(Last updated 04/23/2013)
Flawn Williams, documentary and music recordist for public radio and
independent projects, wrote:
The "High-End Binaural" set featuring the DPA 4060 mikes sounds great on
voices and natural ambiances. Their low noise and strong output is a
good match for the line input of consumer DAT and MD recorders. Having
hundreds of hours of service between battery changes is a real plus.
And when mounted on helmets or glasses, the mikes have such low mass
that the wearer can forget they're there!
W.M., formerly of public radio and now a supervising audio engineer, wrote:
You may remember me when I was the technical director for [a public
radio company] series. I've used your DPA 4060 system in Tibet, Nepal,
Africa, the arctic on foot, horseback and elephant. They have performed
...I'm going to place an order for another DPA-4060 [HEB/4060] set on
the web site. I LOVE the mikes. I use them constantly and the results
are simply stunning. I post a lot of what I record on Dimeadozen, and
everyone comments on how great the sound is. Thank you so much for
making such a great product, and for the great support after purchase.
W.H. in Boston wrote:
It's been many years since I purchased my 1st pair of HEB's from you
back in Jan 1999! I roughly do 50 shows a year, 14 years, I'd say those
mics have done close to 700 shows! Heat, sweat, snow, ice, we get
everything out here in Boston.
You don't know how much happiness I've gotten from those mics! I own
a lot of things, but my HEB's are the most valuable. I tape almost
every week. I listen to the things I've recorded. Those mics sound
awesome. I've never been disappointed in them. "The B&K sound!" I
relied on those mics when I was at $150 shows, 5 hours from home! They
always came through!
[He bought a new set!]
F.L.d.M, in Spain, wrote:
Your micros -with different recorders, last one the Sony PCM-D1- have
allowed me taping almost 400 opera performances all around the world.
The level of quality have been appreciated in my country National
Broadcasting Radio Euskadi where I run a Live Opera Program with my own
personal recordings and men in the Radio were astonished of the quality
of the sound.
I'm the proud owner of three pairs of HEB mics from you, which I
love and use frequently. I usually use two pairs of them at once for
concert recording, one attached to my glasses and the other mounted to
bendable wire which I position at my collar.
Again, many thanks for building the best mics in the world. I have
gotten hundreds of hours of pleasure from using them.
B.K. (NAB), a professional recording engineer using our PDAudio
recording system, wrote:
I tried the HEBs on a SASS boundary (low stand) in front of a string
quartet into my PDAudio system at 24/96 Sunday. All battery power. I've
only had time for a quick listen, but I'm pleased with what I've
heard. Impressed with the high frequency response of the mics--as you
know, usable response over 40kHz. I was actually using this as a backup
for the [Neumann] KU-100 (right in the middle and above the musicians)
into the DSD recorder.
B.S. sent us a recording and wrote:
I just got your HEB mics and I have to say I love them. I thought I'd
share a recording from the rolling thunder this weekend. Tens of
thousand of motorcycles, I don't think I would of been able to capture
it nearly as well or especially as easy without them. I rigged them on
a backwards hat right at ear level. Recorded them at 24/96 right into a
PCM D1. I'm amazed at how it captured the low end on those tiny
I bought a set of your [HEB/]4060 mikes and I used them the other night to
record in Grace Cathedral in SF. ... It came out fantastic ... the most
incredible set of music I have ever heard. ... Un-believable sound! I
feel like I won the lottery.
I have now purchased (2) sets of CSB mics, (1) set of HEB mics with
4060 capsules and the mic 24/96 and have loved them all. You make the
best quality portable audio available in my opinion. I also appreciate
the fact that these mics are so easy to sell used - I sold my 4060 mics
on eBay for $850 after two years of use!
P.S. up in Ontario Canada sent us a HEB/4061 order and wrote:
These will be my third set of the HEBs. They truly do a great
job. Looking forward to receiving them.
H.H, in the UK, wrote:
Build quality feels superb and the mics themselves are seriously tiny!
A.S., a DAT taper, wrote:
... I absolutely love those mics, and consider them one of the best
audio investments I've ever made. I don't think that I've told you how
happy I am with them before. I also regularly use them to record gigs by
my own band.
