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Choosing Your DPA Headset Microphone

The best sound is close to the source. Choosing your DPA Headset Microphone…

Head worn microphones, whether on one ear – ear set – or two ears – headset, are popular because of their ease of use, amazing sound and flexibility. Once placed on the performer, the headset microphone sits securely and unobtrusively close to the sound source and allows the user to move freely about without having to hold a microphone in the hand or have a lavalier mic clipped on the shirt. Headset mics remove the disadvantage of changing colour of the sound as the head moves around.

Ear and headset microphones are commonly seen used in theatre’s, houses of worship, at conferences, on TV  broadcasts and many other events. Things to consider when choosing a headset or ear set are…

Choosing Your DPA Headset Microphone
Loud setting vs. quiet space

Cardioid mics are best in settings where a lot is happening, for example on some theatre stages. A cardioid microphone adds isolation to the sound source and is great at avoiding feedback on a loudspeaker-amplified set. On the other hand, cardioids are more sensitive to pop-noise (the P-sounds for example produce high plosive noise) and handling noise. In a quieter setting, or when only one person is performing, perhaps an omnidirectional microphone is preferred.

Stability vs ease and quickness

The choice of a single or dual-ear mount head mics allows the talent to select the best version for their specific type of performance. Ear set variants are the quickest to put on and often the best choice when miking needs to be easy. The dual-ear variant is ideal for more active situations, when secure mounting is required, as it sits snugly on the neck and is virtually invisible. Like its single-ear counterpart, it is unobtrusive and so comfortable that users forget they are wearing it. There are even in-ear headset microphones that merge the mic solution with convenient in-ear communication. Ear set models tend to be more comfortable and are quicker to put on and take off. 

Small or really small

DPA’s 5 mm capsule styles are small and inconspicuous, the flat capsules are slightly smaller and harder to see and the newest 3 mm capsules are the smallest of all – barely visible in many applications.

In addition, the colour that best compliments the performers’ skin tone and the correct boom length to ensure proper head worn mic placement at the corner of the smile, are important to consider. Finally, if you need to use in-ear monitors, for broadcast or on stage, there is a range of versions available as well.

How to choose the right headset mic for any situation
6066 CORE Subminiature Headset Microphones
  • Amazing 3 mm CORE by DPA capsules technology

  • Renowned DPA sound in a 60% smaller capsule

  • One-size-fits-all, headset fits securely and comfortably

  • 2-way adjustable, non-reflective boom with locking system

  • Unique, comfortable 3-point gripping system above, below and behind the ear

  • New 90° cable management constructed to guide the cable and minimize cable breaks

DPA 6066 CORE
4466 CORE Omnidirectional Headset
  • One-size-fits-all – head sizes and shapes

  • Comfortable 3-point grip – above, below, behind the ear

  • Easily adjustable – frame size, boom length, placement

  • 90° adjustable cable guide – keeps cable out of sight

  • Non-reflective PVD surface on headset frame, boom, capsule

DPA 4466 CORE
4066 Omnidirectional Headset
  • Resistant to humidity

  • Double-vent protection system

  • Available in three colours and three sizes

  • Modular adapter system fits most professional wireless systems

DPA 4066
4488 Directional Headset
  • One-size-fits-all – head sizes and shapes

  • Comfortable 3-point grip – above, below, behind the ear

  • Easily adjustable – frame size, boom length, placement

  • 90° adjustable cable guide – keeps cable out of sight

  • Non-reflective PVD surface on headset frame, boom, capsule

4088 Directional Headset
  • Pristine audio quality

  • Lightweight and flexible

  • Easy mounting to the left or right

  • Resistant to humidity

  • Flexible adapter system fits most professional wireless systems

DPA 4066
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