7 Best Lavalier/Lapel Microphones In 2020 (Wired & Wireless)


Lavalier mics are utilized every day in film, television, broadcasting, and other video formats. They are the miniature mics that attach to people and objects and are hidden from the camera to pick up up-close audio without being seen. These miniature mics are often combined with wireless systems to allow freedom of movement but can also be wired.

Of course, there are some lavalier mics that perform better than others and some wireless systems that deliver better results than others. In this article, we’ll talk about the best lavalier microphones as separate from their wireless systems.

The top 7 best lavalier/lapel microphones today are:

In this article we’ll define lavalier microphones in more detail; discuss the factors that make a great lav mic, and, of course, present the 7 listed microphones with clarity.

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What Is A Lavalier Microphone?

A lavalier is a miniature microphone designed to be attached to a person and hidden from the visual frame.

Lavaliers may resemble a tiny pendant hence the name “lavalier mic,” and can be attached to the lapel or shirt of the intended speaker hence the alternative name “lapel mic.” Lavs may also be hidden in other parts of the actor’s costume; in the hair of the performer, or in an object in or out of the frame. Clips are generally supplied with lav mics though tape and elastic bands are also common fasteners.

Lavaliers are used in many situations where the microphone either needs to be unobtrusive or needs to be completely hidden while still being able to close-mic and accurately capture the intended person.

These situations include but are not limited to:

  • Theatre and Broadway
  • Film and Television
  • Video and Youtube
  • Interviews
  • News Broadcasting
  • Public Presentations

The key definition of a lavalier microphone is simply this: a miniature microphone that is easily concealable.

By definition, a lavalier does not have a specific type of transducer element though most often they are electret condenser microphones with small transformerless JFET impedance converters. These mics are easily powered via DC biasing that is often supplied by their connected wireless transmitters.

That being said, there are dynamic lavs out there on the market, too.


The Factors That Make A Great Lavalier Microphone

Each lavalier microphone model will have its own characteristics.

However, there are some general factors that most great lavalier microphones share in common. They are:

  • Omnidirectional polar pattern
  • Extended high-frequency response
  • Small and lightweight
  • Humidity and temperature resistant
  • Versatility
  • Durability

Omnidirectional Polar Pattern

Omnidirectional lavalier microphones are superior to directional lavalier mics for the following reasons:

  • Smaller size: omnidirectional mics work on the pressure principle where only the front side of their diaphragm is open to sound pressure. This makes their designs very compactable. Cardioid mics work on the pressure-gradient principle where both sides of the diaphragm must be open to sound pressure. The rear ports and acoustic labyrinths that allow for the cardioid pattern increase the size of the lav mic.
  • Improved consistency in its sound pickup: a lavalier mic is often attached to the shirt above the chest of the individual so let’s use this position as an example. If the individual was to turn his or her head, then, a directional cardioid lav would pickup less level and sound different since the speaker’s mouth has changed positions off-axis. An omnidirectional mic, that is equally sensitive to sound from all directions does not have this same issue.

The pro-directional argument is that a cardioid lav has better rejection of non-intended sounds and greater gain-before-feedback in live sound monitoring environments. Though that’s true in theory, these pros do not make up for the cons listed above.

For more information on the omnidirectional polar pattern, check out My New Microphone’s post answering What Is An Omnidirectional Microphone? (Polar Pattern + Mic Examples).

Extended High-Frequency Response

Having a microphone with a wide (and preferably flat) frequency response will capture a more natural sound.

I’ve mentioned an extended high-end response here specifically due to the fact that a lavalier will typically pick up more than enough low-end from being so close to the speaker’s chest. The high-end, then, must be clean and defined to really produce a natural-sounding signal.

To learn more about microphone frequency response, be sure to read My New Microphone’s Complete Guide To Microphone Frequency Response (With Mic Examples).

Small & Lightweight

Size matters and a smaller lavalier microphone will likely be a better choice, all else being equal, due to its being easier to conceal.

The weight of the typical lavalier is generally negligible though the weight a factor worth considering.

For a how-to on attaching lavalier microphones, check out my article How And Where To Attach A Lavalier/Lapel Microphone.

Humidity & Temperature Resistant

I would argue that a waterproof and/or sweatproof lavalier is a better purchase than one that isn’t. Though the initial gigs with your lavs may be indoors where it is warm and dry, there may very well be a case in the future for sending your lavalier mics out into the freezing weather or even underwater momentarily.

Having a weatherproof lav is a great idea for these reasons.

Versatility

Lavaliers are about as versatile as the places they can be attached.

