Headworn microphones, whether on one ear – earset – or two ears – headset, are popular because of their ease of use, amazing sound and flexibility. Once placed on the performer, the microphone sits securely and unobtrusively close to the sound source and allows the user to move freely about without having to hold a microphone in the hand or have a lavalier mic clipped on the shirt. Headworn mics remove the disadvantage of changing color of the sound as the head moves around.
Ear- and headset mics are commonly seen used in theaters, houses of worship, at conferences, on TV broadcasts and many other events.
DPA Microphones offers a wide range of headset and earset microphones that can be used in a wide range of settings. Make sure to choose the perfect headset microphone for your needs. Things to consider are:
Loud setting vs. quiet space
Cardioid mics are best in settings where a lot is happening, for example on some theater stages. A cardioid microphone adds isolation to the sound source and is great at avoiding feedback on a loudspeaker-amplified set. On the other hand, cardioids are more sensitive to pop-noise (the P-sounds for example produce high plosive noise) and handling noise. In a quieter setting, or when only one person is performing, perhaps an omnidirectional microphone is preferred.
Stability vs. ease and quickness
Earset models tend to be more comfortable and are quicker to put on and take off. Earsets are a good choice for conference use with a lot of individual users; headset models stay firmly in place even during vigorous activity.
Small or really small
Although all of DPA capsule styles are small, the flat capsules are slightly smaller and harder to see.
In addition, the color that best compliments the performers’ skin tone and the correct boom length to ensure proper mic placement at the corner of the smile, are important to consider. Finally, if you need to use in-ear monitors, for broadcast or on stage, there is a range of versions available as well.