JuicedLink accepts our dynamic microphone challenge; re-does comparison test
By Allan Tépper | August 15, 2012
Back in July, I published JuicedLink video illustrates audio quality with DSLRs via RiggyAssist versus an H4n recorder. Since the original test was done with a condenser microphone (which already has a relatively high output), I asked Robert Rozak from JuicedLink to repeat his test using a dynamic microphone, since that way both preamps (the one in the H4n and the one in the Riggy-Assist from JuicedLink would need to work harder, since they’d receive a lower level on their respective microphone input. Handheld dynamic microphones are the most popular type of microphone used to do spontaneous in-field interviews for television news, so I am glad that Robert obliged me (us) and did the same test with a handheld dynamic mic, so we can now notice the huge difference between the preamp in the H4n versus the one in his Riggy-Assist as it feeds his 60D DSLR.
I am so glad that Robert accepted and repeated the test. Now the test is much better, because it really shows how bad the H4N’s own preamp is with a dynamic microphone, and how good the Riggy-Assist) from JuicedLink one is. As I have mentioned in several articles here in ProVideo Coalition magazine and in my recent ebook, condenser microphones by nature typically have a higher output level than dynamic microphones, so preamps don’t have to work so hard when fed a signal from a condenser mic. That’s why I always prefer to test preamps with a dynamic mic.
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