2017 Shotgun Microphone

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      The most durable shotgun mic ever

      The 2017 Shotgun Microphone is an extremely directional mic that combines crystal clear, authentic sound and stable, consistent performance under harsh conditions.

      Its acoustical performance sets it apart from any competition. It has efficient off-axis rejection combined with an off-axis frequency response that is much more linear than most similar shotgun mics on the market. These are exactly the capabilities that result in authentic sound.

      In addition, the 2017 performs consistently in a variety of conditions, like cold weather and humid environments as well as in generally harsh situations.

      Finally, although the interference tube surrounding the capsule is quite long, the entire mic is contained in a shorter, lighter mic housing than many other mics that it outperforms. This makes the 2017 a practical choice in a wide range of applications.


      • Accurate, clean sound from the primary sound source combines effortlessly with natural sound captured off-axis
      • Extraordinary durability, with reinforced construction to perform in challenging environments, including high humidity
      • Outstanding off-axis rejection for optimal isolation of the desired sound source
      • Extremely directional pick-up pattern, with an effective interference tube in a compact housing
      • Easy to set up, position and use in fixed positions, on booms and on camera systems
      • Low self-noise, for excellent performance in quiet environments or with many open microphones


      Accurate, natural sound

      2017 is designed to ensure that the sound from the primary sound source combines effortlessly with natural sound captured off-axis. The sound is clear and lifelike, including the heavily-attenuated off-axis input. It exhibits the same non-coloration of the off-axis response, i.e., it sounds like what is coming in on-axis, just damped accordingly with the side and rear entries.

      Many other shotgun mics don’t pick up off-axis sound naturally, making, for example, the crowd noise sound more like a waterfall or even completely unrecognizable.

      Extraordinary durability

      The 2017 is constructed to withstand rough handling as well as difficult situations, such as cold climates and humidity.

      We have designed the encapsulating structure without moving mechanical parts and have found just the right thickness of material and ideal uniform pattern of slits on the grid. These things combined make the microphone extremely resistant to mechanical impact. In addition, the materials used inthe capsule design and electronics ensure the mic is resistant to moisture, temperature and condensation issues.

      The 2017 has a thick, robust body construction of brass that is exceptionally durable and known for its corrosion resistance and tolerance against metal fatigue. In addition, the surfaces of the mic are treated with a protective black chrome finish, which ensures more graceful ageing.

      Outstanding off-axis rejection

      2017, like all DPA’s directional mics, has outstanding performance off-axis. Due to the expertly designed interference tube technology, all off-axis input is highly attenuated.

      This means that the 2017 offers comparable directionality as comparable mics on the market, but due to the well-crafted design, the off-axis pickup is much more balanced as well as uniform. This gives the user a well-balanced compromise between natural off-axis sound and maximal off-axis rejection.


      Extremely directional pick-up pattern

      The 2017 is an extremely directional shotgun microphone. It shows impressive attenuation at 90° (around -10 dB) and maximal rejection around 125° (more than -20 dB). Its polar pattern provides a more even pickup of “on-scene” (0°) sound sources than many widely-used shotgun microphones and a larger rejection of out-of-scene noises, thereby achieving a better overall performance than many competing mics on the market.


      Easy to set up, position and use

      2017 is shorter, lighter and easier to use than competitive mics. Its smaller dimensions allow it to fit in smaller wind protection units and, since there are no buttons to push on it, you can place it in its protection unit and forget about it.

      In addition, the carefully-designed interference tube, combined with the uniform 360° grid, ensures consistent results even if the actual microphone gets rotated around the central axis. Other shotguns, with a less uniform grid pattern, suffer from shifts in sound color, if the mic is unintentionally rotated.


      Low self-noise

      With an extreme SPL (Sound Pressure Level) handling of 143 dB SPL Peak, low self-noise of 13 dB(A) and a 130 dB dynamic range, the 2017 excels where other good shotgun microphones fail, making it useful in applications where shotguns traditionally do not perform well.

      Low self-noise is useful when you need to capture/amplify quiet sources or when many microphones are open at the same time.

      Thoroughly tested to excel in the harshest situations

      2017 has lived up to our testing protocols that evaluate its physical robustness specifically regarding mechanical impact and humidity and condensation resistance.

      Several tests have been conducted to confirm that the microphone’s functionality is not affected by repeated rolling off shelves or tilting over on a mic stand onto a hardwood floor right onto the tip of the microphone.

      In addition, the microphone survives exposure to direct rain showers, and dries up quickly to return to perfect operation faster than many other shotguns on the market.

