3 mm of audio perfection

You’ve never heard a subminiature like this before

Tiny but mighty

Our new Subminiature Microphones are just 3 mm (0.12 in) in size but pack the audio power of larger, award-winning DPA mics. What they lack in size, they more than make up for in clarity, consistency and durability – three qualities that really matter.

We’ve taken the amazing CORE by DPA technology and shrunk it down to fit into our 3 mm (0.12 in) subminiature mics. So now you don’t have to compromise on sound to focus on aesthetics.

The 3 mm (1.2 in) subminiature looks 60%25 smaller than the 5 mm (2.1 in).

Precision engineering and miniscule optimizations of our capsule technology have created a subminiature that significantly outperforms all other mics in their class – and beyond.

The 4060 has been the point of reference in what I do for quite a some time. Moving to CORE was an unbelievable step-up in sound quality and now the 6060 is even better and, somehow, smaller. I find it remarkable that we can achieve studio quality sound from a microphone that small. For me, it is the best miniature capsule DPA have ever made."


– Richard Brooker, Sound Designer

6066 Subminiature Headset

The new one-size-fits-all headset microphone is the most advanced construction on the market. It ensures comfort, even during long-term wear, but does so without sacrificing security. Its form grips gently and snuggly around the head and is easily adjustable. The spring mechanisms that grip around the ears are gentle, yet firm enough for you to feel secure during your performance. The headset can be easily customized on site to suit individual performers for perfect fit.

The 6066 Subminiature Headset starts shipping in November.

d:fine™

6066 Headset Subminiature Mic

A 3 mm (0.12 in) capsule mounted on our most unique and flexible headset. This solution combines the need for exceptional audio with a secure, comfortable all-day professional headset solution. This is an ideal solution for theatre, broadcast and conference / event use.

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6066 features

  • Amazing 3 mm CORE by DPA capsules technology
  • Renowned DPA sound in a 60% smaller capsule
  • One-size-fits-all, headset fits securely and comfortably
  • 2-way adjustable, non-reflective boom with locking system
  • Unique, comfortable 3-point gripping system above, below and behind the ear
  • New 90° cable management constructed to guide the cable and minimize cable breaks


The capsule of the d:fine™ CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset is just three millimeters in diameter, but packs the audio power of larger, award-winning DPA mics. Despite its small size, it is abundant in clarity, consistency and durability – three qualities that truly matter. By shrinking our newly introduced CORE by DPA technology, we ensure you don't have to compromise on sound to focus on aesthetics.

6066 on performer

Beyond this minimized size and maximized sound potential, these mics also sport a completely redesigned, lightweight, one-size-fits-all headset that attaches over the ears for maximum comfort. 3-point ear grips with spring mechanisms help grip below the ears and to the side of the head for added security.



A 2-way adjustable boom system (length and height) with an anti-rotate mechanism and sliding lock makes this new headset very easy to fit. A new 90° cable management system safeguards the cable and directs it down the wearer’s back, where it can’t be seen.
Overall DPA have performed the trick of making something extremely lightweight and small, which still feels sturdy enough to withstand professional use.
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6060 Series Subminiature Lavalier

d:screet™ 6060 CORE Subminiature Microphones are just 3 mm (0.12 in) in size, which makes them some of the smallest you can find. They are most often placed somewhere on the talent’s body as a hidden bodyworn mic,  allowing free movement during the performance while at the same time maintaining high speech intelligibility as well.

The 6060 Subminiature Lavalier starts shipping in November.

d:screet™

6060 Series Subminiature Lavalier

Just 3 mm (0.12 in) and available in a normal and a loud SPL version, the d:screet™ 6060 and 6061 Subminiature Lavalier mics pack the audio power of our larger, award-winning DPA mics. What they lack in size, they more than make up for in clarity, consistency and durability – three qualities that really matter. By shrinking CORE by DPA technology, we ensure you don't have to compromise on sound to focus on aesthetics.
 

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6060 and 6061 features

  • Amazing 3 mm CORE capsule technology
  • Renowned DPA sound in a 60% smaller package
  • Stainless steel, PVD coated mic housing
  • Modular adapter system fits most professional wireless systems



6060 hidden in white shirt

Tiny and more versatile

These lavaliers are often used as hidden mics, especially in TV, film and theater applications. By shrinking the amazing performance of CORE into a 3 mm (0.12 in) package, DPA has created solutions that support professional sound engineers across industries:
 
  • On theatre stages, where crisp, clear DPA sound is hidden on the actors with a bodyworn mic
  • On high-profile film sets, where every millimeter counts when hiding bodyworn mics on actors or as plant mics on the film stage
  • On the broadcast news or sound stage, where an unobtrusive lavalier mic allows viewers to focus on the speaker and the content
Placement and mounting depend on which application the mic is being used. In theater applications, these tiny mics can be concealed in the performer's hair, on the forehead or even in their clothing. In broadcast environments, the lavalier will typically be clipped to the speaker's clothing, usually on the tie, jacket or collar. As mentioned above, lavalier mics are very common in film applications, where they are often hidden in costumes or used as plant mics.

To attach these bodyworn mics to the talent, a special rotatable clip has been designed. The 360° clip allows the lav to be mounted in eight positions, chosen in 45° incremental steps. It allows easy placement on the talent and makes it quick and easy to change from left- to right-buttoned shirts.

