BeachTek finally made available the DXA-SLR, while the DXA-5Da continues to be pushed back. Anyone have specific feedback about whether which one of these below is better? I've had the h4n or JuicedLink cs-231 recommended previously on this forum, but some audio professionals I really trust recommended I go with BeachTek.
An irritating note, BeachTek's reasoning about not including meters on the more expensive DXA-SLR was that it took up real estate space? Thus poor levels will be known only by a blinking red light, whereas you'd have a green light and know that the levels are 'good'. Caveman style...
Any thoughts from BeachTek users would be great- thanks.
I'm a contrarian on this, having started my career in the film era. 16mm and 35mm have always been double system sound. When single system in-camera sound gets good, operators always hope to move up to double system. So why not go double system sound from the get-go with your DSLR? Yes, I bought a Rode video mic for my 5D Mk II, but only for a better quality throwaway track. There is a wealth of inexpensive audio recorders today. I like the Tascam line. Trying to run all this external kit to the camera, wires, mics, audio, camera operator monitoring levels... nothing about this seems like a good idea. Not only worse audio, but worse camera work also. Even a one-man crew would fare better with a dedicated audio device, or multiple dedicated audio devices (they're cheap!). As for simplicity in post, I have not tried it, but PluralEyes looks wonderful. To each his own, but I am not remotely interested in running single system audio on a DSLR shoot. On Tascam, specifically, look at the DR-100 ($305), the DR-680 ($995), and the HS-P82 ($5,500). That pretty much spans the spectrum, and even the least expensive model accepts professional XLR phantom-powered wired microphones with none of this kludgy Radio Shack camera interfacing.
Thanks for your input, Danny. Ideally with every project I work on I'd like to be in the boat you're talking about- having a separate system for video/audio- definitely the way to go. Just wanting something for smaller creative projects, narrative works, and on the fly stuff. The kinds of projects that I enjoy doing most, but that generally have little-to-no financing.
Will definitely look into your suggestions- thanks again.