Monitoring the sound with headphones

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tom hardwick
Joined: Apr 8 1999

I keep a set of those multi-hinged foldup Sony VITE (vertical in the ear) headphones in my camera bag.

They take up very little space, they allow you to hear surrounding sounds to a certain extent and give you great confidence that all's in order on the mic front.

They're invisible enough to not label you a "professional" and are indispensible when you're using an external mic. My Sony TRV900 is very fussy over the shape of the mini stereo plug that connects up an external mic; if it's not a Sony plug it's quite possible that your internal mics aren't being disconnected , and headphone monitoring will quickly tell you this.