Just a quick note to say thanks!
The high-end binaural mikes are really great. Having used small, cheap
mikes from Sony and other brands, there really is no comparison. The
high sensitivity is great: even from second tier near the back of Avery
Fisher Hall, a notoriously poor acoustic environment, they do the job!
The small size and long cables make it easy to operate in stealth mode.
Thanks for allowing me to try the other mikes, and kindly refunding the
The high end binaural mikes are worth every penny!
A real pleasure doing business with you.
P.C., a taper in Canada using a set of HEBs with Mic2496, wrote:
...I put them to use the next day after I met up with you in Teaneck.
For copyright reasons I can't tell you who's playing...
...It was recorded in .wav with my NJB3 then slightly edited with Adobe
Audition. The mics were clipped between the first row and the
performers at about 30 cm distance from each other. It's amazing how
much headroom there is on this setup! It wasn't even clipping during
the applause. Very crisp yet warm. Thank you again.
J.G.S. (P.E.), using PDAudio-CF, Mic2496 and HEB/4060, wrote:
The other day I was making recordings in the anechoic chamber and kept
noticing a "tick-tick-tick" my recordings at ambient (about 15
dBA). Turned out, it was my MagicStor CF drive. At first I was
bummed. Then, I realized I had just made a high fidelity recording of
one of the quietest devices one could possible work on. So, it looks
like its solid state CF memory for my application but the signal to
noise ratio and fidelity are awesome.
The HEBs are fantastic! Connecting them to a Panasonic 3 CCD MiniDV
camera and then videoing a recent concert of a local community youth
orchestra at 16 bit yielded wonderful results! Thanks so much.
Just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks. I had my first opportunity
to use the [HEB] 4061's last night and I'm blown away. I actually recorded a
spoken word piece (not screaming rock and roll) and can't believe how
natural and warm the recording turned out. Awesome product, really worth
I wanted to take a moment and express my satisfaction with my new
recording setup. I purchased a set of your HEB4060's along with your
new mic2496 preamp & PDaudio card. I'm currently running an HP IPAQ
5555 with dual card expansion pack for the PDaudio card and 5gb drive.
Software being used at present is Pocco 's Wichita and Gidlucks Live
I've had several good recording sessions with great results. The
HEB4060's sound absolutely incredible. Several listeners are amazed
with the sound quality from such a small microphone setup. I started
out a few years ago with a DAT deck and have also used a laptop on
several occasions for recording. I find the PDA combined with your
products my favorite. I highly recommend it.
J.B, an engineer/producer in Canada, wrote:
I've run through/tested the HEB's, and must say, they sound awesome!
Nice detail, and they sound very clear and uncoloured (and quiet!). I
will keep this set...
By the way, that is the nicest miniplug (Switchcraft) end I have ever
seen! Didn't know they made real pro-level mini's.
By the way, I was finally able to compare a set of Audio-technica
binaural microphones provided by [another manufacturer] to your DPA
4060s thanks to a friend. The Audio-technicas sound like the first
microphones ever invented compared to the DPA mics.
I recommended Core Sound to a friend of mine today... and I realized
that in the 16 months that I've been enjoying my HEB's I haven't yet
written you to tell you how MUCH I've been enjoying them.
As a multi-media artist and motion picture sound designer, I've had the
pleasure of capturing all kinds of fantastic sound with my HEBs. I say
pleasure for the following reasons: stunning sound quality, first and
foremost (nice freq. response, low self-noise); great binaural and
stereo imaging; small size and big ease-of-use. I've never before heard
recordings that sound as realistic as those I've created with my HEBs -
in listening to my DATs upon returning from the field, I've often caught
myself turning my head in response to sounds from the virtual space (Ha!
These mics fooled my nervous system! Pretty cool.) Well, since I've
owned them, the HEBs have joined me in the loud pit of a 200 mph racecar
crew, along the quiet shore of a lonely alpine lake, and in all manner
of places in between. Aside from the initial recordings that I did
before acquiring one of Core's attenuator cables (a key component to
prevent overloading of my M1's preamps in loud environments),
everything's come out very much to my liking. Thanks Core Sound.
