XL1 Headphone Jack- how to get a good signal?

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I've figured out a lot of tricks to my XL-1 but I'm still stuck on this one- the mini headphone out on the canon, for all intents and purposes, sucks. If I crank it all the way, it distorts the output, and if I don't, it's not loud enough. I'm using a good set of AKG headphones but they're no help if I can't monitor my audio well. I'm wondering if a) I need a headphone set that amplifies the audio more so that it can be heard loud and clear or b) the only way is to go from the mini jack to a mixer / amp and then to headphones. Does anyone have tips on this? Someone recommended the Sony NC-20 headphones but they couldn't confirm if they'd solve my problems. Anyone have a working solution?


-- memo salazar (xximixx@juno.com), May 03, 2000


the problem is your headphones not the camcorder. AKG headphones are low gain pro recording studio devices. i converted my recording studio to accomodate 6 of these units and had many problems matching the power of these phones to other sets; THEY TAKE 3 TIMES THE POWER TO ACHIEVE THE SAME LEVEL! while these are great headphones they require a separate amplifier. (i also own an XL1s and have experienced the same problem you have, so i simply use other headsets with much better results)

-- keith (soundchaser2000@hotmail.com), July 12, 2002.

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