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Subject: Re: yet another Mic-related question
From: Chris Holt (
Date: 2003-03-17

On Sun, 16 Mar 2003 12:20:48 -0800, Matt SF wrote:

>Can anyone recommed a decent but not super-expensive battery box that
>raise a mic level to a line level?

It certainly depends on your definition of "super expensive". After
having reviewed schematics of several homebrew type microphone preamps,
both with and without bias, I've come to the conclusion that unless you
take the time to build one yourself, you are going to get fairly well
ripped off.

Sound professionals seem to have the most reasonable solutions in the
around and under $200 range. The SP-PASM-2, for instance is a self
contained, single point stereo mic that is preamped and biased with good
quality electret elements (20 - 20khz, 91dB, max 120dB SPL) $209.
Also if you have your own mics, SP-PREAMP for $169, raises mic signal to
line level and provides 9volt plug in power to raise the maximum sound
level that can be recorded. other stuff there too, like mics and preamp
built into headphones for easy stealth recording, etc.


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