When looking for a lavalier microphone, it’s nice to have the following options for improved compatibility:

  • Colour: choose a colour that suits the intended application.
  • Output connector: choose an output connector type that will attach to your wireless transmitter(s).
  • Interchangeable cap: by altering the cap/grille of the miniature lav, we can actually change the high-end frequency response to best suit the intended speaker or sound source.

Durability

This goes along with the factor of humidity and temperature resistance. Choosing a lavalier that is built tough is key. These miniature microphones tend to find themselves in relatively harsh situations. They’re very small and should be built strong in order to perform at their best over a long period of time.


A Few Extra Notes

Before diving into the details of the top 7 best lavalier microphones on the market, I’d like to share a sort of disclaimer

First, I’ve based this list, and the microphones within, on the following:

  • Personal experience.
  • Outreach to mentors and their opinions.
  • Forum research.
  • Product descriptions, sales pages and datasheets.

When it comes down to it, though, this article is more of an opinion piece than anything else. The “best microphone” is a subjective label. I fully expect my readers to agree on some microphones and disagree with other microphones throughout this list.

When purchasing a lavalier microphone, please ensure it is compatible with your wireless transmitter. There are numerous transmitter connector types we should be aware of including:

  • 2.5mm tip-ring-sleeve (TRS)
  • 3.5mm tip-ring-sleeve (TRS)
  • Mini XLR 3-pin or TA-3
  • Mini XLR 4-pin or TA-4
  • Mini XLR 5-pin or TA-5
  • Hirose 4-pin
  • LEMO 3-pin

Here is a list of common transmitter types and their connections. Please do you research before purchasing and confirm with your salesperson that the mic and transmitter will be compatible. Even connectors of the same type may be wired in a different configuration!

ConnectorCompatible Wireless System BrandCompatible Wireless System Model
Mini XLR 3-pin
TA-3
AKGPT40 MINIPRO
PT45
PT470
PT40FLEXX
PT400
PT4000
PT4500
Mini XLR 3-pin
TA-3
Audio-TechnicaATW-T101
Hirose 4-pin HR10A-7P-4S
Audio-TechnicaATW-T1801
AEW-T1000
ATW-T210a
ATW-T3201
ATW-T901a
ATW-T1001
ATW-T5201DE1
ATW-T5201EF2
Mini XLR 3-pin
TA-3
AudixB60
Mini XLR 4-pin
TA-4
BeyerdynamicTG 1000BPT
TG 100BPT
TG 500
Mini XLR 4-pin
TA-4
BeyerdynamicTG 1000BPT
TG 100BPT
TG 500
Mini XLR 4-Pin
TA-4
Electro-VoiceRE3-BPT
BP-300
Mini XLR 3-pin
TA-3
Galaxy AudioMBP52
3.5mm TRSGalaxy AudioMBP38
2.5mm TRSLectrosonicsWM
Mini XLR 5-pin
TA-5
LectrosonicsLMb
SMQV
SMV
UM700
UM400a
UM450
SMa
SMQa
LMa
LEMO 3-pinLectrosonicsSSM
Hirose 4-pin KMC-9BPD-4PPanasonic (RAMSA)WX-DT130
WX-TB841
WX-DT135
WX-TB841
WX-TA841
WX-TB831
WX-TA831
3.5mm TRSRodeTX-BELT
Mini XLR 3-pin
TA-3
SamsonCB88
CB99
Go Mic
PXD1
3.5mm TRSSaramonicBlink 500 TX
TX9
3.5mm TRSSennheiserSK100 (G2/G3)
SK 300 (G2/G3)
SK 500 (G2/G3)
LEMO 3-pinSennheiserSK 50-UHF
SK 250-UHF
SK 3063-U
SK 5212
Mini XLR 4-pin
TA-4
ShureUR1-JBX
UR1-A24
ULX1-JB
ULX1-JA
SLX1
SVX1
PGX 1U
BLX1
GLXD1
SLX1
VR1/UR1M
Mini XLR 4-pin
TA-4
ShureUR1-JBX
UR1-A24
ULX1-JB
ULX1-JA
SLX1
SVX1
PGX 1U
BLX1
GLXD1
SLX1
VR1/UR1M
3.5mm TRSSonyUWP-V1
UWP-V6
UWP-X7
WRT-824
Hirose 4-pin KMC-9BPD-4PSonyDWT-B01
WRT-822
WRT-8B
Hirose 4-pin KMC-9BPD-4PSonyUTX-B03HR
LEMO 3-pinSonyDWT-B03
3.5mm TRSToa ElectronicsWM-D5300
WM-5325
Mini XLR 4-pin
TA-4
Toa ElectronicsS5.3-BTX
Mini XLR 4-pin
TA-4F
TrantecS5.5-LTX-JBW
LEMO 3-pinTrantecS-D7000
S6000TX
LEMO 3-pinZaxcomTRX900

For more data on microphone connectors, check out my article What Do Microphones Plug Into? (Full List Of Mic Connections).

