Thanks to Laura Thurmond of Tape Op magazine, I was finally able to get a copy of the magazine with the extensive SDC shootout (Tape Op No. 72 July/Aug 2009, pages 56-58).
As I've written before, the two Milabs in the shootout (VM-44 and DC-96B) both made the cut, as decided by the very prestigious 21-member panel. It was also nice to see that the author of the article, Mike Jasper, picked both Milab mics among his personal favourites.
So what can we learn from this? Choosing your microphone is mostly a matter of taste, but it is clear from a test like this that buying a microphone from the company with the biggest marketing budget or the best known brand name does not mean you will get the best product. Dig a little deeper, make your own blind tests and make sure that you get a microphone that is right for you.