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The "T" in DXA-2T stands for Tough. The die cast aluminum chassis,
recessed switches, detachable output cable and optional protective
rubber boot make this virtually indestructible. Robust, passive
circuitry provides unmatched sound quality with an extremely wide
dynamic range, flat frequency response, no distortion, noise or
clipping problems. And best of all, it requires no battery to
operate. Made from the finest components sourced around the
The two channel, DXA-2T is very easy to set up and use. It allows
you to connect professional microphones with balanced XLR
connectors to any camcorder with a mic jack. You can also easily
connect wireless microphones and mixing boards. The adapter gives
you all the benefits of using professional audio gear and noise
free balanced inputs for superb audio. You can select either mono
or stereo output mode and the independent trim controls allow you
to set the ideal recording levels for each channel. Fits neatly
under any camcorder and can also be mounted to a tripod.
1) MONO / STEREO output switch
2) GROUND switch for noise free operation
3) LINE / MIC input switches
4) Ultra-slick trim controls
5) Auxiliary mini-jack input – ideal for wireless mics
6) Two balanced XLR inputs
7) Output mini-jack to camcorder
8) Retractable azimuth pin
9) Camcorder mounting bolt
10) Study die cast aluminum chassis
11) Premium shielded balancing transformers
12) Tripod socket
The BeachTek DXA-2T is a two-channel, transformer balanced XLR
adapter for today's small, compact camcorders. This adapter is
designed to easily attach professional microphones and other audio
gear to any camcorder that has a built-in microphone jack. The DXA-
2T gives you all the benefits of using balanced audio devices for
noise-free operation as well as control over the signal levels to
ensure the best possible sound recording. Since the adapter is a
passive device, it is completely noise-free and the premium
transformers ensure superb audio. The adapter is also virtually
unclipable and offers an extremely wide dynamic range. No power or
batteries are required to operate the adapter.
The DXA-2T is very easy to set up and use. It allows you to connect
a wide variety of audio devices including professional microphones,
wireless systems and even take a feed from a house sound system or
mixer. The dual trimcontrols allow you to adjust the input levels
independently and the output switch lets you select mono or stereo
operation. The rugged die-cast aluminum construction is encased in
a rubber boot which makes this device truly reliable and dependable
even in the most demanding situations. Its compact size fits neatly
under any camcorder – it can also be mounted to any standard
• Two transformer balanced XLR connectors
• One unbalanced mini-jack — ideal for wireless
• Unbalanced stereo mini-jack with a replaceable output
• Selectable MONO or STEREO
• Adjusts signal level on each channel from unity to no
LINE / MIC Switches
• Switchable input between LINE or MIC levels for
• Premium wide-bandwidth transformers for superb audio
• Shielded in a custom deep drawn mu-metal cover for very
• Die-cast aluminum chassis
• Rubber boot provides added protection and comfort
Quick Setup Guide
1) Mount the DXA-2T to the camera by lining up the mounting bolt
and azimuth pin on top of the adapter with the tripod holes on the
underside of the camera. Turn the mounting bolt under the adapter
with a coin or screwdriver until snug.
2) Connect the supplied output cable from the OUT jack on the
adapter to the MIC input on the camcorder. If the camera has a
MIC/LINE input selector, set it to MIC.
3) Initially set the G2/G1 ground switch to G2.
4) Set the LIN/MIC switches to MIC for microphones and wireless
systems or LIN for mixers.
5) Set the M/S switch to M for mono when using one channel or to S
for stereo when using two channels.
6) Initially set the LEFT and RIGHT trim controls fully clockwise
for no attenuation.
7) Connect your audio sources to the LEFT and RIGHT XLR or AUX
inputs on the adapter.
8) Plug your headphones into the PHONES jack on the camera to
monitor the audio. Be sure that you hear audio on both channels
from the connected devices.
9) Before starting to record, adjust the LEFT and RIGHT trim
controls if you hear any distortion through the headphones or if
the camera vu meter shows peaking.
10) You may need to switch the G2/G1 ground switch to G1 if you
hear any odd noises from ground loops. Set it to whatever position
11) You are now ready to begin recording.
Note, we recommend the use of sensitive condenser type microphones
for the best results. Dynamic microphones usually do not have
sufficient output levels and may result in an excessive amount of
hiss from the high level of amplification necessary by the camera's
audio preamplifiers. Microphones with a sensitivity rating of
greater than -40 dBV are ideal.
Adapter Controls and Connectors
|1. M/S Switch
The M (MONO) setting mixes both channels together and sends the
audio to both the right and left channels, which is ideal when only
one microphone is being used. Be sure to keep the trim control for
the unused channel fully clockwise (yes, clockwise) so that it does
not interfere with the working channel. The S (STEREO) setting
keeps both channels separated and should normally be used when two
microphones are connected. This provides two discrete channels of
2. G2/G1 Switch
Set the G2/G1 ground switch on the DXA-2T to the position that
gives you the least amount of noise. This switch allows the input
and output grounds to be isolated to prevent ground loops when
connected to AC powered mixing boards.
3. LIN/MIC Switches
To connect a microphone to either channel of the DXA- 2T, set the
corresponding LIN/MIC switch to MIC. To connect a line level output
from a mixer to the DXA-2T, set the LIN/MIC switch to LIN to
activate a 40 dB pad. This attenuates the signal to the proper
level so that it will not overdrive the input of your
4. LEFT and RIGHT Trim Controls
Each channel has a trim control that attenuates the input signal
from unity to no gain. Since the adapter is passive you should
normally set the trim controls as high as possible without causing
distortion. If necessary, adjust either the left or right trim
control to balance both inputs so they are of equal amplitude.
Most camcorders use an automatic gain control (AGC) to adjust the
optimum audio level for recording. If your camcorder has no way of
disabling this feature, the adapter can still be used to adjust the
input levels but will not override the AGC circuitry.
If your camcorder allows you to switch the AGC off, you can use
this option for manual control over the audio levels. For the best
signal to noise performance, set the gain on the camera to about 30
to 40% of maximum and then adjust the trim controls on the adapter
for the proper level.
As a guide, the recording levels should be no higher than -12 dBFS
(-12 dBV below maximum). Please refer to your camcorder's user
manual for more information on setting the proper recording
5. AUX Input Jack
The unbalanced input is ideal for connecting a wireless receiver
that has a mini-plug output cable. This sends the signal to the
right channel. Be sure to disconnect any cables from the right XLR
input when using the AUX input.
|6. LEFT and RIGHT XLR
The two balanced XLR inputs attach to professional microphones or
other audio gear such as mixers and sound boards.
7. OUT Jack
This jack outputs the mic level signal from the adapter for
connection to the camera. Use the supplied output cable to connect
to the MIC input on the camera.
||MIC setting: -35 dBu ideal
LINE setting: -10 to +4 dBu ideal
||Nominal MIC levels
||20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/- 3 dB)
||3.75" x 2.5" x 1.5" (L x W x H)
(95 mm x 64 mm x 38 mm)
||10 oz (0.28 kg)
Limited Two Year Warranty
This warranty covers any defects or malfunction in your new
BeachTek adapter for two years from date of purchase.
BeachTek will replace or repair any defective or malfunctioning
adapter, within the warranty period, at no charge. The warranty
does not cover damage resulting from accident, alteration, misuse
or abuse. The device must be sent to our service center at your
Should you require service please contact us for an RMA Request
before returning the unit. Return instructions can be found on our
website at www.beachtek.com under the Support Option.
Upon receiving the returned adapter it will be inspected, and
replaced or repaired if found defective. The unit will be shipped
back to you within five business days at our expense.