Advanced new mic design

Both the mic itself plus the cap are made of stainless steel and treated with a Physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating that makes it extremely durable: able to tolerate high temperatures, resilient against impacts and resistant to abrasion. The entire mic has a pleasant matte look due to the coating.

The cable is often the weak spot on these types of mics, but we have opted to use the same size cable (Ø 1.6 mm (0.06 in)) and the same rugged cable relief as on our 5 mm (0.20 in) mics. The cables are extremely durable, do not become entangled and are equipped with an inner core made of Kevlar that withstands rough pulls.

CORE by DPA

CORE by DPA is a powerful new amplifier technology at the heart of our miniature microphones. We’ve minimized distortion. From a whisper to a scream, you will experience increased clarity and openness. CORE is available for all of our miniature microphone solutions and is now a key component of our amazing subminiature line of microphones.

While CORE has significantly improved the performance of all of our 5 mm (0.20 in) miniature mics, you will be amazed at the advanced performance CORE has provided our new 3 mm (0.12 in) subminiature range. Contrary to common understanding, our CORE subminiatures have a performance level that is comparable to our amazing miniature technology. Precision engineering and miniscule optimizations of our capsule technology have created a subminiature that significantly outperforms all other mics in their class – and beyond.

Due to the laws of physics, in general when you go down in membrane size, the self-noise of a microphone increases. Nevertheless, in the case of the new DPA 3 mm subminiature, we have been able to keep the noise level comparable to our 5 mm (0.20 in). In fact, the Loud-SPL version of the subminiature has a noise level that is the same as our 5 mm (0.20 in) versions. The Loud-SPL version of this mic is perfect for close miking situations like placement on an actor's forehead. It is also the version used on all of our headsets.

By shrinking the amazing performance of CORE into a 3 mm (0.12 in) package, DPA has created solutions that support professional sound engineers across industries:
 
  • On theatre stages, where crisp, clear DPA sound needs to be delivered via an unobtrusive headset or hidden bodyworn mic
  • On high-profile film sets, where every millimeter counts when hiding bodyworn mics on actors or as plant mics on the film stage
  • On the broadcast news or sound stage, where an unobtrusive headset or lavalier mic allows viewers to focus on the speaker and the content


IP58 certified

The CORE Subminiatures, are IP58 certified. This durability is achieved through a number of defense mechanisms:

•    Water-repellant nano-coating of the cover and housing
•    Hermetic sealing of the sensitive amplifier at the core of the mic
•    Dual gold plating of the diaphragm

CORE by DPA minimizes distortion

When the output of the microphone no longer sounds like the input, we call this distortion. Although all systems and mics add some distortion, well-designed systems and mics exhibit less distortion. By increasing the dynamic range of the mics, CORE extends the point at which the distortion is audible. In addition, CORE lowers the general distortion heard at all levels – from soft to loud. That means a clearer more open sound across the entire microphone level range.

CORE by DPA expands dynamic range

In the 5 mm (0.20 in) miniature products, CORE by DPA  increases the dynamic range up to 14 dB (at 1% THD) depending on the specific type of capsule. The performance of the d:screet™ 6060 CORE Subminiature Series is sonically and specifications-wise comparable to the legacy 5 mm (0.20 in) miniature capsules. These subminiatures have a lower noise floor than any other 3 mm (0.12 in) capsule on the market and they are better able to capture high sound pressure levels without distortion as well.

This gives users more flexibility by expanding the range of sounds that can be captured. In most cases, sound engineers prefer a mic with a wide dynamic range because they can use one mic to capture a wider range of sounds and in more applications.
Increased dynamic range = Increased workable range

With its increased dynamic range, a mic with CORE by DPA technology is less vulnerable to overload. At the same time, the mic maintains its low noise floor.

 

CORE by DPA increases clarity

The technical specifications of CORE by DPA technology can be measured and shown in tables, but most importantly, uncompromised clear sound across the entire workable range needs to be heard. Amazing sound has been reported by DPA users across the globe and that sound has been improved and implemented into the CORE versions of our microphones.

A graphical representation of what can be measured and heard is given in the example below. It shows that  across the workable range of the mic, overall distortion has dropped. These mics have the ability to accept very high sound pressure levels and yield the most clear and open sound you have ever heard.
 

Who should choose CORE by DPA?

Anyone looking for the BEST achievable sound on the market should choose CORE as it provides consistency, clarity and amazing speech intelligibility in any application. Two applications where CORE stands out as a necessity are film recording and theater.

In the film recording industry, CORE can potentially save the sound crew a lot of time, effort and money. DPA microphones are known for their ability to withstand expressive acoustical sound pressure levels (SPL) without distortion and now CORE minimizes distortion even more. With such a large dynamic range, one microphone can be bodyworn on an actor that needs to whisper in one scene and scream in the next.

Similarly, theater applications often also need to capture wildly varying SPLs with one bodyworn microphone. In addition, when there are 30 or more mics on the stage, the clear and open sound of CORE will brighten the entire sound picture.

In addition, try putting a CORE mic on any musical instrument and you will hear it as never before.

Learn why is important in the modern-day audio chain in our Mic University article – Three points about CORE by DPA

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