techy audio stuff in plain English. The manual also touches upon the new Canon 5D mkII firmware, Magic Lantern firmware, and other geeky topics. No matter which video-enabled DSLR you're using or may encounter in your work, the DT454 has every trick you need in one little box. If you have any questions about phantom power, professional microphones, or XLR adapters in general, feel free to post them in the comments section.