1. The Mil. Spec. mini is composed of a 4-way braided cable composed of Mil. Spec. 20 AWG Silver plated Teflon wire (burned in for a week powering a 60 watt light bulb) and terminated with two gold plated Radio Shack 3.5mm plugs (not bad quality, heavy duty). All the connections are soldered using silver bearing solder. The cable is approx. 14" long. I would characterize the sound as warm. $10 shipped anywhere in the US.