New DPA Reference Standard Microphones

DPA Reference Standard - The Best Just Got Better!

Introducing the new DPA Reference Standard Microphones range...

The DPA family of high-end microphone capsules is the premium choice of leading audio engineers around the world. The new Reference Standard Microphones include the DPA sonic signature in every capsule whilst offering a choice of new state-of-the-art preamplifiers.

Any Reference Standard capsule can be transformed into a new configuration by combining it with any of the  3 new preamps - all with utter signal integrity, noise elimination and even tighter specifications.

Measure these new DPA microphones by any standard you please - future-proof flexibility has never sounded this good!


4000 Series

The Reference Standard 4000 Series builds and improves on DPA’s Compact & Standard 4006, 4011, 4015 & 4017 mics, making a wide selection of capsules available at different price points and performance demands. Three brand new preamplifiers feature several enhancements compared to previous designs:

  • The MMP-A  ultra-transparent transformerless preamp with active drive for impedance balancing.
  • The MMP-B  preamp with low cut and high boost filters.
  • The 45mm compact MMP-C preamp with a softer character.

The range’s modular design allows any microphone within the series to be transformed into a new variant. In addition, owning several capsules will be more cost effective than the expense of purchasing complete mics. As with all DPA products, the entire manufacturing process takes place at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

2000 Series

Also new to the range are pioneering new Twin Diaphragm Capsules which form the Reference Stand 2000 Series and bring the cost DPA quality within reach of a much wider audience.

The MMC2006 omni and MMC2011 cardioid capsules are rooted in the design technology of DPA’s classic miniature capsules. The 2006 encapsulates two opposite-facing 4060 omnidirectional miniature diaphragms to form a single-capsule, dual-diaphragm design, reducing noise and enhancing sensitivity. The 2011 also benefits from DPAs interference tube design experience. These models reflect the sound qualities of DPA’s classic 4006 omni and 4011 cardioid microphones but at a significantly lower price point.

Reference Standard Accessories

Innovative accessories increase versatility and allow for future upgrades or new applications. For example, a ground-breaking new DPA cable accessory features a super-slim XLR connector that adds extremely little length and forms an elegant spot microphone for suspension on a TV set or a live stage. A modular, carbon fibre stereo mounting bar is equipped with Rycote® Lyres™ to position mics stably at the desired angle for any stereo recording. This mounting device can also be screwed into a gooseneck for mounting inside a piano, or connected directly to a camera stand. Adjustable and modular, this innovative new mounting device is as flexible as the mic range itself.

“We never thought it would be possible to obtain such quality at this price, but with the 2000 Series we have managed to create a range with the exceptional sound quality people associate with DPA," said company co-founder Morten Stove. “Our miniatures have been used for years for instruments and concert recordings, and we have taken them a step further, refining them and building them into regular microphones. A big advantage is the fact that you can start out with the capsules from the 2000 series and then later upgrade to the 4000 series, as the preamps are the same. Once again our development team has done a great job.

Major Reference Standard  Features:

  • Cardioid and Wide Cardioid capsules can now handle 139 dB(A) before reaching 1% THD; the max SPL handling is increased to 159 dB (A) when using the MMP-A preamp and 152 dB for the MMP-C compact preamp respectively.
  • The 4006 Omni now handles 4dB more SPL before reaching 1% THD; max SPL handling is increased to 147 dB for the MMP-A preamp and 140 dB for the MMP-C preamp. The dynamic range is an impressive 121 dB – ready for 24 bit HD resolution.
  • CMRR (RF rejection) has been improved to >60 dB, >50 dB and >40 dB for amplifiers MMP-A, MMP-B and MMP-C respectively. Adding a transformer to the circuit could have increased this further, but for sound quality reasons it was decided to choose Impedance Balancing with Active Drive technology.

The Reference Standard mics take DPA’s Standard and Compact ranges a step further, building on the company’s reputation for clear, transparent and precise sound and improving on the classic mics known and loved the world over. The new range offers increased flexibility, sound quality and cost-effectiveness - so the best has definitely just gotten better! 

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