DPA 4088F - Beige

Miniature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Mic - Beige
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Sound Quality, Visual Elegance and Versatility!

When it comes to amplifying your voice with a microphone, you really have just four options: a mic on a stand, a handheld mic, a lavalier or a headset. The latter two offer hands-free mobility, and the lavalier is a popular choice for preachers, lecturers and "stand-up" entertainers, but if you want to take the quality and consistency of your sound to the next level, The DPA 4088 miniature cardioid headband provides the best sounding directional headworn microphone available today for performing talent of various sorts. Type 4088F is the beige version of the 4088.

DPA 4088F at a Glance:
  • Miniature cardioid condenser headworn mic.
  • Improved feedback rejection.
  • Compatible with all leading professional wireless systems.
  • The most invisible headworn cardioid microphone today.
Strong, Natural Sound with Feedback Rejection

The DPA 4088 headset offers many sonic benefits. The 4088 headset delivers the same sound whether the person is looking up, down, straight ahead or to the side. Second, the 4088 headset mic can be positioned in a prime spot close to the mouth. This translates to a strong, natural sound that has fewer feedback problems. DPA's model 4088 headset mic extends the benefits of the category another notch or two by nature of its cardioid (directional) pickup pattern. Unlike the common omnidirectional headset mic, the 4088 is designed to reject sound coming from behind the mic's element. This includes floor wedge monitors, loud instruments, reverb and any other unwanted sound source. The end result is cleaner sound, with improved feedback rejection. Open, natural and reliable are the most descriptive words for this microphone. The high quality of the microphone itself means that you will hear the sound of the voice right away - not the microphone.

Designed For Acoustically Demanding Live Performance

The all-new DPA 4088 cardioid headband mic is a clear winner. Small and lightweight, just 14 grams (1/2 oz), no other headband offers such a secure and comfortable fit. Quality construction, the use of moisture resistant materials and compatibility with all leading professional wireless systems, makes the DPA 4088 the ultimate miniature to maximize live performance. In high SPL events and when feedback is a concern, the 4088 will tackle these challenges with ease. The capsule is hidden in a small and ultralightweight housing. The bass response is designed for optimal linearity at 2-3 centimeters (about 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 mechanical design is based on the proven construction quality of the 4066 headband microphone. The headband mount is exactly the same, however the boom is 3 centimeters longer, to match the need for placement at the corner of the mouth. To avoid "popping", the element should not be put directly in front of the mouth. The sound timbre and of the mouth as it is in the front. Sound quality, visual elegance and versatility go hand in hand to transform every show into the performance of a lifetime.

Visual Elegance and Versatility

The smooth and elegant design of the 4088 makes it the most invisible headworn cardioid microphone today. Sound quality, visual elegance and versatility go hand in hand to transform every show into the performance of a lifetime. The capsule is a pre-polarized first order pressure gradient transducer, hidden in a small and lightweight housing with dimensions just slightly larger than our omni capsules. The mechanical design is based on the proven build quality of the 4066 headband microphone. The headband mount is exactly the same; the boom however is 3 centimeters longer, to be able to match the need for placement at the corner of the mouth. The flexibility and stability of this construction is unique and has no equal.

DPA 4088F Features:
  • Principle of operation: Pressure gradient.
  • Cartridge type: Pre-polarized condenser element with vertical diaphragm.
  • Power supply: Min 5V - max. 50V through the adapter system from DPA Microphones.
  • Frequency range: 100Hz - 20Khz (+/-2dB between 500Hz and 20kHz; 4-6dB soft boost at 15kHz).
  • Directional characteristics: Cardioid.
  • Equivalent noise level A-weighted: Typ. 26dB (A) re 20microPa.
  • Sensitivity: Nominally 6mV/Pa.
  • Equiv. noise level ITU-R BS.468-4: Typ. 38dB (max. 40dB).
  • Capsule diameter: 5.5mm (0.25in).
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD): 123dB SPL peak (<1%THD), 120dB SPL sine (<1%THD).
  • Preamplifier cable drive capability: Up to 984ft (300m).
  • Maximum sound pressure level: 144dB SPL before clipping.
  • Weight: 0.49oz (14g) incl. cable and MicroDot connector.
  • Operating temperature range: +14 to 113 degrees F (-10 to 45 degrees C).
  • Cable length: 1.8m.
  • Cable color: Beige.
  • Color: Beige.

Additional Media

4066 and 4088 Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Compatibility Adapter Required for Wireless Connection
Connector MicroDot
Color Beige
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone Type Condenser
Frequency Response 100Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 144dB SPL
Signal to Noise Ratio 68dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 26dB (A weighted)
Cable Length 3.9 ft.
Weight .03 lb. (14g)
Manufacturer Part Number 4088-F

Customer Reviews

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I play keyboards and sing. Using a wireless Shure SM58 for years, I was always happy with the sound, but I wanted the freedom to move. Keeping your head over middle C is restrictive to both playing and singing. I tried Shure, Countryman, Sennheiser, and Audio Technica headset mics, before I found the DPA. Pricey, but what a beautiful sound, and I hardly notice I have it on. I can move all over the room and not get feedback. I have a big voice, and always had to pull off the Shure on the big notes. Not the DPA. It's great to have a piece of equipment exceed your expectations. All that being said, I have only had it for a few weeks, so I don't know about its durability. Judging from the design features that obviously protect each vulnerable connection, I'm expecting the best.
Music background: Gospel singer/songwriter performing for ten years

1st headworn mic our sound engineer likes

We've used Shure Beta 54s for the last 14 years, and they're really good, but sound engineers always groused about them. They much prefer the sound of handheld microphones. HOWEVER, I took a deep breath and paid the bigger bucks when it came time to replace one of the old ones, and our sound engineer is ecstatic. He said the highs are suddenly much clearer. Singing seems much more effortless and I'm finding it easier to use more color and styling since the subtleties are now more audible to me. Based on an earlier review, I contacted Sweetwater rep Lindsey Becker, who uses this microphone personally, and she answered every question.We have some serious choreography in our show band, with head snaps and head tosses, and this doesn't move. It's not quite as convenient as the Shure 54's for eating and drinking since the microphone isn't on a swivel joint, but it also doesn't drop out of place when we're jumping. It's much more comfortable, and ladies, I can once again wear earrings during shows. (With Shure 54s dangly earrings hit the metal microphone boom and add quite a bit of unintended percussion, bringing glares from the sound engineer and immediate jewelry removal.)It's more money, but depending on what you do, worth it!
Music background: Singer-dancer

Over the top.

As far as headset mic's go, this one is top of the line. Virtually no eq necessary, and it sounds incredible. Our recordings are now far better, as well.

If you need a headworn microphone this one beats them all

Ok folks I had never heard of DPA microphones before Lindsey Becker (our Sweetwater sales associate) introduced me to it. I don't normally try a brand I'm not familiar with and in the past we've always used Shure, AKG and Line 6 headworn microphones. Well I can tell you the DPA is a killer mic for tonal quality and feedback rejection. Our keyboard player's voice now stands out front where it should be and the tonal quality and presence of the DPA 4088F truly made a difference. You need to try one and you'll understand. Lindsey is at extension 1674 and you won't be disappointed with her knowledge and experience with all types of musical gear. Oh by the way, she's a musician and knows her stuff.
Music background: Pro Musician

Love the sound!

Very intensely beautiful sound. Have to be used with some care and savvy, the sound guys may give you grief but once you learn how these babies work they are a one-of-a-kind-pure-sound. Love them!
Music background: Touring Musician
See also: Headsets, DPA, DPA Wireless Transmitters and Receivers, DPA Headset Microphones