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I have looked at this aspect a bit lately. In the background is a low impedence to high impedence issue when you go from XLR/balanced to pin/unbalanced.
Some time back, I purchased a cable that went from XLR to pin. It was a skinny cable of about 10 feet (bought from Markertek, a supplier I generally respect) and it appeared to have been manufactured cheaply, like made in a neighbor’s shop. The setup had permanent continuous built-in static in all environments and if you breathed on the cable, it produced unwanted audio noise. The audio from this setup was terrible and unusable. (BTW, headphone monitoring is the optimum way to check out the quality of these setups.)
Recently, I connected a Shure tranformer cable (B&H, $36) to the pin input on my Sony VX-2100 and the improvement is remarkable; I can now hear and record perfectly clean broadcast-quality/cineplex-ready audio with this cam. The cable is XLR female to 1/8″ miniplug. Have used in combination with 10 and 20 foot XLR to XLR cables over to my lav.
Link for this item at B&H is: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=154878&is=REG&addedTroughType=search
Don’t know if the cable in my original setup was defective, but it couldn’t do the job. The new setup is Fantastic.
REGARDS … TOM 8)