DPA Microphones, manufacturer of the original headset microphone, launches its new line of headworn microphones. The new d:fine headset mics join the classic DPA 4066 and 4088 headworn models, popular in the international theatre, broadcast and conference markets. DPA’s announcement says the new mics, “...offer consistent audio performance at all spls from a whisper to a shout.”
The earpieces are made from a sprung material used to manufacture hearing aids, designed for comfortable wear. A very fine spring automatically adjusts the headset to each wearer to ensure the earpiece stays in place by applying consistent pressure regardless of ear size. It can be taken on and off by the wearer, returning to its original shape each time.
The mics themselves use the same 5mm miniature capsules as the 4066 and 4088s but are now even smaller thanks to a new housing that fits the capsule exactly. The reduction in capsule size also allows smaller windshields to be used. “We didn’t want to compromise on sound quality by reducing the size of our proven capsule,” says DPA CEO Christian Poulsen. “With the new design we’ve managed to keep the incredible sound and lower the wind pop and handling sensitivity. The only change we’ve made to the capsule is to square off the edges slightly, which allow it to be better concealed.”
The new line of headsets also include a tiny connector which attaches the mic to the cable. Microphones can be switched between omni and directional models. By rotating the boom, the microphone can be moved from left to right ear, or into the optimum position. And as the microphone isn’t hard-wired into the headset, the cable can be replaced quickly.
“The smaller design of our new headset makes it less visible, while retaining the DPA signature sound by using proven capsule technology that we have successfully pioneered the world over,” says Poulsen. “It may sound too good to be true but come and try it out at IBC – you’ll be the judge.”