Note that you can also find lavalier mics for sale with stripped ends. So long as you understand wiring and know how to solder, these mics can yield that extra bit of flexibility, allowing you to choose the connection after the fact.

That being said, I personally believe this list to be true and I hope you enjoy reading about my list of the top 7 best lavalier/lapel microphones on the market today!


The Top 7 Best Lavalier/Lapel Microphones

Once again, My New Microphone’s top 7 best lavalier/lapel microphones today are:


Sanken COS-11D

The Sanken COS-11D (link to compare prices on Amazon and B&H Photo/Video) is an industry-standard lavalier microphone. It is a well-respected tool of the trade for professionals in theatre, film, videography, and more.

Sanken COS-11D
  • Frequency response: 50 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Polar pattern: omnidirectional
  • Size: 16.1mm x 4.0mm diameter with 3.0m cable length (original COS-11D)
  • Waterproof: water-resistant mesh screen
  • Sensitivity: 17.8mV/Pa
  • Self-noise: 28 dBA

With an element size of 16.1mm by 4.0mm, the COS-11D is considered an ultra-miniature lavalier mic. It is easily concealable and its durable HC-11 holder clip makes it easy to attach to clothing and other thin materials.

The microphone is also built to last and has a very durable outer shell. Its water-resistant mesh keeps the diaphragm dry and safe from humidity, perspiration, makeup and bad weather. This ruggedness is key to the longevity and continued high-end performance of this famed lav mic.

In terms of sound capture, the Sanken COS-11D has a consistent omnidirectional pattern that helps tremendously in capturing uniform audio quality from the intended person/sound source.

Its frequency response naturally cuts out frequencies below 50 Hz which effectively eliminates low-end noise and rumble in the mic signal. The frequency response has a lovely peak centred around 6 kHz to aid in improving vocal presence and speech intelligibility. This is a welcomed feature since the vast majority of lav mic applications involve capturing the human voice.

Sanken’s COS-11D is designed to overcome RFI (radio frequency interference) from digital transmitters. This is critical when using the mic in conjunction with a digital wireless system to keep the noise low and the signal-to-noise ratio desirable.

The high sensitivity rating of the COS-11D means the mic will yield a strong mic signal.

The self-noise of 28 dBA looks concerning, especially if we compare it to studio-grade small-diaphragm and large-diaphragm condensers mics. However, this specification is not as bad as it looks. A lavalier will naturally pick up handling and friction noise when attached and so a higher self-noise level may actually mask the low-level noises in the mic signal.

Sanken offers various models of their famed Cos-11D lav mic:

Model VariationDescriptionConnector OptionsColour Options
Cos-11D48V I/F XLR-M3-pin XLR-MBE = beige
BK = black
GY = gray
WH = white
COS-11D BPAA battery PSU XLR-M3-pin XLR-MBE = beige
BK = black
GY = gray
WH = white
COS-11D PT/1.81.8m cable stripped end
No connector
No Connector/DIYBE = beige
BK = black
GY = gray
WH = white
COS-11D PT/3.03m cable stripped end
No connector
No Connector/DIYBE = beige
BK = black
GY = gray
WH = white
COS-11D PT-RM/1.81.8m cable stripped end
No connector
9dB attenuated sensitivity
No Connector/DIYBE = beige
BK = black
GY = gray
WH = white
COS-11D PT-RM/3.03m cable stripped end
No connector
9dB attenuated sensitivity
No Connector/DIYBE = beige
BK = black
GY = gray
WH = white
COS-11D RLemo 3-pin connector,
TA-5F connector, or
Hirose 4-pin connector
3 choices:
Lemo 3-pin
TA5F
Hirose 4-pin
BE = beige
BK = black
GY = gray
WH = white
COS-11D R-RMLemo 3-pin connector,
TA-5F connector, or
Hirose 4-pin connector
9dB attenuated sensitivity
3 choices:
Lemo 3-pin
TA5F
Hirose 4-pin
BE = beige
BK = black
GY = gray
WH = white
COS-11D HWM-PTHeadworn with
Pigtail connection
PigtailedBE = beige
CC = cocoa
COS-11D HWM-RHeadworn with
Lemo 3-pin connector,
TA-5F connector, or
Hirose 4-pin connector
3 choices:
Lemo 3-pin
TA5F
Hirose 4-pin
BE = beige
CC = cocoa

The Sanken COS-11D comes with a limited 1-year warranty and the following included accessories:

  • HC-11 holder clip
  • WS-11 metal windscreen
  • RM-11 rubber mount
  • AA battery
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card
  • Vinyl case

The Sanken COS-11D is one of the two lavalier microphones featured in My New Microphone’s 50 Best Microphones Of All Time (With Alternate Versions & Clones).