      Testing has shown that the 2017 can consistently and easily withstand and recover from condensation phenomenon, on par with the most stable shotgun mics on the market.

      Design choices by R&D

      Every decision was made by optimizing theoretical algorithms and performing extensive design modelling. This scientific approach allowed us to understand and break apart the dependencies between approximately 100 parameters, each of which influences mic performance. In this way, we could identify and overcome challenges and, in the end, design the shotgun mic that we envisioned, without compromising on clarity, consistency or durability.

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      Comparing the 2017 and 4017 

      While both the 2017 and 4017 are high-quality, professional shotgun mics, they do have their differences. Here is a quick rundown of key features to help you choose the right mic for your situation.  

      Frequency response 

      The 2017 has a comparable frequency response to the 4017C, but the 2017 low-cut filter @60 Hz results in an earlier low-end roll-off than in the 4017C. Using the 4017 with the MMP-B preamp, which has a built-in roll-off @ 50 Hz and a switchable first-order roll-off @ 120 Hz, gives more options.    


      The 2017 has a slightly higher sensitivity than the 4017 (with both the MMP-B and MMP-C preamps) to keep the self-noise of the microphone as low as you would expect from a microphone in this class. 

      Acoustic performance 

      The sonic character of 2017 is very similar to the 4017. Although both the amplifier and capsule design is different, the 2017 still has the renowned DPA signature sound clarity. 

      Mechanical robustness 

      The housing of 2017 is thicker than the 4017’s which gives it greater resistance to mechanical impact but also makes it a heavier solution. If a lightweight shotgun mic is needed, for example on a boom pole, the 4017 is the right choice. 


      The 2017 has a fixed capsule that cannot be removed. In comparison, the 4017 is modular so you can change the preamp.  

        2017 4017B
      Cable drive capability 100 m (328 ft) 100 m (328 ft)
      Capsule diameter 17 mm (0.67 in) 19 mm (0.75 in)
      Cartridge type Pre-polarized condenser Pre-polarized condenser
      Color Black Matte black
      Common mode rejection ratio (CMRR) > 60 dB > 40 dB
      Connector XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: - phase XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: signal - phase
      Current consumption 1.8 mA 4.5 mA
      Directional pattern Supercardioid at 1 kHz Supercardioid, lobe-shaped
      Distortion, THD < 1% 140 dB SPL (143 dB SPL peak) 134 dB SPL RMS, 137 dB SPL peak
      Dynamic range Typ. 130 dB Typ. 124 dB
      Effective frequency range, ±2 dB, at 60 cm (23.6 in) 70 Hz to 18 kHz with typ. 2 dB soft boost at 15 kHz 70 Hz - 18 kHz with typ. 3 dB soft boost at 15 kHz
      Equivalent noise level, A-weighted Typ. 13 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 15 dB(A)) Typ. 13 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 15 dB(A))
      Equivalent noise level, ITU-R BS.468-4   Typ. 24 dB (max. 26 dB)
      Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz 20 Hz - 20 kHz, permanent third order high pass filter at 50 Hz
      Max. SPL, THD 10% 145 dB SPL (148 dB SPL peak) 138 dB SPL peak
      Maximum output voltage, RMS 8.7 V (21 dBu) 2.0 V
      Microphone diameter 19 mm (0.75 in) 19 mm (0.75 in)
      Microphone length 184 mm (7.2 in) 212 mm (8.3 in)
      Minimum load impedance 2 kΩ 2 kΩ
      Output balance principle Impedance balancing with Active Drive Signal balanced
      Polarity +V at pin 2 for positive sound pressure +V at pin 2 for positive sound pressure
      Power supply (for full performance) P48 (Phantom Power) P48 (Phantom Power)
      Principle of operation Pressure gradient, with interference tube Pressure gradient, with interference tube
      Rated output impedance 60 Ω 100 Ω
      Relative humidity (RH) Up to 90 % Up to 90%
      Sensitivity, nominal, ±2 dB at 1 kHz 25 mV/Pa (± 2 dB ) 19 mV/Pa; -34.4 dB re. 1 V/Pa
      Switchable attenuator, filters etc.   High boost: +4 dB at 8 kHz. Low cut: First order filter, below 120 Hz
      Temperature range -40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F) -40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F)
      Weight 115 g 75g (2.65 oz)

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      Extreme SPL handling of 143 dB SPL Peak, low self-noise of 13 dB(A) and a 130 dB dynamic range.

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