Defy the Elements with New Shure DuraPlex Lavalier and Headset Mics

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Shure is bringing an early holiday gift to filmmakers, talent, and audio professionals with the announcement of its new DuraPlex line of waterproof microphones, the DL4 lavalier and the DH5 headset. Tough, yet lightweight, these omnidirectional mics feature an IP57 rating, which offers a very high level of protection against dust ingress and ensures the mics are waterproof at a depth up to 1m.

Shure DL4 lavalier
Shure DL4 lavalier

This winning combination of highly regarded Shure sound quality and reliable performance in adverse conditions makes the DuraPlex series a great fit for theatrical, film, and broadcast work, as well as live performance and presentation applications.

Shure DH5 headset
Shure DH5 headset

Shure has engineered these mics to deliver a full, neutral sound with high gain before feedback, making them well suited to speech and dialog for events with sound reinforcement. The discreet, 5mm subminiature mic element with four color options (black, cocoa, tan, and white) allows the DL4 lavalier versions to be easily concealed in clothing or costumes. The DH5 headset is available in black, cocoa, and tan and mounts the mic element on a versatile silicone boom pivot system that can be placed on the left or right ear. To compensate for any potential loss of high end when positioning the mic, a presence cap is included that boosts the 10 kHz range about 3 to 4 dB for added clarity and intelligibility­—this is especially helpful when concealing the lav version for film and theatrical work.

Any mic designed to stand up to adverse conditions needs a serious cable, and the advanced, fully paintable, 1.6mm Shure Plex cable is certainly up to the job. The dual-redundant ground in the cable serves as a secondary shield, giving it unprecedented durability and immunity to memory effect and kinks. The headsets and the lavs are available with your choice of LEMO or locking TA4F connectors, allowing you to use the mics with a wide variety of compatible wireless transmitters from Shure and others.

The DH5 headset mics are available in kits with accessories, including a case, foam windscreen, snap-fit windscreen, and a single tie clip. The DL4 kits include all those accessories along with a sticky mount to assist with lavalier placement. Shure's new DuraPlex mics are coming soon at B&H, so if you have any questions give us a call or chat with us online­—we're always happy to help.

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