Issue 26



17 March 2015

DPA’s newest d:fine in-ear broadcast headset microphone integrates a monitoring component, eliminating the need for separate monitors and headset mics.

DPA dfine in ear on model in tv studio

“We have succeeded in combining two parallel systems and creating an easy to use solution,” says DPA product manager Mikkel Nymand. “This solves the irritating problem broadcast studio hosts and guests currently face of having two sets of components and wires to deal with. It also offers a solution that is simple to fit, comfortable to wear and unobtrusive for both the host and the viewer.”

Targeted at broadcast hosts and guests who use in-ear monitors to communicate with producers backstage or to hear foldback from interviews outside the studio, the new headset system comes with two sizes of ear-pads and DPA says great care has been taken to ensure there is no audio leakage between the in-ear drivers and the microphone capsule (which can be either omnidirectional or directional).

The unit incorporates two cables – microphone and in-ear – that run parallel for a tidy look. A spring steel construction at the ear-hook offers quick mounting, while the cable length to the integrated in-ear plug(s) can be adjusted. Any excess cable can be wound up around the plug or placed behind the outer ear, while a cable steer at the headset mount controls the cable run down the neck. The headset mount size is easy to adjust and a choice of left and right ear orientation means it’s possible to give a broadcast host a ‘camera blind’ side.


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“Broadcast studios can be harsh environments and therefore products must be durable if they are to prove their worth,” Nymand says. “With DPA’s d:fine headset microphones, repairs no longer require taking a mic out of commission because the range is designed with detachable cables that can be replaced immediately with a spare.”

DPA has incorporated a miniature MicroDot connector for the microphone and a mini-jack for the in-ear, and adapters are available to fit most professional wireless beltpacks. The model comes in several single- and dual-ear combinations with a choice of non-reflecting black/silver for the in-ear plugs, and black, brown or beige for the earhooks and microphone booms.


Source: media release



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