The unobtrusive nature of the d:screet Necklace may even improve performances, as artists may feel “unmiked."
DPA’s latest product—the d:screet Necklace microphone—was reportedly conceived for use in the burgeoning reality TV market as a unobtrusive transducer, one that can still be worn sans shirt while “offering fast, repeatable and ‘do-it-yourself’ mounting.” Upon first glance, I immediately thought of other possible applications in which it may be an ideal solution and was eager to put it to use.

From $650 street, the d:screet Necklace features DPA’s awesome 4061 omnidirectional miniature capsule, handling up to 144 dB-SPL before clipping, embedded in a pliable rubber necklace-length cord (18.3- or 20.9-inches in length), available in black, white and brown. It attaches much like a necklace, with an “insert and turn” clasp, and is bolstered by magnetic components: one try and you’ve figured it out. It’s ready for essentially any pro-grade wireless system with a bevy of purchasable adapters; an XLR adapter is even available for wired use.

In direct comparison to a lapel mic of comparable quality, it offers a notably warm, fuller sound, no doubt due to its position under the chin on an artist’s chest. It is a bit rounded off on the top end, making it slightly less “crisp” than a rigidly mounted lapel mic; this is with a 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- 2dB frequency response plus a built-in 10 dB boost at 12 kHz. However, the d:screet Necklace’s convenience factor ultimately wins, and any lack in high frequency is easily overcome with slight corrective EQ.

I had a blast using this mic with a variety of performers/speakers: two actor/singers, male and female, in community theater; a pastor who wanted to roam a bit from the pulpit; and a mic-shy singer-songwriter. In each case, I believe the unobtrusive nature of the d:screet Necklace improved performances, as they all quickly felt “unmiked,” especially in the case of the singer/songwriter. As such, I believe it could be a great tool in crafting an “unplugged” vibe in intimate performance settings.

Also, while lapel mics feel quite “corporate,” for lack of a better word, there was a certain cool factor applied in using the d:screet Necklace; the pastor commented how he appreciated not worrying about “brushing up against a lapel,” which is a notable benefit of the d:screet Necklace. Both actors preferred the necklace over lapels, saying that they felt more comfortable in putting it on, and that it left less room for error in positioning, etc. I agree.