V.H., a DAT taper in Finland, wrote:
The microphones arrived on Thursday (28th), just a day before a very
interesting blues festival. So I had one day to try to get used to the
microphones and the TCD-D100 (which I had received 2 days earlier). ...
Despite a couple of while-recording amateur incidents during the weekend
I succeeded to record 4 gigs with amazing results. ...
I have found the recording hardware very high quality and amazingly
useful. Here in Finland the national music scene doesn't get taped
almost at all when speaking about live acts so even the artists themself
can be quite interested in obtaining live documents of their career and
for that reason may easily give you permission to record their
shows. Some of the very young world-class guitar virtuoses (I know only
one) don't even have any official/commercial material. And because of
these facts, with the enjoyable, uncolored quality one can produce with
your HEB mics, I have now a very rare opportunity to catch some
Thank you Len, and others working for you, for the high quality
microphones. I'm already planning to order some more cords and hardware
when I just have the needed amount of money.
Nick Georges (owner of "Nick's Picks" Web site) wrote:
Folks, let me tell ya flat out that this mics are just mind blowing in
every regard from ease of use, sound, accuracy, size, durability, etc. I
could gush for pages on the virtues of them for they are, w/o doubt, the
finest micro mics on the market. ...
I don't know much out there that will compare to the performance of
these mics. Buying the HEBs from Core Sound for a small premium over
stock 4060's gets you excellent components, sturdy construction, matched
mics and roll-off. That is actually not a bad deal considering what you
(You can see the rest of Nick's very kind review at: http://www.nickspicks.com/rev-core.htm
P.S., a taper in the U.K., wrote:
The mics arrived safe and sound about a week ago - thanks very much!
I've carried out a couple of test recordings - walking around my flat,
street sounds and recording wildlife and joggers up on a nearby Heath.
The sound quality is nothing short of amazing!! I'm very impressed with
the uncoloured and even response right across the frequency spectrum,
not to mention their very low self noise. Also, the sheer depth and
outside-of-headphone soundstage experience is outrageously good!
I've got some future recording projects lined up so I'll write again to
let you know how these turn out!
Many thanks for creating a superb product!
J.M., a taper in Michigan, wrote:
The HEB's have been working out GREAT. I've done 5 concerts with them so
far ranging from quite classical to loud rock-n-roll and have been
impressed with the sound quality every time. The "stealthiness" is
incredible; I've prepared a shirt with the mics under the collar and now
my wife can't even tell when I'm wearing them.
I have a pair of your High End Binaural microphones that I purchased
about three years ago. I have used them hundreds of times to record live
music and have been extremely pleased with the results.
M.D., a DAT taper, wrote:
Thank you so much for all your help in setting me up with what I have
found to be the best microphones I've yet experienced --the DPA4060
(Core HEBs). I use the DPAs with the Zefiro Inbox connected to my Sony
PCM-M1 DAT. Once I complete my home digital recording studio, I'll also
record with the DPAs connected directly into my computer. I primarily am
recording acoustic instruments such as guitar and piano. I'm also
recording nature sounds, which I mix down with some of my acoustic
In my search (and research) for a great pair of microphones (my budget
was around $2000 for a pair), I tried six different mics including the
DPAs: Earthworks QTC1, AKG C4000B, AKG C414BTLII, Alesis AM52 and
Neumann KM184. I compared these mics using the same equipment in the
same room using the same acoustic guitar (and piano). Only the DPAs and
the Earthworks gave me a truly non-colored sound. The other mics just
didn't sound true to my guitar (and my partner's piano). Surprisingly,
the Earthworks sounded a bit mushy in the bass, whereas the DPAs came
across crystal clear and sharp. I find the DPAs to be extremely accurate
and clear, and not at all harsh. In fact the DPAs have what I would call
a "natural" warmth -- not at all colored, but a sound that I would best
describe as very easy to listen to. I chose the DPA4060, as opposed to
the other DPAs, for their lower self-noise level, which I found to be
comparable to that of the Earthworks QTC1. Some of these other mics I
tried have a lower self-noise level, but for me that wasn't worth the
sacrifice of better sound quality.
