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RØDE VXLR 3.5mm Minijack to Male XLR Adapter

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  • Convert 3.5mm mini-jacks to male xlr
  • Connect rode videomic products to high-end xlr inputs
  • Also useful in connecting portable music players to high-end monitor loudspeakers
  • Designed in australia
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Technical Details
Item Weight23 g
Product Dimensions10.2 x 2.5 x 7.6 cm
Item model numberVXLR
ColourBlack
Scale Lengthinches
Country Produced Inchina
  
Additional Information
ASINB000Y021NA
Best Sellers Rank 262 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight23 g
Date First Available7 Feb. 2007
  
 

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Product Description

The RODE VXLR is a high quality adapter that converts a 3.5 mm mini-jack into a 3 pin XLR - ideal for connecting VideoMic products to high-end interfaces, preamps and cameras.

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1 x RODE VXLR Adapter


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By Robert Groom TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2013
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Be aware that this adapter is *NOT* suitable for mono mini-jacks (those with only tip and sleeve connections) despite the product description.

I don't think the vendor can really be blamed for the confusion. It's Rode who are at fault. The back of the printed Rode packet declares:

'The VXLR is used to convert a Mono 3.5mm mini-jack to a 3 pin XLR'

And right next to this it has a wiring diagram showing connections for a stereo mini-jack plug!

I have uploaded an image showing the packet for reference. See above.

In the diagram, the tip and ring (right and left channels) are connected together and sent to pin 2 (+ve) of the XLR (as you would expect).

The sleeve (ground) is connected to pins 3 (-ve) and 1 (ground) of the XLR (again, as you would expect).

So which is it Rode - is it meant for mono or stereo mini-jacks or is it for both?

The fact is that all Rode mono mics are manufactured with *stereo plugs* - it's just that the same signal is connected to tip and ring. So when Rode talk about this adapter being suitable for mono 3.5mm mini-jacks, what they actually mean is *stereo* mini-jacks with *mono* wiring.

I have seen people state that Rode sell two different versions of this adapter. I'm afraid this is incorrect. There is only one, and this is it.

So, if you're intending to use this Rode adapter with a non-Rode mic, check if it has a stereo mini-jack.

If your mic has a true mono mini-jack (like the Audio-Technica ATR35s) then this adapter is *NOT* going to work. Why? Because when you use a true mono jack, signal and ground become connected together, because the sleeve (earth) in a mono mini-jack extends to where the ring (right channel) is on a stereo mini-jack.
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the description is confusing:

"STEREO 3.5M MINI JACK TO XLR ADAPTERThe vxlr is used to convert a MONO 3.5 mm mini-jack to a 3 pin xlr"

so which is it, mono or stereo 3.5mm socket?

there are two versions of the vxlr, one converts from 3.5 mm stereo to xlr, which this one is as i discovered.
the other vxlr adaptor rode manufactures coverts from 3.5 mm Mono to xlr, which this one isn't.
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This DOESNT do what it says it does, but thats probably because of a Well Documented problem with how Microphones are wired.
I can't use this in my set up - using a 3.5mm stereo mini jack microphone into then XLR input of my TASCAM DR44....it just doesn't work!!
I don't think this is a problem of the Adapter, just the way it is used within a system!!
Rode need to do a bit of research to advise better on what this CAN or CANT do!!
i.e. - more explaining on Stereo/mono etc
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Considering the prevalence of Rode Video and Stereomics attached to DSLRs these days, this allows the indie film-maker to plug these somewhat sub par mics directly into a portable Digital Audio Recorder, and bypass the hideous preamps contained in DSLRs for audio. So, this means the solo indie film-maker can get useable audio - and cheaply. Therefore, this is really useful to have. I use this with the Videomic pro (mono), and that works fine.
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Despite previous reviewer I can confirm this adaptor only accepts a mono signal and will NOT work with a stereo microphone unless you want a mono recording of course. Rode only manufacture this one version so make sure you're aware of this before ordering.
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A great product, very useful for using slightly more cost effective 3.5mm equipment such as cables and mics and being able to put them into equipment that uses xlr inputs. obviously there is going to be some quality dropoff but form using this i can say the quality is as good as your going to get with using an adapter anyway.

in terms of build quality you would expect good quality from rode at this price, and i was not disappointed. the metal construction feels very sturdy and worth the six quid or so paid for the item. the friction on mounting a 3.5mm jack is good meaning it will not fall out or rattle around at all.

One of the good points about this is because it is rode you can trust it and its xlr connection feels strong.

not much else to say. not cheap but definitely worth the money if you want to use your 3.5mm kit with a xlr input. on a side note is black so blends in with most kit and looks like your kit is xlr and seems more professional than it actually might be.
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Solid metal adaptor that I can use to plug a rodemic or smartlav into my home sound mixer for recording or into my camcorder which has XLR inputs. Good quality connector and a great addition to my audio gear.
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Great little gadget and a necessity for the bag. It fits snugly to my Planet Waves XLR microphone cables and my Takstar SGC-598 mini jack fits perfectly into the other end without any sign of movement.
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