Countryman B3

The Countryman B3 (link to compare prices on Amazon and B&H Photo/Video) is an excellent professional-grade lavalier microphone with excellent sound quality; flexible versatility, and rugged durability.

Countryman B3
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Polar pattern: omnidirectional
  • Size: 0.23″ x 0.18″ diameter (5.8mm x 4.6mm diameter) with a 5′ cable length
  • Waterproof: waterproof caps to protect from makeup, sweat, and moisture
  • Sensitivity:
    12 mV/Pa for B3P4 (no band, most uses)
    4 mV/Pa for B3P5 (red band, instrument/head mic)
  • Self-noise: 24 dBA

The Countryman B3 lavalier microphone is a very small microphone that packs a big punch. Its high-quality sound capture is transparent and its versatility allows it to perform at its best on a wide variety of sound sources.

The B3 comes with 3 individual protective caps that effectively make the microphone waterproof. These caps can be removed for proper cleaning of the microphone between uses. Due to the small nature of the microphone diaphragm, each cap will alter the high-end frequency response near 15 kHz of the mic in a calculated fashion.

The caps include:

  • 0 dB (flat) stock cap
  • +4 dB (bright)
  • +8 dB (very bright)

Each cap will change the perceived amount of presence in the microphone’s signal without altering the bulk of the sound. The best cap option is dependent on the mic’s intended source and the position relative to this source. We can also utilize these caps to better match other lavalier microphones in a recording situation.

Countryman will custom fit the connector of a newly purchased B3 to match the connector and wiring of over 100 transmitter models in 43 different wireless system brands. These connectors include:

  • TA3 (mini XLR 3-pin)
  • TA4 (mini XLR 4-pin)
  • TA5 (mini XLR 5-pin)
  • B-Loc (TS)
  • 3.5mm TRS locking
  • 3.5mm TRS non-locking
  • LEMO 3-pin
  • LEMO 6-pin
  • LEMO 1-pin
  • Hirose 4-pin
  • Hirose 4-pin screw-down
  • Switchcraft 851
  • 1/4″ TRS
  • MicroDot

A 3-pin XLR hardwired option is also available that allows the B3 to be powered via phantom power from a microphone preamplifier.

Conversely, you can also purchase the B3 with pigtailed ends configured for 2-wire 10 kΩ; 2-wire 2 kΩ, or 3-wire

The Countryman B3 has incredible sound quality, low handling noise, a high max SPL and will outperform many of its counterparts in general and specific applications.

As for output sensitivity, there two options for the B3:

• The W4 (no band) model is more sensitive with a rating of 12 mV/Pa. This mic excels when positioned on the chest or lapel and is a good choice for most lavalier uses.
• The W5 (red band) model is less sensitive with a rating of 4 mV/Pa and is ideal for instruments or as a hair mic in theatre.

The waterproof caps make the B3 an excellent choice for underwater use and any other wet scenarios.

In addition to this excellence, the Countryman B3 is also available in 5 different colours for improved concealment on the body of performers. Whether we’re required to match clothing, hair, or skin tone, Countryman has us covered with colour options including black, cacao, tan, light beige, and white.

This microphone is an excellent all-around player and I would never hesitate in recommending the B3 to a friend.

The Countryman comes with a limited 1-year warranty and the following included accessories:

  • Black and White Single Tie Cable Clips
  • Protective Caps(+0, +4, and +8 dB)
  • Windscreen
  • Carrying Case

The Countryman B3 is the lavalier microphone featured in My New Microphone’s 50 Best Microphones Of All Time (With Alternate Versions & Clones).


Point Source Audio Series 8 CO2-8WLp

The Point Source Audio Series 8 CO2-8WLp (link to compare prices on Amazon and B&H Photo/Video) is a dual-element omnidirectional lavalier microphone. It combines a matched pair of ultra-low profile waterproof microphones and acts as its own backup in case of an emergency.

