The DPA 4088 CORE Directional Headset makes use of all of DPA’s vast experience in microphone design and manufacturing, providing the best sounding directional head-worn microphone available today.

✔️ Lightweight and flexible

✔️ Resistant to humidity

✔️ Flexible adapter system fits most professional wireless systems



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With DPA’s superior microphone capsule technology, the 4088 CORE Directional Headset bears the description “open, natural and reliable” incredibly well. The high quality of the microphone means that in acoustically demanding live performance environments, where background noise and feedback is a concern, the CORE 4088 will tackle these challenges with ease.

The CORE 4088 capsule is a pre-polarized first order pressure gradient transducer, hidden in a small and lightweight housing with dimensions just slightly larger than DPA’s well known miniature omnidirectional capsules.

The smooth and elegant design of the CORE 4088 makes it one of the most invisible headworn cardioid microphones on the market today. Sound quality, visual elegance and versatility go hand in hand to transform every show into the performance of a lifetime. Its mechanical design is based on the CORE 4066 headset microphone. The headset mount is exactly the same; the boom, however, is 3 cm longer in order to meet the need for placement at the corner of the mouth.

A wide range of connection adapters makes it possible to use the CORE 4088 with most of the professional wireless systems available and standard XLR connections.

Select Colour

Beige, Black, Brown


Directional pattern Cardioid
Principle of operation Pressure Gradient
Cartridge type Pre-polarized condenser
Frequency response 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Effective frequency range ±2 dB, Near field 2-3 cm (0.8 – 1.2 in)

100 Hz – 20 kHz (4 – 6 dB soft boost at 15 kHz)

Sensitivity, nominal, ±3 dB at 1 kHz 6 mV/Pa; -44 dB re. 1 V/Pa
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted Typ. 26 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 28 dB(A))
Equivalent noise level, ITU-R BS.468-4 Typ. 38 dB (max. 40 dB)
Distortion, THD < 1% – Legacy 120 dB SPL RMS, 123 dB SPL peak
Distortion, THD < 1% – CORE 134 dB SPL RMS, 137 dB SPL peak
Dynamic range – Legacy Typ. 97 dB
Dynamic range – CORE Typ. 111 dB
Max. SPL, THD 10% 144 dB SPL peak
Rated output impedance 30 – 40 Ω
Cable drive capability Up to 300 m (984 ft) with DAD6001-BC XLR Adapter
Power supply (for full performance)

For wireless systems: Min. 5 V – max. 10 V through DPA adapter

With DAD6001-BC: P48 (Phantom Power). Will work from 12 V

Connector MicroDot
Colour Black, beige or brown
Weight 14 g (0.5 oz) incl. Cable and MicroDot connector
Microphone diameter/Microphone length 5.4 mm (0.21 in)/11 mm (0.5 in)
Cable length 1.2 m (3.9 ft)
Cable diameter 1.6 mm (0.06 in)
Polarity Positively increasing sound pressure produces positive going voltage on MicroDot pin
Temperature range -40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F)
Relative humidity (RH) Up to 90%


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