Alleroed, Denmark (July 16, 2019)—DPA Microphones’ project lead Rune Møller and R&D manager Ole Moesmann were on hand at the Aalto-Theatre in Essen, Germany, recently to receive a 2019 Red Dot Award for the company’s 6066 subminiature headset microphone, which won in the Product Design category.
The 6066 subminiature headset, which accommodates the 6000 series capsule, the smallest microphone DPA has ever made at only 3 mm, was reportedly a huge developmental task.
“From the outset, DPA’s goal was not to simply ‘improve’ the headset it already had, but to make the absolute best professional headset possible to support the company’s new subminiature microphone capsule,” says Møller, who was project lead of the development of the headset and responsible for its mechanical design.
“Starting with a clean sheet of paper, we set out to fully understand the actual challenges our users faced and how we might best meet their needs and requirements. Of course, we learned from existing products for evolutionary ideas, but we were also open to more revolutionary ideas.”
The challenge from a design point of view, Møller adds, was creating a solution that was optimized for all parameters. The frame had to be both comfortable and stable, and it also had to be a great fit for all users, even though people’s heads and ears don’t come in standard shapes or sizes. Style and sophistication were also critical.
“Overcoming the challenge of implementing all the features we wanted in a small and elegant package required a lot of considerations and creativity,” says Møller. “It was a fantastic journey and I am personally very pleased with the result. At first glance, the headset looks simple and elegant but, when you look closer, you start to see the detail and appreciate the functionality we have designed into it based on all the input we received from our customers.”
As a Red Dot laureate, DPA’s 6066 subminiature headset microphone now joins the “Design on Stage” exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, which presents all the award-winning products. It is also on display in the Red Dot Design Yearbook, online and in the Red Dot Design App.
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