Point Source Audio Series 8 CO2-8WLp
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Polar pattern: omnidirectional
  • Size: each capsule is 12mm x 4mm diameter. The cable is 6′ in length (plus connector)
  • Waterproof: IP57 waterproof
  • Sensitivity: 7.1 mV/Pa
  • Self-noise: Specification not given

Point Source Audio is known for its excellent award-winning miniature mics, headsets, and earsets. The CO2-8WLp is one of its standout lavalier microphones.

First off, the mic sounds amazing. It has a beautiful flat frequency response that picks up sound with precision and transparency. In fact, it has two microphones with matched specifications that both yield excellent sound.

The idea behind the addition of a redundant microphone is to have the CO2-8WLp act as its own backup microphone. In the case of the primary microphone or its transmitter cutting out, there is a secondary microphone with the same specifications and a second transmitter to quickly take its place in the audio mix.

This is a lifesaver during live broadcasts and theatre performances or any other situation where the microphone is not easily replaceable on the fly.

The mic cable of the CO2-8WLp splits approximately nine inches above the connection to a bodypack wireless transmitter. Point Source Audio offers 6 separate adaptors, called X-connectors, to connect the end of the mic cable to various transmitter inputs.

The mic cable and X-connector attach via a screw-on connection with locking teeth to ensure a strong physical and electrical connection. The X-connectors come in the following adapter connections and the CO2-8WLp comes with two of a single type:

  • XAK X-Connector: TA3F (3-pin mini XLRF)
  • XAT X-Connector: 4-pin Hirose (male)
  • XLE X-Connector: TA5F (5-pin mini XLR)
  • XSE X-Connector: 3.5mm TRS locking (male)
  • XSH X-Connector: TA4F (4-pin mini XLRF)

This modular cable approach allows one CO2-8WLp to work with most transmitter packs. It also makes switching bodypacks easy and fast.

The IP57 rating means the CO2-8WLp scores 5 out of 6 in solid particle protection and a 7 out of 8 in liquid ingress protection.

Basically what this means the that the CO2-8WLp is significantly protected against dust though dust entry is not entirely prevented. The microphone will operate in sandy conditions and while fully submerged in water up to 1 meter for an extended period of time. This IP rating essentially ensures the mic will be resistant to sweat and makeup as well.

The sleek profile of the CO2-QWLp makes the dual-capsule lavalier mic easily concealable in costumes, hair and elsewhere and nifty-looking when in plain view.

In addition to the impressive sound and design, the CO2-8WLp also comes in a choice of three colours: beige, brown and black.

The Countryman comes with a limited 1-year warranty and the following included accessories:

  • X-connector
  • Slider clip
  • Cable clip
  • Windscreen

DPA d:screet CORE 6060

The DPA d:screet CORE 6060 (link to compare prices on Amazon and B&H Photo/Video) is a top-of-the-line subminiature lavalier microphone with an exceptional sound; omnidirectional polar pattern, and modular adapter system.

DPA d:screet CORE 6060
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Polar pattern: omnidirectional
  • Size: 14.4mm x 3.4mm diameter. The cable is 1.8 meters in length
  • Waterproof: IP58 waterproof
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa
  • Self-noise: 24 dBA

DPA is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 11 Best Microphone Brands You Should Know And Use.

By the simple fact that this microphone is designed and manufactured by DPA (Danish Pro Audio), we know that this microphone is of the highest quality. DPA is a well-known and well-respected brand that does not compromise in its microphone design and always produces superb microphones. The assumption that the 6060 is an excellent microphone is absolutely correct.

DPA’s 6060 takes the company’s patented CORE technology to a subminiature microphone. The 6060’s low distortion and noise are comparable to the best-of-the-best lavaliers mics that are twice its size.

The omnidirectional polar pattern is consistent and the frequency response is fantastically flat with the slightest rise in the brilliance range to aid its professional sound without the slightest bit of harshness.

The result is a transparent sound capture that works on nearly all sound sources and positions.

The DPA d:screet CORE 6060, like the aforementioned CO2-8WLp, has a modular cable design. The microphone itself has a MicroDot connector. However, DPA provides a wide variety of adapters for compatibility with different wireless transmitters.

These adapters all convert MicroDot to another connector type. Note that some of the adapter connections are also available as fixed connectors if a one-piece microphone is more of your style. I’ll note the fixed connector options with an asterisk (*).

