DPA Microphones has launched a new version of the d:fine In-Ear Broadcast Headset Microphone. 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. The microphone capsule can be either omnidirectional or directional.
The unit incorporates two cables — microphone and in-ear — that run parallel to give a clean look. A steel spring construction at the ear hook offers quick mounting around virtually any ear, while the cable to the integrated in-ear 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.
For the new d:fine In-Ear, DPA has incorporated a miniature MicroDot connector for the microphone and a mini-jack for the in-ear component. Adapters are available to fit most professional wireless beltpacks.
Several combinations are available; the easiest-to-fit Single-Ear Mount, Single In-Ear construction or DPA’s Dual-Ear Mount with a Single In-Ear, which 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 with Dual In-Ear option for two-channel monitoring from producers or for stage monitoring for theater actors and singers.
While DPA has chosen black for its microphone and in-ear cables, it offers a choice of non-reflecting black/silver for its in-ear plugs and black, brown or beige for the ear hooks and microphone booms.