So if you gave the Dirt Cheap Monitor project a try awhile back, this might be just what you needed. Freyguyproductions wrote in asking “What would you suggest for stronger audio sources?” The first thing that came to mind was a hearing aid amplifier. So I started rummaging around the net and found something even better. The FiiO E5 headphone amplifier.

You only need 2 things: The FiiO E5 headphone amplifier and Female RCA Y to 3.5mm male cable. Use the same canon AVC-DC400ST cable that came with your camera (usb to composite rca).  Yellow goes to your monitor and red and white to your Y adapter cable and plug the 3.5mm side into your FiiO E5 headphone amplifier.

For a grand total of $22 (almost ), you have an Audio source directly from the output of your camera so that you can hear everything that is being recorded.  After I tried all of this I thought surely someone had already thought of it. So I did some internet surfing and found this guy: Christian Sundsdal who hooked it up to his Rode VideoMic, but for some reason didn’t hook it up to the output of his camera.

I’ll post a video covering the topic a bit better this weekend, but for now, It’s tested and works great!

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