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DPA Microphones Delivers the
Antidote To Murphy's Law
According to Murphy's Law, if anything can go wrong, it will...

The new d:fine In-Ear Broadcast Headset Microphone is built on the same capsules and
mechanical design that have made DPA's d:fine range so popular

T

hat's not much comfort to a
television broadcaster with a
critical live programme to deliver.
Given the unpredictability of live
television, not to mention all the
technology involved, the prospect of
Murphy's Law being enacted is surely
enough to bring most people out in a
nervous rash.
While it may not be possible to
counter Murphy's Law entirely, you
can reduce the chances of disaster
striking by using reliable, welldesigned technology from a world
class manufacturer. This, in a nutshell,
is what DPA Microphones is offering
with its new d:fine In-Ear Broadcast
Headset Microphone. Already the
benchmark for theatre applications,
DPA is now setting a new standard for
the broadcast industry with the launch
of this product, which is the latest
addition to its award-winning d:fine
range.
Targeted at broadcast hosts and
guests who use in-ear monitors to
communicate with their producers
backstage or to hear foldback from
people interviewed outside the studio,
this versatile microphone combines
the exceptional sound quality, for
which DPA is rightly famous, with
a state of the art in-ear monitoring
solution.
"By integrating a monitoring

component into our d:fine headset
design, we have succeeded in
combining two parallel systems, and
creating an easy to use solution that
eliminates the need for separate in-ear
monitors and headset microphones,"
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."
The new d:fine In-Ear Broadcast
Headset Microphone is built on the
same state of the art capsules and
mechanical design that have made
DPA's d:fine range so popular around
the world. On first inspection, the
unit looks delicate, but don't be
fooled by appearances because it is
actually very tough and durable,
thanks to the years of product
design engineering that DPA
has undertaken at its factory
in Denmark, where all of the
company's
microphones
are
handmade.
The unit incorporates two cables
- microphone and In-Ear - that run
in parallel to give a neat and tidy look.

A spring steel construction at the earhook offers quick mounting around
virtually any ear, while the cable to
the integrated In-Eear plug(s) can be
lengthened or shortened to suit the
user. 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. It is easy to adjust
headset mount size, and by choosing
between left and right ear orientation,
it is even possible to give the broadcast
host a 'camera blind' side.
As anyone who has ever presented a
TV show will know, broadcast studios
are tough environments where you
often get hot and sweaty under the
powerful studio lights. If you are
wearing a headset microphone you
need to know that the heat and
moisture from your own body isn't
going to impact on that microphone's
performance, or its sound quality.
"We understand that concern,"

says Mikkel Nymand, "and we know
that our products must be durable
if they are to prove their worth. In
busy studios where you have lots of
activity going on, it is very easy for a
headset microphone to get knocked
about, bent and pushed out of shape.
We've made these issues part of our
design brief, and have incorporated
little tricks like drop stoppers to
keep moisture from running into the
capsule and detachable cables, so
that if something does go wrong, you
no longer have to take the mic out of
commission to carry out the repair. All
you have to do is take the cable off,
and replace it with a spare."
As with all DPA products, ease of
use and sound quality are key. The
d:fine In-Ear Broadcast Microphone
comes with ear-pads in two different
sizes, and great care has been taken to
ensure that there is no audio leakage
between the in-ear drivers and the
microphone capsule, which can be
either omnidirectional or directional.
DPA has also incorporated a
miniature MicroDot connector for the
microphone and a mini-jack for the InEar. Adapters are available to fit most
professional wireless beltpacks.
Several combinations are available;
from the easiest to fit Single-Ear
Mount, Single In-Ear construction, via
DPA's popular Dual-Ear Mount, Single
In-Ear that offers higher mounting
safety, but still leaves one ear free of
a plug to preserve direct acoustical
cues. There is also a Dual-Ear Mount,
Dual In-Ear option for two-channel
monitoring from producers, or for
stage monitoring for theatre actors
and singers.
While DPA has chosen black for its
microphone and In-Eear cables, it
offers a choice of non-reflecting black/
silver for its In-Ear plugs, and black,
brown, or beige for the earhooks and
microphone booms.
For more information, please visit
www.dpamicrophones.com

On first inspection, the unit looks
delicate, but don't be fooled by appearances


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