DPA Microphones's distinct characteristics are all present in the new 2017. Extremely clear and uniform sound, as well as unparalleled durability, are the key features of this shotgun microphone, which, in addition, outperforms its main competitors with considerably smaller size and weight.
Its compact size (184 mm) and weight of 115 grams make the DPA 2017 a highly recommended microphone for outdoor sound capture, whether on a boom or mounted on cameras, among other applications. However, its size does not compromise its performance. Quite the opposite.
The 2017 introduces features that represent an evolution in this segment, offering crystal-clear and faithful sound reproduction, with exceptional off-axis rejection for optimal isolation of the desired sound source.
The remarkably low self-noise of this microphone is also worth noting. This low self-noise makes its performance in quiet environments excellent, as well as in mixes where tracks from multiple microphones are simultaneously recorded. This, combined with its 130dB dynamic range, makes the 2017 the perfect shotgun microphone for modern high-definition soundtracks and multichannel formats.
The effective frequency response of the 2017 at a distance of 60 cm ranges from 70 Hz to 18 kHz (±2 dB) with a gentle 2 dB emphasis at 15 kHz. The response curve has intentionally been kept flat to allow sound designers to shape the capture to their liking in post-production.
The 2017 features a third-order high-pass filter at 60 Hz to eliminate low-frequency noise, such as handling noise. The filter is set at a low frequency to ensure the richness of the voice and the ambiance of sounds.
Another notable aspect in terms of frequency response is that it does not change with the microphone's rotation about its longitudinal axis, which has been achieved through careful design of the interference tube.
The polar pattern of the 2017 is supercardioid at 1KHz. DPA has made extraordinary efforts to make off-axis rejection as effective as possible while creating a more uniform and linear off-axis response than any other similar microphone. In fact, significant off-axis rejection should not result in phase or similar problems. In this regard, the 2017 offers a completely natural transition.
Uniformity and consistency
Microphone experts and sound engineers know that most microphones significantly change their sound response depending on environmental factors, making it difficult to achieve consistent sound when mixing and editing audio.
The DPA 2017 offers reliability and an extremely consistent sound response, both indoors and outdoors, regardless of factors like temperature and humidity. DPA also pays special attention to uniformity among units. High precision in the manufacturing processes minimizes variations between units of the same model.
DPA has invested endless hours in R&D to develop the capsule of the 2017 and the surrounding structure, which determines the microphone's resistance to moisture, temperature changes, and physical impacts. In this case, a non-modular design with no interchangeable or movable parts, a robust grille, and a carefully designed slot pattern make it highly resistant to impacts without altering its sound character.
The 2017 is designed to work perfectly in both cold and hot conditions, as well as in humid environments. It can withstand direct exposure to rain and dries quickly to function perfectly. It also handles condensation without issues.
In conclusion, the new DPA 2017 is possibly one of the best microphones for broadcast and indoor and outdoor sound capture available today.