REVIEW – d:screet™ SC4098
BY SIMON BYRNE, Think Project Design, Australia.
Good lectern microphones are of critical importance for those events where speech is the primary source.
I’ve been looking to upgrade from the ubiquitous Shure MX412 or Countryman Isomax 4’s so I loaned a pair of DPA SC4098 Supercardiod microphones
and toured with them on a recent roadshow.
The 4098’s are part of DPA’s miniature series
. The miniature capsule is combined with an interference tube which contributes to the microphone’s directionality (more on this later). They are available in various lengths right up to 1.2 metres as well as flexible options at the top and the bottom of the unit. They are thinner than most competitors so likely more fragile.
As well as the standard XLR output, they are available with microdot connectors. When combined with microdot DPA’s adaptor system
, it opens up the possibility of using them with most wireless microphones systems. Fantastic for those events where the lectern needs to be set/struck super quickly.
So, how do they sound? I instantly noticed their smooth frequency right up to the top end where other microphones can become a bit harsh. The frequency response did not break up as presenters went of axis.
I also noticed that they seemed to have a lot of “reach”. That is, I had more gain before feedback with soft and inexperienced presenters.
Read the full review from Simon Byrne, Think Project Design, Australia here