1. What is so special about your rectangular capsule?
We're getting quite a few questions about our unconventional capsule. So we decided to dedicate an entire page only to the 2700 rectangular capsule.
2. Is my microphone covered by the lifetime warranty?
The lifetime warranty was introduced in 1997 and is valid for microphones sold (new) from january 1st 1997 and onwards.
If you are unsure of the age of your microphone, just write down the serial number, contact us and we will search our archives to determine when it was manufactured.
3. Are parts still available for some of the older Milab/PML models?
Yes, we still carry many parts for older Milab and PML models. Contact us if you have an old model that needs repair or service.
4. Matched pairs: 4.1 Can your microphones be ordered as matched pairs? 4.2 Is there any point in getting consecutive serial numbers? 4.3 Will you match three or more microphones?
4.1 Yes, at an extra charge. All our microphones are made entirely by hand and will have small variations in sensitivity and frequency response. Our technical requirements are very hard for matched pairs: Both microphones have to be within 1 dB to each other in both sensitivity and frequency response (for the full frequency range). These are among the hardest tolerance levels in the industry which means that there is extra work involved when making a match, hence the extra charge. Multi-pattern microphones are matched in the cardioid setting.
4.2 Different manufacturers work in different ways. At Milab the stamping of the serial number (normally on the microphone body or XLR-connector) is done separately from the rest of the production which means that consecutive serial numbers does not automatically mean that the microphones were produced at the same time. So in short: No, there is no reason to ask for consecutive serial numbers.
4.3 Yes, we can match three or more microphones on request.
5. Which microphone should I buy?
That depends entirely on what you intend to use it for. Our applications guide will help you with some basic guidelines. If you have more specific questions on which model to choose or how to place your microphones you are more than welcome to contact us.
6. Don't you have any wireless models?
No, but italian high-end manufacturer Wisycom uses the Milab VM-44 capsules (both cardioid and omni) for their top model - the MTH400. Article numbers: MCM302 (VM-44 cardioid) and MCM304 (VM-44 omni).
The MTH300 transmitter with the MCM302 head is the closest you get to a wireless Milab LSR-3000.
7. What are the differences between the DC-96B, DC-96C and DC-196?
The DC-96B, the DC-96C and the DC-196 all share some exterior parts and all have rectangular capsules - but they are quite different on the inside.
The DC-96B has the original 2700 capsule, is cardioid only and has an output transformer. The top is a little sharper which makes it excellent for acoustic instruments and a favourite among many producers for drum overheads, but maybe a little less suitable for vocals than the DC-196.
The DC-196 uses the updated version of the rectangular capsule from 2006 which means reduced noise and a smoother top. It is transformerless, handles more SPL:s and has a choice of three different polar patterns.
It was a logical step to upgrade the DC-96B with the technology from the DC-196. So the capsule and amplifier is the same in the DC-196 and the DC-96C, but the latter is cardioid only and has a single layer mesh grid.
Compare the DC-96B to the DC-196
Compare the DC-96B to the DC-96C
Compare the DC-96C to the DC-196
8. Why should I buy a Milab mic when there are many cheaper condenser microphones on the market?
In some ways the microphone business is like the rest of the market, i.e. you get what you pay for. We build microphones by hand in our plant in Sweden; our quality control is outstanding and every microphone is tested several times throughout the production process and finally has to pass several tests in our anechoic chamber - you get an individual frequency chart with every microphone. On top of that we probably have the best warranty on the market. The time and care that we put into making every single microphone would be impossible in a mass-production facility.
Despite our high production costs, our prices are very competitive when compared to other European-made microphones.
9. How do I go about when I want to service or repair my microphone?
You should always contact us or your local distributor/retailer before sending us the microphone.
As a matter of fact, there is nothing wrong with many of the microphones we receive for repairs, so you should try to make sure that the problem isn't caused by anything else in your equipment before you send us the mic.