|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
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.