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Old 07-12-2009, 12:06 AM
kragen kragen is offline
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Default Help my insignia ns-dv4g Dosen't recognize a microphone

hi i have an nsignia ns-dv4g and i love it
i updated to the newest firmware and love
all the additional features .

I never wanted to use the in line record feature; but
recently i wanted record some lectures. i bought a simple
plug in mike but it seems like nothing's recording. am i doing
something wrong.
this is the mike i bought http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-Microphone-...3%3A1|294%3A50

i heard that you need a powered mike for it to work correctly
plz help
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:33 PM
Mr. Microphone Mr. Microphone is offline
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Been there and back, and here are my findings...

The NS-DV4G cannot power a microphone to record from the line-in jack, it simply does not have the wattage. The mic will need it's own power supply (via battery or powered amp/mixer.)

For over a year at work, I've been recording the audio from video taped interviews and burning them to CD. The player records a high quality WMA file directly from the video deck's stereo headphone jack, then I drag the file through the USB to my desktop in order to burn directly to CD.

Without a powered audio source, the NS-DV4G's recording levels are barely audible. Despite it's advertising, the Insignia's ability to record is just not a primary function.

Your mic seems to be designed for a desktop/laptop computer, which uses a powered audio card.

To record lectures or ambient sound, I suggest using a cheap microcassette. Or if you want to listen to them on your mp3 player, you may need a little digital recorder from an office supply store or online (starting under $60 bucks.) But unfortunately, many digital recorders record in propierty audio formats. You may not be able to simply drop and drag the file into your mp3 player without some audio conversion done in your computer.

Hope that helps!
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