The adapters include:

  • DAD3050*: MicroDot to Mini-Jack TRS
    for TOA WM360/4310
  • DAD3051*: Microdot to 4-pin Hirose
    for Ramsa WX-RP410
  • DAD3056: Microdot to a TA-5F Switchcraft
    for Lectrosonics LM, SM, UM Series
  • DAD3057: MicroDot to TA-3F Switchcraft
    for Zaxcom TRX900
  • DAD4099-BC: MicroDot to 3-pin XLR with low-cut filter
    for XLR microphone preamplifiers with phantom power
  • DAD6003*: MicroDot to LEMO 3-pin
    for Sennheiser SK 50/250/3063/5012/6000/9000
  • DAD6004: MicroDot to LEMO 6-pin locking
    for Audio Ltd. Tx 2000/Tx 2020/Tx 2040
  • DAD6008*: MicroDot to 4-pin Hirose
    for Sony DWT-B01/WRT820/WRT860/WRT8
  • DAD6010*: MicroDot to a TA-4F Switchcraft
    for Shure, Axient Digital, TOA, PGX1, Line 6
  • DAD6017*: MicroDot to a TA-3F Switchcraft
    for AKG PT 60/80/81/400/450/4000 Samson UT1L, VT2L
  • DAD6018: MicroDot to 3-pin Fischer
    for Wisycom/Pastega TMA16/TMU20 (3 Wire Preset)
  • DAD6019: MicroDot to Mini-Jack TRS(with thread)
    for Sony Freedom WRT 805
  • DAD6021: MicroDot to TA-5F Switchcraft
    for Audio-Technica ATW-T101 (U100) & Lectrosonics UHF Systems
  • DAD6024: MicroDot to 3-pin XLR with midrange attenuation
    for XLR microphone preamplifiers with phantom power
  • DAD6032: MicroDot to a TA 4F Switchcraft
    for Beyerdynamic OPUS and Mipro
  • DAD6033: Microdot to 4-pin Hirose
    for Audio-Technica ATW-T1000 D/ATW-T310/AEW-T1000/ATW-T701
  • DAD6034*: MicroDot to Mini-Jack TRS (with thread)
    for Sennheiser Evolution/G2/G3/D1, X2 Digital Wireless, Audio Ltd En2 TX
  • DAD6035: MicroDot to LEMO 4-pin
    for Audio Ltd. En2 MiniTX

The adapters are generally sold separately.

To complement its incredible sound, the DPA 6060 is also very tough. The removable waterproof cap and the capsule itself are made of stainless steel treated with PVD coating for excellent durability. The cable of the 6060 is also very sturdy and is designed with an inner core of Kevlar to withstand high tensions.

With an Ingress Protection rating of IP57, the DPA 6060 is nearly immune to dust (though not fully protected) and is suitable for continuous immersion in water. This high rating is due to the water-repellant nano-coating of the cover and housing; hermetic sealing of the mic’s internal amplifier, and the dual gold plating of the diaphragm.

The DPA CORE 6060 can be purchased in one of four colours to best conceal it: white, beige, brown and black.

This microphone comes by itself in your choice of connector and colour and is covered under a 2-year warranty.

Danish Pro Audio (DPA) is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 11 Best Microphone Brands You Should Know And Use.


DPA d:screet CORE 4060

The DPA d:screet CORE 4060 (link to compare prices on Amazon and B&H Photo/Video) is the big brother of the aforementioned 6060. When I say big brother, I mean this microphone was introduced before the 6060 and is significantly bigger than the 6060 as well.

DPA d:screet CORE 4060
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Polar pattern: omnidirectional
  • Size: 12.7mm x 5.4mm diameter. The cable is 1.8 meters in length
  • Waterproof: relative humidity up to 90%
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa
  • Self-noise: 23 dBA

The 4060 utilizes DPA’s CORE technology to achieve an exceptional sound with low distortion and noise. The diaphragm is positioned vertically within a 5.4mm diameter electret condenser housing.

This design is referred to as the double vent protection system and makes the 4060 very resistant to humidity, sweat and makeup, though not fully waterproof. Like the 6060, the Kevlar-reinforced cable is capable of withstanding the hard bends and pulls that will inevitably happen over the course of the microphone’s usage.

A capsule housing measuring 12.7mm x 5.4mm diameter makes the DPA 4060 easily concealable on a person or in props. The 4 colour options (black, brown, beige and white) further aid in the camouflage of this microphone.

