Lyons, CO (August 19, 2004)–It’s not often that the public debut of a piece of pro audio equipment attracts interest from the mainstream press. But the onscreen appearance of CNN’s announcers at the Democratic National Convention sporting new DPA Microphones headsets was deemed newsworthy not only by the New York Post but also talk radio.
The topic of conversation was the unique appearance of DPA’s new 4088 cardioid headset mic. By all accounts, commentators were unsure what they were seeing, but according to president Bruce Myers of DPA Microphones, there was no mistaking the sound quality. Switching between channels during DNC coverage, he says, the superior sound on CNN was very noticeable. “The difference in clarity, the articulation and the definition is not subtle,” he reported.
Already a leader in the omni headset world, Myers continued, DPA set its sights on building a cardiod headset mic for those occasions where environmental noise level or feedback concerns preclude the use of an omni. “As an audio professional for over 30 years, I was told repeatedly that designing a cardioid microphone that sounds like an omni is a complete and total impossibility. But we’ve developed a cardioid headset that does have the same neutral sound quality that the 4066 omni has become famous for.”
The 4088’s side-address element was developed for proximity effect and flat frequency response characteristics at a distance of two to three centimeters from the mouth. The true first order cardioid can handle 144dB SPL and offers 20 to 25dB rejection, broadband.
CNN has ordered 16 more 4088 headsets and will reportedly use them during the Republican National Convention at the end of this month.
DPA Microphones, Inc.