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July 11, 2019, 10:44 am
The company’s new 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone was presented with an internationally recognized Red Dot Award at a gala event in Germany on Monday July 8
ALLEROED, DENMARK, JULY 11, 2019 – The world’s best
designers gathered at the Aalto-Theatre in Essen, Germany on the night of
Monday, July 8, for the official presentation of the 2019 Red Dot Awards. Among
them were DPA Microphones’ Project Lead Rune Møller and R&D Manager
Ole Moesmann, who received this prestigious award on behalf of the company for
its ground-breaking 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone, which is a winner in
the ‘Product Design’ category.
Designed to be elegant,
visually appealing and discreet, the 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone
ensures usability across a wide range of uses. Although the advanced mechanical
design is a work of art in itself, the basic premise of the headset is to be
nearly invisible while giving crystal-clear sound. Whether a user is performing
in a play or reporting the news, they can be sure that the audience is focusing
on the message they are giving, not the tools of the trade.
The 6066 Subminiature
Headset, which accommodates the 6000 Series capsule – the smallest microphone
DPA has ever made at only 3 mm – was a huge developmental task to respond to
the feedback from customers in various industry sectors. “From the outset,
DPA’s goal was not to simply ‘improve’ the headset it already had, but to make
the absolute best professional headset possible to support the company’s new
subminiature microphone capsule,” says Møller, who was project lead of the
development of the headset and responsible for its mechanical design. “Starting
with a clean sheet of paper, we set out to fully understand the actual
challenges our users faced and how we might best meet their needs and requirements.
Of course, we learned from existing products for evolutionary ideas, but we
were also open to more revolutionary ideas.”
The challenge from a
design point of view, Møller adds, was creating a solution that was optimized
on all parameters. The frame had to be both comfortable and stable and it also
had to be a great fit for everyone, straight out of the box, even though people’s
heads and ears don’t come in standard shapes or sizes. Style and sophistication
were also critical – DPA is renowned for its design aesthetics, so this product
had to look as good as it felt and performed.
challenge of implementing all the features we wanted in a small and elegant
package required a lot of considerations and creativity,” adds Møller. “It was
a fantastic journey and I am personally very pleased with the result. At first
glance, the headset looks simple and elegant but, when you look closer, you
start to see the detail and appreciate the functionality we have designed into
it based on all the input we received from our customers.”
Møller adds that while
it is always a pleasure to be recognized and honored for one’s work, his biggest
thrill is knowing he has made the customer’s job easier and enabled them to
achieve better results. “We have had fantastic feedback from artists and talent
as well as sound engineers,” he says. “That is what really motivates me and makes
DPA’s 6066 Subminiature
Headset Microphone was one of over 5,000 products tested by the judges this
year, and its ability to satisfy the strict criteria of the jury bears
testimony to its award-winning design quality.
Since its launch in September
2018, the 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone has been hailed as the perfect
headset because it is secure, lightweight, robust, unobtrusive, easy to fit,
extremely comfortable to wear and has the transparent DPA sound. Its commercial
success has led to significant sales around the world, and across many
different market sectors, including theatre, broadcast, corporate and live
As a Red Dot laureate,
DPA’s 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone now joins the “Design on Stage”
exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, which presents all the
award-winning products. It is also on display in the Red Dot Design Yearbook,
online and in the Red Dot Design App.
“Our ultimate goal is
to create products that sound great, are consistent and durable, look sleek and
elegant and also make the job easier for everyone using them out in the field,”
says Anne Berggrein, vice president of marketing at DPA. “We are working on the
edge of what is physically possible, and this product is DPA’s greatest achievement
to-date. We are extremely proud of the product and we are overwhelmed with the
feedback we get from the customers. Winning this award is a massive endorsement
and encourages us to go the extra mile for the new and exciting products we are
working on now and in the future.”
ABOUT DPA MICROPHONES:
DPA Microphones is the
leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone
solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always
provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions
for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre
and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor
does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the
DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for
their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications,
supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound. For
more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.
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