As for connectors, the DPA 4060 can be hardwired by the manufacturer or dealer to connect directly to your wireless transmitter. Alternatively, the DPA 4060 comes with a MicroDot connector and a wide variety of adapters. These adapters are sold separately and are the same as the previously-mentioned DPA 6060. I’ll list them again here, noting the fixed connector options with an asterisk (*):

  • DAD3050*: MicroDot to Mini-Jack TRS
    for TOA WM360/4310
  • DAD3051*: Microdot to 4-pin Hirose
    for Ramsa WX-RP410
  • DAD3056: Microdot to a TA-5F Switchcraft
    for Lectrosonics LM, SM, UM Series
  • DAD3057: MicroDot to TA-3F Switchcraft
    for Zaxcom TRX900
  • DAD4099-BC: MicroDot to 3-pin XLR with low-cut filter
    for XLR microphone preamplifiers with phantom power
  • DAD6003*: MicroDot to LEMO 3-pin
    for Sennheiser SK 50/250/3063/5012/6000/9000
  • DAD6004: MicroDot to LEMO 6-pin locking
    for Audio Ltd. Tx 2000/Tx 2020/Tx 2040
  • DAD6008*: MicroDot to 4-pin Hirose
    for Sony DWT-B01/WRT820/WRT860/WRT8
  • DAD6010*: MicroDot to a TA-4F Switchcraft
    for Shure, Axient Digital, TOA, PGX1, Line 6
  • DAD6017*: MicroDot to a TA-3F Switchcraft
    for AKG PT 60/80/81/400/450/4000 Samson UT1L, VT2L
  • DAD6018: MicroDot to 3-pin Fischer
    for Wisycom/Pastega TMA16/TMU20 (3 Wire Preset)
  • DAD6019: MicroDot to Mini-Jack TRS(with thread)
    for Sony Freedom WRT 805
  • DAD6021: MicroDot to TA-5F Switchcraft
    for Audio-Technica ATW-T101 (U100) & Lectrosonics UHF Systems
  • DAD6024: MicroDot to 3-pin XLR with midrange attenuation
    for XLR microphone preamplifiers with phantom power
  • DAD6032: MicroDot to a TA 4F Switchcraft
    for Beyerdynamic OPUS and Mipro
  • DAD6033: Microdot to 4-pin Hirose
    for Audio-Technica ATW-T1000 D/ATW-T310/AEW-T1000/ATW-T701
  • DAD6034*: MicroDot to Mini-Jack TRS (with thread)
    for Sennheiser Evolution/G2/G3/D1, X2 Digital Wireless, Audio Ltd En2 TX
  • DAD6035: MicroDot to LEMO 4-pin
    for Audio Ltd. En2 MiniTX

In addition to the adaptability of the connectors and the colour options, the 4060 also comes with two grids that alter the high-end frequency response to best-serve the application.

The pre-fitted Soft Boost Grid gives a 3 dB soft boost at 8-20 kHz and yields a natural-sounding signal. This grid is preferred for attaching to a performer’s head and in applications transparency is important.

The High Boost Grid causes a 10 dB soft boost around 12 kHz for applications where chest-placement is preferred. This seemingly high boost helps to improve clarity and counteract the increased low-end boominess that comes with placing a mic in close proximity to someone’s chest cavity.

Both grids are made of anodized stainless steel and are scratch resistant surface. They can be detached from the microphone and cleaned of sweat, makeup, etc.

I should mention that the DPA 4060 also has a lower price point than the smaller DPA 6060!

DPA ships their 4060 lavalier microphone with your choice of colour and output connector (choose MicroDot if you’ll be using the adapters) and a 2-year warranty. The microphone also comes with the following accessories:

  • High-Boost Protection Grid
  • Soft-Boost Protection Grid

Tram TR50

The Tram TR50 (link to compare prices on Amazon and B&H Photo/Video) is a low-profile omnidirectional lavalier microphone with an audio quality that excels in any placement on a person or prop in film/video applications.

  • Frequency response: 40 Hz – 16,000 Hz
  • Polar pattern: omnidirectional
  • Size: .18″ x .300″ x .55″. The TR-50BPS cable is 9 ft. long.
  • Waterproof: No
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa
  • Self-noise: 23 dBA

The extended frequency response range is relatively flat between 40 Hz – 16 kHz, though it really extends beyond this range. It has a slight boost in the high-end and a gentle roll-off in the low end to best suit the human voice. This is true whether the mic is positioned near the chest; in the hair, or elsewhere on the performer.

The consistent omnidirectional pickup pattern helps the TR50 capture a uniform sound quality even when the performer’s head turns. This omnidirectional pattern combined with the miniature size of the microphone makes the TR50 easily positioned and hidden on a person or prop within the visual frame.

To further the concealability of the TR50, the mic is available in black, gray, tan or white.

