A question was asked on DVinfo.net, "Should I buy an audio mixer?" dvinfo.net/conf/all-things-audio/316859-should-i-get-field-mixer.html
Beyond the awesome control, limiters and meters that you get with a field mixer, the original poster wanted to know if you get more fidelity, a better, cleaner sound...
Here we test out the direct XLR input of a large diaphragm condenser microphone versus a SignVideo ENG44 Field mixer. http://bit.ly/bcAH7
The microphones are the RODE NT1A's.
The HPX170 is attached via HDSDI into an AJA Kona LHe card and recording directly into Apple's Final Cut Pro in the ProRes422 HQ codec at 1920x1080.
Compression is with the Matrox CompressHD card and the Maxx H.264 for YouTube HD Preset