4088 Directional Headset Microphone

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      Open and natural sound


      • Pristine audio quality
      • Lightweight and flexible
      • Easy mounting to the left or right
      • Resistant to humidity
      • Flexible adapter system fits most professional wireless systems
      The classic 4088 Directional Headset Microphone is the industry standard in professional headset mics. It offers an open and natural sound making it ideal for both spoken word and vocal performance applications.


      This mic provides excellent off-axis rejection in high-SPL situations. It efficiently suppresses distant sound sources making it perfect for demanding live performance environments where background noise and feedback are concerns. In high-SPL events, or when feedback is a concern, this microphone will tackle these challenges with ease. The bass response is designed for optimal linearity at 2-3 cm (1 inch) from the sound source. This means that the bass roll-off will be relatively prominent at a greater distance - a paramount factor when it comes to rejection of background noise and in the fight to avoid feedback.

      The smooth and elegant design of the 4088 Directional Headset Microphone makes it the most invisible head-worn true cardioid microphone in the world. This microphone has a secure, dual-ear design that can be used for various performing talent applications. It has a small .64 cm (.25 in) diameter, which allows for discreet use. It only weighs 14 g (.5 oz) and is very comfortable when worn for long periods. The microphone can be mounted on the right or left side.

      The boom is 3 cm (1 in) longer than on the omnidirectional version, which matches the need for placement at the corner of the mouth. To avoid "popping", the capsule should not be placed directly in front of the mouth

      IP58 certified

      All CORE by DPA technology microphones 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

      Read more about the durability of all our CORE by DPA technology microphones.

      A bit about cardioids

      Named for its “heart shaped” polar pattern, a cardioid (or directional) microphone has the most sensitivity at the front and is least sensitive from the sides and at the back. They come in many variations – with wider or narrower angles of sensitivity (supercardioid, hypercardioid, wide cardioid etc.). Although cardioids also pick up sound coming in from the sides, this off-axis sound will normally be more or less colored and damped. The unique DPA capsule technique however skips the colorization of the sound coming from the sides or the rear of the mic and just reduces the sensitivity to these angles and thereby offers perfect sound stages. The amount of damping depends on the exact specifications of the mic.

      A cardioid microphone is, by definition, damped -6 dB at the 90°side entry of the microphone but for many, the word cardioid generally covers mics with a directional pattern versus omnis, which pick up sound from all directions.

      Due to their nature, directional mics are often used on the live stage – both during concerts as well as spoken-word events, to capture the focused sound of an instrument or voice. The narrow angle of sensitivity helps to minimize the bleed from other sounds on a busy stage. One thing to note with cardioid mics is the proximity effect, which causes an increase in bass response the closer the microphone is moved to the sound source. Therefore, when judging mic specs you should always look for a statement stating the distance at which the flat frequency response has been measured. In addition, cardioid mics are far more sensitive to wind, pop and handling noises than omni mics, so be sure to take precautions to guard against this.


      Adapter system gives you flexibility

      The adapters for wireless systems give you flexible, simple and affordable possibilities when choosing the MicroDot termination and an adapter. You are no longer bound to one wireless system. As circumstances change, you can just switch your adapter, instead of incurring the cost of a completely new microphone. When you make the switch, you won't hear any loss or change in sound quality.

      Our miniature microphones work with all leading wireless mic solutions, such as Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Wisycom, Zaxcom and many more. DPA Microphones’ ingenious adapter system is one of a kind in the industry. It protects your investment in fantastic sound for years to come.

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      Explore specs

      CORE by DPA extends the dynamic range from 97 dB to 111 dB. With 144 dB max SPL before clipping, giving plenty of headroom.
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      Architect specifications

      Below you will find the architect specifications for all 'Medium' sized variants of the 4088 Directional Headset Microphone.


      4088 Directional Headset Microphone

      4088 Black, MicroDot
      4088 Brown, MicroDot
      4088 Beige, MicroDot
      4088 Black, 3-pin LEMO
      4088 Brown, 3-pin LEMO
      4088 Beige, 3-pin LEMO
      4088 Black, TA4F Mini-XLR
      4088 Brown, TA4F Mini-XLR
      4088 Beige, TA4F Mini-XLR
      4088 Black, Mini-Jack
      4088 Brown, Mini-Jack
      4088 Beige, Mini-Jack
      In operation, both the omni and directional headsets sound natural even before any equalization, and deliver impressive level without feedback, even when the user is positioned relatively close to a loudspeaker cluster.
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      Alternative microphones


      4188 and 4288 Series Directional Headset Mic

      Combining the legendary sound of the 4088 Directional Capsule with a lightweight and flexible headset system, these ear- and headset mics are ideal for both spoken word and vocal performance applications.

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      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.

      Read more and configure your mic

      4066 Omni Headset Mic

      The 4066 Omni Headset Mic offers clean and transparent sound quality with lots of headroom. For years, it has been the chosen headset for broadcasters as well as theaters on Broadway and London's West End.

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      4166 and 4266 Series Omni Headset Mic

      These mics combine the legendary sound of the 4066 with a lightweight and flexible headset system. This condenser mic is easy and fast to adjust and it offers clean and transparent sound quality.

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      Optional accessories


      Foam Windscreen for Miniature Microphones

      The size and construction of the foam ensures that the windscreen does not attenuate the higher frequencies more than the tolerance field of the microphone frequency response.

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      Makeup Cover for 4088 Headset Microphone

      Fits most round-headed, directional DPA headset microphones, including 4088, 4288  (also in-ear versions).

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      Pop Screen for 4088 Headset Microphone

      A metal mesh pop screen for most round-headed, directional DPA headset microphones, including 4088, 4288  (also in-ear versions). Further reduces the amount of pop noise picked up by the microphone. 

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      4088 delivers for musical Scorsese: American Crime Requiem

      When For The Record Live made its triumphant return to Beverly Hills in the all-new production, Scorsese: American Crime Requiem at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Sound Designer Ben Soldate turned to DPA Microphones to deliver crisp, clear audio for the all-star casts’ celebration of the work of the great filmmaker, Martin Scorsese.
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      I was quite simply blown away by the fact that this microphone, with no processing of any kind, represented my voice as naturally as any large-diaphragm condenser or high-end ribbon mic I’d ever heard.
      Read the full review on Sound and Video Contractor



      How to mic speech on stage with headworn mics

      Auditoriums, churches, educational facilities, conference rooms, courtrooms and theaters are all places where one or more people speak to an audience. If that speaker is untrained, and/or doesn’t know to speak up in a clear and articulate manner, this can be an issue.
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      Product IDs

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      Identify your product by viewing the attached label. The label has a color, which defines the color code and the prefix defines the serial number.

      4088 CORE Directional Headset Mic, Loud SPL
      Serial number prefix: K
      Label color: Red