stephen Piscura Posted November 24, 2015 Report Share Posted November 24, 2015 Hi there, This is my first post so thanks in advance for being gracious with me. I'm beginning to build my audio kit and, because i'd like to buy a COS-11D lavalier mic, i reached out to Sanken with a question. But, after their reply, it seems clear to me it simply wasn't understood. Here's what i asked: I'm beginning to build an audio kit and my goal is, as much as i can, to future proof my investments. Review after review declares the COS-11D to be the best, so i'm starting here. My question concerns the connector i should be choosing. Please let me explain… Ultimately, i plan to purchase a couple of Lectrosonics transmitters and receivers. These primarily take a TA5F input. But in the meantime, since i won't be purchasing the Lectrosonics system until finances allow, i'll be plugging the lavalier directly into the XLR input of my recorder. If possible, i'd like to buy a COS-11D with a TA5F connector, which i can run directly into my recorder via some kind of TA5F-to-XLR adapter. Moreover, even when i acquire my wireless system, there are nevertheless many recording situations wherein a wireless transmitter just isn't necessary, in which case running a direct line would still be my preferred choice. So my question is: Is this something i can do? And, if so, what TA5F-to-XLR adapter or equipment do you recommend? Also, is phantom power possible in this kind of configuration? When i first found Lectrosonics' MCA5X (http://www.lectrosonics.com/US/Categories-listing/product/437-mca5x.html), i thought i'd discovered what i needed. But then i read the data sheet where it says "Note: The MCA5X ONLY works with lectrosonics UH and HM transmitters. It DOES NOT work when connected to a microphone input on a mixer or a recorder." So that option is out. I've since come across the Tram TR79: http://www.trammicrophones.com/sale/detail.asp?partno=TR-TR79ML%2Bhttp://www.trammicrophones.com/sale/detail.asp?partno=TR-TR79ML Is this a viable option? Forgive me if these are questions with obvious answers. I'm new at this and still trying to get my audio sea legs. I will say that i do NOT want to try my hand at cutting/attaching new connectors to my equipment. As i mentioned, i'd like to keep the option of easily switching between a wireless configuration or a direct line-in. Thank you so much for any help you can provide in clarifying this question. I look forward to picking up my first COS-11D soon! And here was the response from Sanken: Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your close and kind attention to Sanken products. We have COS-11D with TA5F connector version which is described as COS-11DR-**-TA5FX. (** 4 colors available: BK=Black/BE=Beige/GY=Gray/WH=White). This model allows to connect to Lectrosonics's transmitter directly alone. You can see details through website (http://www.sanken-mic.com/en/product/spec.cfm/5.1107400). As to 48V phantom power, we have a version which calls COS-11D-**(again, 4 colors can be choosen as same as mentioned above), allowing general phantom connection. Concerning TRAM, as we have no idea and information, we can hardly make any advice. We are sorry about it. Sincerely,Sanken CS Am i missing something obvious? Was this their way of saying, "No, what you want to do is simply not possible." Or were they instead just saying, "We'd really prefer you buy two microphones. That always works out better for us." Any advice and nudges in the right direction would be deeply appreciated. Many thanks. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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