So I came in well under budget, and I don't need phantom power so it's
very easy for me to record anywhere: in the studio, in my bedroom, in
Thanks again and all the best,
Those DPA 4060 mics you cabled up for me several months ago are better
than I could have *ever* expected. It was such a huge difference over
the Sound Professional Binaurals (Panasonic type) I had been using. The
lower noise and larger dynamic range are two huge pluses these new mics
are now affording me with your help. I don't ever think I'll see the
need to keep looking for better equipment after the latest purchase to
add to my D100. Even though they are binaurals, they don't pick up the
audience chatter as bad as the Panasonic type did which really make the
recordings so much more enjoyable.
H.V., a taper in Germany, wrote:
Yesterday, I made some test recordings down in the city on the streets.
At this recording situation, you can't say anything other than "100%
perfect!" Can't hear any distortions or imperfections. They handle even
complicated things brilliantly (e.g. a car passing behind a street
violinist...). Of course there is a emphasis on the high frequencies
(due to the protection grid) and as a consequence, the binaural
locations go wrong to a certain degree. But I consider this desirable,
because you can easily correct it in postproduction (wheras, if the mics
would capture lesser high frequencies or too much basses, this couldn't
be corrected afterwards). I am now looking ahead at making real music
recordings this fine mics.
A taper in England writes:
Whilst I was pleased with the microphones I was using previously, the HEBs
improve upon their performance in two important ways: firstly, the HEBs are
tonally very neutral and, secondly, they are very quiet, with a S/N ratio
which must be about the finest achievable for a microphone of this sort
suitable for audience recordings. In every venue in which they have been
used, the HEBs have produced highly accurate recordings of both orchestral,
vocal and instrumental classical music.
J.B., a DAT taper, wrote:
I've made 4 recordings so far all up front near the stage. One bluegrass,
one folk, and 2 loud rock and all have had excellent sound with the
bluegrass outstanding. They have not all had what I would call
outstanding sound because the sound at the venues was unfortunately not
outstanding which for me means very bright which I do not find that
often at shows. All the recordings sounded better at home than at the
show. I stealthed all for practice with mics on my chest using the long
mic stem. One of the rock shows was a test from various positions in the
hall from at the stage to the back to the front of the balcony and then
the back. Surprisingly the best sound was as the back of the balcony but
mainly because there was too much loud talking going on everywhere
else. All the positions sounded excellent but there was a drop in levels
the further I moved back. I have not been able to compare them with
other mics as the one person I asked for comparison was not
interested. I am glad I upgraded to these and am happy with them.
S.F., a DAT taper wrote:
Tapes Phil & Phriend last night with the HEBs. I didn't have a floor
ticket for last night but I had a balcony seat directly behind the SDB 2
rows back. I'm a die hard floor taper but I said what the hell. The
tapes sound better than some of my floor recordings!!!
R.C., a DAT user wrote:
My first quick test are very positive...fabulous separation and space
effect. Quality seems to be very good, and I am pleased so far that I
went for the Danish units.
A UK DAT taper writes:
I have wanted to write up some comments on the HEB mics and have
been holding out until I have had sufficient experience with them.
Also, I've found that to properly judge a tape's quality you have to
live with it for a while. I often revise my opinion over time (usually
I've taped a fair number of shows with the HEBs now: a total of
around 17, covering a variety of music types and venues. (A huge
arena, theatre, club, pub, and an unamplified gig in the back room
of a pub.)
I'm extremely impressed with the accuracy of reproduction of what I
hear at concerts. There is no boominess (my reason for upgrading
from the Core Sound Binaurals) and no apparent need to use a bass
roll off. I've found no need to do any sound equalizing on playback
(except when I used the roll off when I shouldn't have been!). The
mics work well at distance - forty-odd rows back - as well as close up,
The size is a major attraction. For the first time I've been able
to tape mics to my glasses frames (near my ears, hidden by my short
hair) and make proper binaural recordings while retaining
stealthiness. I did start out with the mics around my collar (old habits
die hard) but found a significant improvement moving them up to
I was looking for mics I could use for years and feel no inclination to
upgrade, and I think I've found them.
