More companies keep jumping into the audio adapter market, this time it’s Azden with the FMX-DSLR portable XLR mixer. On the plus side Azden is offering a 2 channel mixer with XLR and 3.5mm inputs for under $300 (currently $285). The FMX-DSLR also provides up to +16db of gain and uses four AA batteries for up to 15 hours of operation. You even get big easy to use knobs for volume control.


Unfortunately the FMX-DSLR doesn’t included phantom power and the 16db of gain is far less than what’s offered by some of the other adapters on the market. On the other hand if you don’t need phantom power and you are working with a good strong signal, the FMX-DSLR is about a $100 less them some of the other options out there.

I only had about 15 minutes to spend with the FMX-DSLR at NAB. Audio quality sounds pretty good, but it’s hard to get a feel for it in a noise convention center. The build is mostly plastic, but felt reasonably solid for the price. It’s another interesting addition to the market and might be worth a look if you are in the market for an XLR adapter.

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