I wanted to get this for NAB to improve sound quality and my documentary style audio workflow, but unfortunately it only became available afterwards.
The new Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO is now in stock at B&H and it has some very practical advancements over the older HDSLR XLR audio adapter that was called DXA-SLR.
The first obvious reason to use a device like this or the Juicedlink alternative is to disable the auto gain control “feature” that is always on in most HDSLR cameras. This way you can set manual audio levels even though your camera doesn’t support it.
The second reason is the chance to use XLR and phantom powered microphones. Their power comes through the cable and is provided by the device.
And the third most important reason
Some of us have been looking for a smooth slider without success. Many of the sliders out there use a roll and bearing solution that doesn’t run as smoothly as desired. Who would have thought that an answer could lie in a DoItYourself system.
The video speaks for itself but of course it’s always good to have some more tests and opinions on the same product.
Sub $200, that sounds like a good deal.
Make sure you have smooth rods so the metal bearings can unfold their powers!
Get the Juicedlink DIY slider kit on juicedlink.com
Here’s another video on additional accessories to upgrade the kit for heavier duty: