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Audio Mixing Interface and Console, Digital Mastering Studio Recorder, Firewire Control Surface, Digital Audio Workstation, DJ & Club Mixer, Portable, Home, and Rack mount CD/Minidisc/MP3 player/recorder/editor, iPod dock, Digital Analog Converter (DAC), Preamp, Integrated Amplifier, and of course, the headphone Amplifier for your SoundStage Headphones!

Milian Acoustics is proud to offer Premium Quality Custom Audio Cable Assemblies. Designed to meet the needs of Professional and Home Studios, Live Venue and Audiophile Setups alike, Milian Acoustics will connect your entire chain of audio devices in one simple order! No matter how complex or unique the setup, the cable designers below allow you to build each cable exactly to your own specifications. With the millions of different combinations available, you can be sure to have your cable built exactly the way you want it!

Stereo  - For all Stereo, 2 Channel, and Dual Mono applications. Use this Builder for 3.5 Mini Interconnects like for connecting your iPod to Home Stereos, Headphone Amplifiers, or any other Stereo Devices. All varieties of Headphone Extension Cables are also made here.
Single & Multi Channel  - For all Single and Multi-Channel Discrete Cable Sets. Use this Builder for your Analog RCA Interconnects, SACD, DVD-A, Dolby 5.1,6.1, and 7.1 stereo connections. Build balanced (TRS) and unbalanced (TS) Patch Cords as well as all single and multi-channel Mixing Board and Multi-track recording interconnections here.
Snake Cables  - For all Multi Channel Snake Cables. A great way to get great sound for multiple channels well organized into a single jacket. Ideal for the same applications as Single & Multi-channel builder above, but enabling you to fit up to 16 channels in a single cable!
Y-Lead & Send/Return  - For all Splits of Balanced & Unbalanced cables, as well as Send/Return Insert Cables. For a breakdown of how to achieve each possible function of this builder, please refer to the Notes page.

Premium Standards of Quality: A Premium Warranty to Match
All Cables are made to order and hand crafted with the finest materials. Made with 4% Silver Solder, Oxygen Free Copper, and a wide selection of the finest terminations. All Cables come with the Milian Acoustics 30 day no questions asked return policy, and a full service 2 year warranty. If you have any problems with your cable for 2 years, just send it back to us and we'll repair or replace it free of charge.

Important Aspects of Audio Cables: What you need to know before you connect your audio rig
Milian Acoustics is a custom cable assembly house, and can assemble cables for you using any termination or cable available in the world. We have scoured the earth for the world's best wire, sleeving, and terminations to offer them to you in the cable builder above. We are always seeking new cable materials and new options for your custom built cables are always coming in! If you would like to stay up to date on the new offerings available from Milian Acoustics, feel free to sign up to our Email list for updates whenever new stuff comes in.

Milian Acoustics uses products from a variety of the world's premier audio manufacturers. Our cables include choice components from Neutrik, Switchcraft, Mogami, Gepco, Belden, TechFlex and many others. These companies have painstakingly designed their products to have the best possible electrical, mechanical, and physical properties. Every audiophile and professional deserves the best quality cables and components assembled exactly to specification, and this is the mission of Milian Acoustics.

The chart below describes all the relevant data to be considered for your cable assembly. To learn more about each aspect of quality cables, click on the desired term.

OFC � Star Quad OFC � Twisted Pair OFC Solid Core Coaxial SPOFC
DC Resistance (R) 25 Ω/Mft 10.5 Ω/Mft 6.4 Ω/Mft 23.7 Ω/Mft
Inductance (L) 0.12 μH/ft 0.15 μH/ft 0.11μH/ft 0.18 μH/ft
Capacitance (C) 20 pF/ft 17 pF/ft 16.3 pF/ft 12 pF/ft
Metallurgy High Purity Oxygen Free Copper High Purity Oxygen Free Copper High Purity Oxygen Free Copper High Purity Silver Plated Oxygen Free Copper
Geometry Star Quad Shielded Twisted Pair Solid Core Coaxial Shielded Twisted Pair
Shielding Spiral 95% Braid Quad Shield (Dual 95% Braid, Dual 100% Foil) 95% Braid
Dielectric Cross-Linked Polyethylene Foam Polypropylene Foam Polyethylene Foam Polyethylene

- Electrical Characteristics (RLC)  - The inherent electrical specifications of the cable itself have a profound impact on the sonic characteristics as well as the scope of its applications. Below is a brief rundown on the definition of relevant terms and their role in the construction of quality audio cables:
- Metallurgy  - Practically every wire in the world uses various metal conductors to transfer electric current. By a large margin, the most popular metal to use as a conductor is Copper. It has excellent conductivity and is a very cost effective metal. Copper is used in everything from high voltage power lines to broadband data transmission cables. Other highly conductive, precious metals such as Silver, Gold, and Platinum provide for wonderful signal transmission, though are not a viable option for most electrical applications.

One important aspect of metallurgy when it comes to quality audio cables, is the purity of the conductive metal used. Whether the conductor is made of Copper or Silver or any other metal, the world's best cable manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure that the conductor consists only of the purest metals. High Purity metals eliminate the presence of contaminants that do not have the highly conductive properties of the metals themselves. These contaminants, such as Oxides, can also disarrange the crystalline structure of the metal�creating smaller, less uniform crystals for the signal to pass through.

With these two aspects of cable metallurgy in mind�the metal chosen to conduct the signal and the purity of its extrusion, there is a variety of cable options available for use in interconnects.
- Geometry  - When connecting audio devices, there are a plethora of rogue elements both internal and external trying their hardest to seep into the signal path and contaminate the audio signal. A Cable's Geometry, the method in which a cable's conductors are arranged together, plays a key role in creating a clean pathway for the audio signal to pass through. As described above, there is a tendency for inductance and capacitance of the conductors themselves. Too much of either can cause signal distortion and roll-off on both ends of the audio spectrum�ruining the elusive natural flat response curve. The Geometry of a cable has a large role in minimizing this inductance and capacitance.

In addition to the inherent effect on the RLC on the interconnect, differing Cable Geometries also lend themselves to some uses better than others. This is where the various applications of twisted pair, star quad, and coaxial cable become pertinent:

For Balanced cables, twisted pair or star quad geometries are the ideal solution. The twisting of the conductors in an extremely uniform manner stabilizes the inductance as well as promoting the phenomenon known as Common Mode Noise Rejection. Twisted Pair and Star Quad geometries are also very effective with 2 channel Stereo Cable applications. Milian Acoustics utilizes a set of guidelines for the use of Twisted Pair and Star Quad cables. For more information about these guidelines, please refer to the Notes page.

For Unbalanced Analog Signals, like RCA connections, a well shielded Coaxial cable is typically the best sounding geometry because the capacitance from its conductor to the shield is very low. Coaxial cable also has very effective shielding from EMI and RFI and as such can be used . Nonetheless, Twisted Pair and Star Quad geometries do perform quite well in their own regard for unbalanced signals, and have the benefit of being more lightweight, flexible, and durable.

In the Single & Multi-Channel Cable Builder above, we give you the choice of OFC Solid Core Coaxial cable. The Solid Core Coaxial Cable is only available with RCA and TS terminations. In connections where RCA terminations are required, and long lengths are not, we typically suggest Solid Core Coax. For most other Interconnects, twisted pair is advised.

- Shielding  - In this modern world we live in, there is an ever-present and ever-growing sea of electromagnetic radiation and high frequency radio signals. There are countless devices, often ones that are very near your audio devices, that give off both Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI). Both of these can be absorbed by interconnect cables if not properly designed. To combat these signal distorting pollutants, there are 2 main types of Shielding that greatly reduce unwanted noise. The main methods are braided or spiraled copper wire or the layering of aluminum foil.

A nice quality copper braid shield goes a long way in fighting off EMI. The shield covers anywhere from 60% to 98% of the conductors. This shield is connected to one or both ends of the ground, and channels a large majority of the electromagnetic current away from the input load. Conversely, there is Foil Shielding. Utilized primarily with coaxial cables, foil shields cover 100% of the conductors, and are very good at blocking the remaining EMI not corralled from the copper braid. They are also effective defenses against high frequency radio waves that can sneak in through the holes in braided shields.

All Milian Acoustics cables contain at least 1 braided shield with no less than 95% coverage. The Solid Core Coaxial cable features a quad shield design with dual 95% coverage copper braids and 2 100% coverage foil layers. For many home audio systems, it is hard to avoid having power cords in the near vicinity of the line level interconnects. This can often be the culprit of distortion in your sound system. If you experience humming, buzzing, or fuzzy roar behind the sound of your system, utilizing well shielded interconnects such as a quality Coaxial cable can be a very effective and affordable way to drop the �noise floor� of your system and drastically improve the overall sound.

- Dielectrics  - A Cable's dielectric material, or electrical insulation, plays a central role in transferring a clean, unaltered signal through a cable. The theoretical ideal material for a dielectric is the vacuum of space, or even plain air, though neither are very practical for use outside of a laboratory�with the exception of the very highest end of the cable spectrum. The primary role of Dielectrics is to insulate the conductors from neighboring conductors to prevent the their signal currents from interacting. This is relatively easy to do with the low voltages present in interconnects and can be done with a wide array of materials.

When used in a quality interconnect cable, however, the dielectric is also given the task of keeping the current traveling through the conductor from being absorbed and subsequently reflected back into the signal current out of phase with the original signal. This is how the dielectric is directly tied into the Capacitance of a Cable. The less charge the dielectric material holds within itself and the speed at which it can reflect any charge it does hold back into the signal current will have a great impact on the capacitance of the interconnect. With Capacitance being the single most significant electrical aspect when when it comes to the sonic purity of interconnect cables, this magnifies the importance of quality dielectrics.

Milian Acoustics Cables offer mostly Polyethylene and Polypropylene Dielectric Insulation, with the rest using Teflon polymers. Polyethylene is a flexible plastic polymer able to sustain insulation up to very high voltages. It also has the highly reflexive property that minimizes the tendency of the insulator to absorb and release the signal again out of phase. Some cables, like our Solid Core Coaxial cable and Twisted pair cable, have nitrogen gas bubbles injected into the dielectric insulation to further increase its insulation properties and to reduce absorption. And some other cables like, the OFC Star Quad, utilize a form of Polyethylene which is �Cross-linked�--giving it greater tolerance to heat.

- Sleeving  - Milian Acoustics offers a wide variety of sleeving options for your custom made cable. Sleeving provides a fashionable way of protecting your investment, as well as making channel identification a breeze. With the variety of sleeving options to choose from at Milian Acoustics, you can build the custom set of cables you've always wanted with the color coding of your choice. Choose from these popular Sleeving Options:
- Length  - One good general guideline when connecting your system is to use the shortest lengths possible, but not so short that you put strain on the chassis of the audio components. Unbalanced analog audio signals suffer from attenuation as the length of the cable increases. The impact of attenuation is different along the range of audio frequencies, but tends to worsen as the frequency increases. This can result in a sound that has high end frequencies rolled off with a loss of detail in the signal.

Balanced Signals, however, do not have the same attenuation issues. This is why there are 100 and 150 ft length options available to fully balanced cable assemblies in the cable builders above.

- Burn-in  - The term �Burn-in� is used to describe the period of time taken to acclimate a cable to its electrical current. There are several theories on why cables tend to sound better after extended hours of use. There is some evidence suggesting that, going down to the molecular level of the both the dielectric and the actual conductor, that their behavior in the presence of electrical currents improves as the molecules align themselves with the current flow.

Whether this can be proven or not is not something the audiophile should not be greatly concerned about. The reasons why burning in cables improve the sound may be largely mechanical, but there almost certainly are biological and psychological elements involved as well. The human ear is a very fickle instrument and its comprehension of the data it receives can vary on a daily basis. Additionally, how your brain interprets the sound can be influenced by any number of factors.

A large majority of audio cable designers agree that many cables tend to sound slightly restricted at first, and then open up after about 30-40 hours of continuous play. There there is no doubt that, at the very least, quality cables deserve a good audition of its sound before placing judgment on its sonic qualities. First impressions are rarely as satisfactory as extended listening sessions after a sufficient burn-in. Any audio signal will suffice for burning in your cables or headphones. Although, the best audio signal to burn-in a cable is either Pink or White Noise, as they provide a linear distribution of audio frequencies across the entire audible spectrum.

With these important factors taken into account, Milian Acoustics provides you with millions of different options with which to build your ideal cable. There is no limit to what you can create! Simply follow the directions for each builder, and create exactly what you have always wanted!

If you have any questions, or would like assistance in building your cable, we will be glad to help! Please send us an email at Include what your needs are and any specific criteria you would like and we'll be happy to assist you in building your cable solutions!

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