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.
The 2017 is constructed to withstand rough handling as well as difficult situations, such as cold climates and humidity.
The 2017 is also designed without moving mechanical parts in the encapsulating structure. These things combined make the microphone extremely resistant to mechanical impact. In addition, the materials used in the 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.
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.
Thoroughly tested to excel in the harshest situations
The DPA 2017 has been tested for mechanical impact and humidity and condensation resistance, as well as exposure to direct rain showers.
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