Still have the DPA 4061s you sold me back in 98 and still love them!
P.D., a DAT taper in Italy, write:
By now I have recorded 12 concerts with the HEBs , including piano
recitals, chamber music for 2 to 10 performers (strings, winds, piano) and
a baroque oratorio (for chamber orchestra, choir and vocal soloists). The
mics were always mounted on eyeglass frames, as near to the ears as
possible, and aimed almost directly towards the performers, only slightly
to the sides.
Having little experience with other microphones, I can only say that what
made me buy my first portable DAT recorder six months ago was the secret
hope to achieve recordings like these.
Most of them sound remarkably natural and pleasant when played back through
my Audiolab 8000 DAC and B&W 802 speakers, very 'complete', with deep and
powerful bass frequencies (slightly emphasized perhaps, but not obtrusive).
With the short grids mounted, high frequencies are a bit too sharp (I often
use them all the same because otherwise the alligator clips are unusable,
and I still feel a little uneasy about using the mics without protection).
The space effect is already pleasant when listening through the speakers,
and of course it improves with the headphones.
In general the sound is a hint neater than the original listening
experience; the oratorio was recorded in one of Rome's hugest churches
(not St Peter's, anyway!), far away from the performers, with extremely
long and strong reverberations: on the recording the music is a little
more intelligible than in reality (!), although it conveys a very
realistic 'church effect'.
He later wrote:
Here are the latest news about my HEBs:
1) Very good results with organ and with symphony orchestra: they cope with
complex, composite sounds without losing in cleanness and transparency of
M.E., a taper in Singapore, writes:
The mics are fantastic. I have used them in a number of situations and
found their inconspicuous size and excellent sonic qualities allow me to
get recordings I otherwise would not be able to capture. Can't wait to use
D.O., a DAT taper in California, writes:
Well, your HEBs performed better than I could've ever expected. The
highs are clear and crisp as ever, without sounding artificially
enhanced, and the lows are rich without being boomy and overbearing. I
can't imagine a situation where the Bass roll-off modification would be
needed as these were fairly Bass-heavy shows and the recordings still
sound perfect. These are THE stealth taper's answer to all the problems
with every other mic on the market, including the Bins and Cards that
you already sell. Their size along with their performance are second to
none. The recordings I made sound better than any other tape that I've
heard from this tour so far and some of the shows were taped with
Schoeps CCM4's, Neuman's and a host of other *high-end* stealth mics.
A classical music DAT taper in Maryland wrote:
I record classical piano music. Having used mics by Audio Technica,
Sony, and your own CSBs, the HEB 4060's are a definite and worthy
improvement! I prefer the warmth of these omni's to the dryness of the
AT822 cardiods, the clarity to the Sony ECM737 and ECM959 mics, and the
quietness to the CSBs. The size and portability of the HEB 4060's also
played a major factor in my upgrade. I should also note that I've
recorded chamber music and vocal music with the HEB 4060's, and emerged
with FANTASTIC results. For recording piano (which has a more
percussive nature) I would highly recommend using Len's 11dB Passive
Attenuator Cable with the HEB 4060's so as to avoid overloading the mic
pre. Len's always been very helpful in advising me on the use of his
mics and very accommodating in rushing orders for me, so I'd also highly
recommend the outstanding service at Core Sound.
If anyone's interested in trading classical music, email me at
H.I., in Europe, wrote:
Three weeks ago I purchased a Zefiro Inbox preamp/AD converter and two
DPA microphones at Core Sound. Thanks for the products, I'm very pleased
with the well-build quality and not to forget the sound quality of the
units. Especially the microphones sound really transparent in comparison
to other small miniature microphones. For near-field recordings the
sound of the microphones leans perhaps towards a thin sound (in
combination with the Zefiro Inbox), but which effect nicely compensate
for the frequency loss when recording at longer distances and also
correct for boomy sounds in most acoustical environments.
