DPA 2017 vs 4017C and other Comparisons
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
|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|
|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%|
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.Modularity
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.Robustness
The housing of 2017 has been made thicker than the 4017’s. This guarantees a long life in the broadcast environment.Price
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.