Although the Tram TR50 is not waterproof, it is certainly strong, durable and reliable outside the water. Its build is rugged and resistant to regular wear and tear that is largely inevitable with wireless lavalier usage.

Like all the microphones on this list, the Tram TR50 is available with a variety of connectors:

  • 3.5mm 1/8″ TRS
  • LEMO (4-pin, 6-pin, or 8-pin)
  • Mini Switchcraft/XLR (TA3, TA4 or TA5)

Although the wireless transmitter (or hardwired microphone preamp) is generally equipped with the necessary voltage to power the Tram TR50, the lavalier mic does have two option power supplies (model number TR79):

  • TR79: negative bias. Operates on internal battery only.
  • TR79+: positive bias. Operates on internal battery or external 12-48V phantom power.

The TR79 models come in a variety of adapter combinations with 3-pin XLR on one end and any of the above-mentioned connections on the other to effectively connect any version of the TR50.

The Tram TR50 comes with a 1-year warranty and the following accessories:

  • Cable holder
  • Clip-on holder
  • Tape-down holder
  • Tie-bar holder
  • Tie tac
  • Windscreen
  • Cable reel
  • Carrying case

Countryman B2D

The Countryman B2D (link to compare prices on Amazon and B&H Photo/Video) is the only directional lavalier microphone on this list to give some variety.

Countryman B2D
  • Frequency response: 50 Hz – 18,000 Hz
  • Polar pattern: hypercardioid
  • Size: 10mm x 2.5mm diameter. The cable is 5 ft. long.
  • Waterproof: No
  • Sensitivity:
    W4: 6.0 mV/Pa (-44 dB re 1V/Pa)
    W5: 2.0 mV/Pa (-54 dB re 1V/Pa)
    W6: 0.7 mV/Pa (-63 dB re 1V/Pa)
  • Self-noise:
    W4: 34 dBA
    W5: 39 dBA
    W6: 44 dBA

The hypercardioid polar pattern of the Countryman B2D gives the mic an extra 6-10 dB of headroom compared to a typical omnidirectional lav counterpart. This allows for fewer problems with feedback, ambient noise, room rumble, and phase cancellations with multiple mics.

When attached to glasses; on a headset, or in the hair of a speaker, the directionality of the B2D will benefit the mic signal. The B2D also works well for news broadcasts, attached to the tie or lavalier of an anchor is the anchor does not move his or her head too much during vocal delivery.

However, the directionality limits the effectiveness of the B2D as an all-around great lavalier microphone. That being said, in the appropriate situations, it’s the best directional lav around.

The audio quality of this microphone is clear and transparent on-axis. It rejects much of the sound/noise off-axis.

The B2D is available in five colors: white, light beige, tan, cocoa, and black.

In typical Countryman style, the B2D comes with several sensitivity options:

  • W4 (standard, gray band): 6.0 mV/Pa (-44 dB re 1V/Pa)
  • W5 (mid, red band): 2.0 mV/Pa (-54 dB re 1V/Pa)
  • W6 (low, blue band): 0.7 mV/Pa (-63 dB re 1V/Pa)

Use higher sensitivities when positioning the mic further from the performer’s mouth and lower sensitivities when positioning the mic closer to the mouth or near the chest.

Countryman includes an isolation clip with its B2D mic to minimize clothing and vibration noise while allowing 360-degree rotation of the mic for easy positioning. The clips also have five different colour options to match the mic.

Like a few of the other microphones on this list, Countryman offers either a fixed connector of your choice at the end of their B3 or a detachable option with a threaded end and a separate B2D detachable connector.

The fixed and detachable connectors include the typical connector types such as:

  • TA3 (mini XLR 3-pin)
  • TA4 (mini XLR 4-pin)
  • TA5 (mini XLR 5-pin)
  • B-Loc (TS)
  • 3.5mm TRS locking
  • 3.5mm TRS non-locking
  • LEMO 3-pin
  • LEMO 6-pin
  • LEMO 1-pin
  • Hirose 4-pin
  • Hirose 4-pin screw-down
  • Switchcraft 851
  • 1/4″ TRS
  • MicroDot
  • XLR 3-pin

Though it’s not waterproof, the construction of the B2D is rugged and durable and is capable of withstanding the practical wear and tear of lavalier usage. The B2D cable is aramid-reinforced and designed for longevity in demanding environments.

A new purchase of the Countryman B2D gets you the following included accessories:

  • Detachable wireless adapter (optional)
  • Single isolation clip
  • Protective cap
  • Windscreen
  • Carrying case

This article has been approved in accordance with the My New Microphone Editorial Policy.


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