D.O., a DAT taper in California, wrote:
I recently had the pleasure of using a set of Len's HEBs for 2 shows and
had great results. The first show was at an open air venue where I was
seated approximately 15 rows from the stage. The recording has ZERO
boom, which is commonly associated with the Binaurals, but instead has
crystal clear highs, without sounding artificially enhanced, and very
warm rich bass response. Even the vocals, which tend to dissipate
easily in these venues, had tremendous presence on the recording. The
second show, also in an open air venue, I was lucky enough to be seated
approximately 8 feet from a set of stacks on the stage and the recording
is spectacular. Every instrument is well defined on the recording. The
mics I used had the standard(non-roll off) box and the bass was neither
too heavy nor muddied in the recording. They are a worthwhile upgrade
if you can afford the $900+ price tag.
Just a quick thank you for getting my new toys to me so fast. I have
literally spent the whole day experimenting with them and they look and
sound great! The microphones alone are a big improvement over the CSB's
(don't get me wrong, I loved those too), but the real magic happens when
you hook up the Inbox. I never noticed how canned and tunnelized the
music I have been recording sounded until I used the Inbox and compared.
It finally has real ambiance. I don't think we (the taper) could have
asked for a better discrete taping setup.
B.M., a DAT taper, wrote:
I bought these microphones to do specifically stealth operations with my
new Sony M1 DAT recorder. I wanted to get some good mics that i would
not have to pass on after a couple of months in favor on better ones.
When i told my girlfriend and coworkers that i was spending $900+ on
microphones, they all told me i was absolutely nuts. I knew they were
going to make some good recordings. What i didn't know was that they
were going to be this good!! I taped a festival concert last week with
mics mounted to my glasses, not only did the sound come out great, you
cant even hear the small amount of talking that was done in my close
vicinity. I was really worried that the tapes would be bad because of
drunk conversations, not a chance! The mics picked up what they needed
to pick up, crisp clear music. Not a problem with the highs at all and
took the low end with no problem. The first guy that i played the tapes
for that wasn't at the show told me that it sounded like an official
release. Now if my technique was as good as the microphones, my DAT and
me will make some excellent tapes.
An overwhelmingly satisfied customer, great mics Len and thanks for the
understanding service. You went a lot further than i expected to make
sure i made it to the festival with my new mics.
P.H., on the DAT-heads mailing list, wrote:
...The 'original' Core Sound Binaurals look huge in comparison!
...I've found that room boominess is never exaggerated nor 'invented'
with these mics. The sound is clear and accurate and, when appropriate,
powerful and meaty! I've found that use of the bass roll off is not
necessary because the mics handle the bass sound so well.
...I am still amazed at how miniature they are.
...The size of the mics makes proper binaural placement easy -
especially if you wear glasses :) - which means very accurate stereo
imaging is achievable. If you keep your head still during a recording,
the playback over headphones is very realistic.
S.C., in the UK, writes:
I wasn't expecting them to be quite so small - they are wonderfully
inconspicuous. Although I haven't had a chance to listen through the
whole tape yet, even on a quick listen I can hear the difference - the
sound is much more natural and real. The bass is a little strong - but
then it was at the show and its completely undistorted with no boom. I
didn't use the filter as I thought I could easily adjust the bass on the
computer afterwards. The mics give a nice level through the line in
So I just wanted to say thanks and congratulate you on some wonderful
mics. I'm looking forward to many years of high quality recordings.
Enjoying them?? I LOVE 'em. Their insanely small size coupled with
absolutely brilliant sound quality makes this the best bang for the buck
I've ever seen. I had so much faith in them that I drove over 4000 miles
round trip to New York to tape my favorite band. The recordings came out
gorgeous.. one even sounds so good it'd be hard to distinguish it from a
J.L., a MiniDisc taper in the, US wrote:
First, I have to tell you that your high-end binaural mics are amazing!
I've used them to record a coffee house performance and a latin band at
DAR Constitution Hall on a Sony MX-R70 mini-disk and both recordings are
like being there, except the seats are more comfortable.
Dr. Les Turoczi wrote a review for the "Stereo Times" Web magazine.