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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2016, 12:12:36 PM »
Personal experience with the Milab Links...the plastic binder connection between the body - cable - capsule is not as robust compared to other active type microphones.
Knowing that I was going to be first running the PZP-2 into my R-44 so I could do comps, hi and lo specifically used XLRs on the out cables from the preamp.  As I stated in the first post, other types of output cables can probably be made depending on the user's needs.  Keep in mind that this ZBox is the "first one off the line", so to speak, and is as much proof of concept as working preamp.  From my discussions with him, hi and lo also has in the works (or he's already finished) an internally powered ZBox for more compact or stealth applications.  In that sense it will be in the same ballpark as the Tinybox or nbox.  Having different options is a wonderful thing. :)

Looking forward to the option to run VM-44 Link caps without the Link bodies!  I'd also love to see the option to run the caps with a Z-PFA.

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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2018, 02:06:41 PM »
Just out of curiosity, were more of these boxes ever produced?
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2018, 10:53:15 AM »
Just out of curiosity, were more of these boxes ever produced?

^Not sure if more of the ZBoxes were ever produced, but I don't think that more of them were produced.  Naiant offers a PFA to run the Milab VM-44 Links.
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2018, 11:00:33 AM »
Naiant offers a PFA to run the Milab VM-44 Links.
Does that allow running the caps without the bodies?
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2018, 11:30:36 AM »
Naiant offers a PFA to run the Milab VM-44 Links.
Does that allow running the caps without the bodies?

Yes.  I have a couple of those PFA's and they work great.  You still need the Milab cables though.
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2018, 11:42:41 AM »
Can the VM-44 Link cardioid caps/cable be purchased without the bodies?
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2018, 11:56:49 AM »
Can the VM-44 Link cardioid caps/cable be purchased without the bodies?

Yes the caps can be purchased separately, but you still need the Milab cables, which can also be purchased separately.
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2018, 12:01:57 PM »
Can the VM-44 Link cardioid caps/cable be purchased without the bodies?

Yes the caps can be purchased separately, but you still need the Milab cables, which can also be purchased separately.
I thought I read somewhere that the Links have the cable hardwired to either the body or cap.
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2018, 12:10:56 PM »
Can the VM-44 Link cardioid caps/cable be purchased without the bodies?

Yes the caps can be purchased separately, but you still need the Milab cables, which can also be purchased separately.
I thought I read somewhere that the Links have the cable hardwired to either the body or cap.

Nope.  The capsule is detachable from the active cable...
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2018, 12:22:07 PM »
Thanks for the info.  I'm interested in the VM-44 Links...need to listen to more samples to be sure if I want to pull the trigger, though.
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2018, 12:29:31 PM »
Thanks for the info.  I'm interested in the VM-44 Links...need to listen to more samples to be sure if I want to pull the trigger, though.

The VM-44 Links are great microphones!  The VM-44 Link supercards are exceptional as are the cards.  I don't own the omni caps, although I would love to have a set of them too...

SRS 3-D printed mic bars are available now too.

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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2018, 02:48:31 PM »
Thanks for the info.  I'm interested in the VM-44 Links...need to listen to more samples to be sure if I want to pull the trigger, though.
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2018, 11:24:27 AM »
Surprised to see this thread resurrected, but thought I'd add my 2 cents.  To the best of my knowledge, this Zbox was a one-off proof of concept for the Milabs, and hi and lo didn't go into production with them.  As dactylus noted, the Naiant PFAs are an excellent option if you want to run these sans bodies.  I'll also second his recommendation of the SRS printed mic bars for the Links.  Aside from the quick setup, the printed clip of the SRS bars that actually holds the microphone by the boot is far superior to the wire clip that comes standard with the Links.  No joke, Milab should seriously consider utilizing them instead. 

I think the Milabs are awesome mics and I love the pulls I get with them.  When I was living in NY, acidjack and I ran a few informal comps between my VM-44 supercards and his Schoeps MK41 (the benchmark supercard for a number of people) and were more surprised with their similarities rather than the differences in regards to their sound signatures.  As far as samples, I don't tape nearly as much as I used to (a few moves, family, work, etc.) but here's some from earlier days.  Apologies for the shameless plug, but what's a post without recordings? ;D  > http://www.nyctaper.com/tag/milab/

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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2018, 02:37:03 PM »
just found this thread. I want it. where can i shove the money?
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Re: Dynamic Audio PZP-2 "ZBox" for Milab VM-44 capsules
« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2018, 12:56:43 PM »
^  LOL!  I don't know if hi and lo ever made more than this one prototype for the VM-44s.  You might want to PM him and see if he'll build another? 

 

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