DPA 2017 vs 4017C and other Comparisons

Date: December 10, 2023 04:51

Key Selling Points

  • 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
  • Extremely directional pick-up pattern, with an effective interference tube in a compact housing
  • Low self-noise, for excellent performance in quiet environments or with many open microphones
Spec 2017 4017C
Directional pattern Supercardioid at 1 kHz Supercardioid, lobe-shaped
Principle of operation Pressure gradient, with interference tube Pressure gradient, with interference tube
Cartridge type Pre-polarized condenser Pre-polarized condenser
Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz, permanent third order high pass filter* at 60 Hz 20 Hz - 20 kHz, permanent third order high pass filter at 50 Hz
Effective frequency range, ±2 dB 70 Hz to 18 kHz at 60 cm (23.6 in), with typ. 2 dB soft boost at 15 kHz 40 Hz - 18 kHz at 60 cm (23.6 in) with typ. 3 dB soft boost at 15 kHz
Sensitivity, nominal, ±2 dB at 1 kHz 25 mV/Pa; -32 dB re. 1 V/Pa 19 mV/Pa; -34.4 dB re. 1 V/Pa
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted Typ. 13 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 15 dB(A)) Typ. 13 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 15 dB(A))
Distortion, THD < 1% 140 dB SPL RMS, 143 dB SPL peak 134 dB SPL RMS, 137 dB SPL peak
Dynamic range Typ. 130 dB Typ. 124 dB
Max. SPL, THD 10% 148 dB SPL peak 146 dB SPL peak
Rated output impedance 60 Ω 100 Ω
Minimum load impedance 2 kΩ 2 kΩ
Cable drive capability 100 m (328 ft) 100 m (328 ft)
Output balance principle Impedance balancing with Active Drive Impedance balancing with Active Drive
Common mode rejection ratio (CMRR) >60 dB > 50 dB
Power supply (for full performance) P48 (Phantom Power) P48 (Phantom Power)
Current consumption 1.8 mA 2.8 mA
Connector XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: - phase XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: signal - phase
Color Black Matte black
Weight 115 g (4.1 oz) 73 g (2.57 oz)
Microphone diameter 19 mm (0.75 in) 19 mm (0.75 in)
Capsule diameter 17 mm (0.67 in) 19 mm (0.75 in)
Microphone length 184 mm (7.24 in) 154 mm (6 in)
Maximum output voltage, RMS 8.7 V (21 dBu) 4.5 V
Polarity +V at pin 2 for positive sound pressure +V at pin 2 for positive sound pressure
Temperature range -40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F) -40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F)
Relative humidity (RH) Up to 90% Up to 90%
Modularity No Yes

*High-pass filter = low-pass filter

Frequency response

The frequency response of the 2017 is comparable to the 4017C, but the 2017 low-cut filter @60 Hz results in an earlier low-end roll-off than in the 4017C. The MMP-B has a built-in roll-off @ 50 Hz and a switchable first-order roll-off @ 120 Hz allowing more user options.

Acoustic performance

We have not compromised on the sonic character of 2017 but kept it similar to the 4017. Despite the new amplifier and new capsule design, it still has the renowned DPA signature sound clarity.


The 4017C is modular in contrary to 2017, which has a fixed capsule.


We designed the 2017 with a slightly higher sensitivity than the 4017B and C to keep the self-noise of the microphone as low as you would expect from a microphone in this class.


The housing of 2017 has been made thicker than the 4017’s. This guarantees a long life in the broadcast environment.


The 2017 is priced below 4017C, as it has a non-modular design and simplified compact packaging concept.

Spec Sennheiser MKH416 Audio-Technica BP4073 RODE NTG3 DPA 2017
Polar Pattern Hypercardioid at low and medium frequency / Supercardioid/Lobar Supercardioid Supercardioid Supercardioid at 1kHz
Capsule 12.7 mm / 0.5 in 17 mm / 0.67 in
Frequency Range 40 Hz – 20 kHz 20 Hz – 20 kHz 40 Hz – 20 kHz 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Max SPL 130 dB 151 dB 130 dB 1% THD 140 dB SPL (143 dB SPL peak)
Dynamic Range 117 dB 128 dB 117 dB 130 dB
Sensitivity -32 dB re 1 V/Pa 25 mV / Pa -29 dB re 1 V / Pa 35.5 mV / Pa
Equivalent Noise Level (A-Weighted) 13 dB(A) 13 dB(A) 13 dB(A) 13 dB(A)
Weight 165 g / 5.8 oz 99 g / 3.5 oz 163 g / 5.7 oz 115 g / 4.1 oz
Dimensions Ø19 x 250 mm / 0.75 x 9.8 in Ø21 x 233 mm / 0.8 x 9.2 in Ø19 x 255 mm / 0.75 x 10 in Ø19 x 184 mm / 0.75 x 7.2 in

How is 2017 different from the competition?

2017 delivers on DPA’s core values of clarity, consistency and durability, hereby offering a rather unique combination of crystal-clear authentic sound and stable, consistent performance under harsh conditions.

This mic wins over the competition on the acoustical performance: it has more efficient off-axis rejection combined with a more linear off-axis frequency response. This is exactly the capabilities needed to result in an outstanding authentic sound.

The consistency of the sound of the 2017 is also something that sets this microphone apart. DPA’s tight control of production tolerances, in combination with the axisymmetric grid design, offers stable performance day after day.

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.

Simple robust construction, both internally and externally, is extremely effective at protecting 2017 against impact caused by falls. This keeps the microphone functioning and on-spec longer than many other shotgun microphones on the market.

Excellent performance in humid environments is a highly-appreciated feature for many users. We have made the 2017 to:

  • Perform without interruptions in humid conditions
  • Recover quickly If exposed to a water shower. It can be put back into action faster than many other shotguns

The shorter form factor, due to smart internal design, makes 2017 an excellent choice for use on professional cameras. In addition, with its total weight of 115 g (4.1 oz), the 2017 is extremely light compared to other shotguns of its type.