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CTW NAMM Coverage: DPA d:fine

Released only a few months ago, the d:fine has been a hugely popular headset mic. I talked with my friend Jarrod from DPA and he told me they were flying off the shelves. It makes sense; it’s a great mic. I’ve been recommending them to everyone because they are easy to use and they sound better than every other headset mic out there. 

The d:fine is a single ear headset, developed because many loved the sound of the 4066 and 4088, but didn’t like the dual-ear design. Apparently, there are some who are happy because there was a request for a dual-ear version of the d:fine. While it makes no sense to me, it’s now available if you really feel you need the dual-ear. The nice things is, the way the mic is designed, you can actually add the second ear holder to the existing mic. It connects easily so you could use the same mic in either configuration. Those Danes are always thinking.

Jarrod Renaud models the new super short boom.

Additionally, we got a look at the new super-short boom version that is due out in about six weeks. Developed primarily for theater, it’s nearly invisible from the front. Because the element is farther from the mouth, they are going to do a little bit of EQ in the mic to restore the lost HF content, but it should otherwise sound pretty much the same as the longer boom. 

Pricing on the short boom will be about the same as the long boom, and because of the modular design, you could purchase just the short boom and use it with your existing cable and earpiece. Thus, it would be really simple to build a kit that includes both ear pieces, both boom lengths and you’d be ready for anything. 

8 Comments

  1. mitch.aldridge@mscwired.org

    Have you tried both the omin and directional versions? If so, which do you prefer?

  2. mitch.aldridge@mscwired.org

    Have you tried both the omin and directional versions? If so, which do you prefer?

  3. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Mitch,
    The omni is less sensitive to placement, so I generally prefer those. However, if your user is going to be standing out in front of the PA as they speak, the cardioid will give you a few dB more gain before feedback.
    mike

  4. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Mitch,
    The omni is less sensitive to placement, so I generally prefer those. However, if your user is going to be standing out in front of the PA as they speak, the cardioid will give you a few dB more gain before feedback.
    mike

  5. henro.ritchie@gmail.com

    Hi Mike

    The d:fine sure looks like a brilliant little mic. I am used to the Shure/Countryman setup but I am not sold on the performance. What is you opinion? What is the best headset wireless combination out there?

    Regards
    Henro

  6. henro.ritchie@gmail.com

    Hi Mike

    The d:fine sure looks like a brilliant little mic. I am used to the Shure/Countryman setup but I am not sold on the performance. What is you opinion? What is the best headset wireless combination out there?

    Regards
    Henro

  7. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Henro,
    I've tried for years to get Countryman's to sound good, to no avail. I've found the AT 892 and Da Cappo DA12 to be a great step in the right direction. That is, until we heard the d:fine. It's simply the best one I've used. The EQ for our pastor is now almost completely flat (just a little d-essing as he has a sibilant voice) and he sounds, well, like our pastor!

    We're using the Shure UHF-R wireless right now, which I've found to be very stable, reliable and quite decent sounding. Though I'm anxious to check out the new ULX-D systems next month. Sennheiser, AT and others make good wireless gear, but when it comes to the mic, the d:fine is it.

    mike

  8. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Henro,
    I've tried for years to get Countryman's to sound good, to no avail. I've found the AT 892 and Da Cappo DA12 to be a great step in the right direction. That is, until we heard the d:fine. It's simply the best one I've used. The EQ for our pastor is now almost completely flat (just a little d-essing as he has a sibilant voice) and he sounds, well, like our pastor!

    We're using the Shure UHF-R wireless right now, which I've found to be very stable, reliable and quite decent sounding. Though I'm anxious to check out the new ULX-D systems next month. Sennheiser, AT and others make good wireless gear, but when it comes to the mic, the d:fine is it.

    mike

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