Mimic Cables Review
Let's first take a look at the USB Mini B to USB A cable.Mimic Cables has many different sleeving options, but the one I chose is the silver silica. It's a very soft and flexible sleeving, with a subtle sheen to it. It costs a little extra, but I think it looks fantastic! When I received it, there were already a couple of blemishes, and I think that's due to how soft it is. If you're in an environment where you're on the go, I might recommend a more durable sleeving option. There are paracord, MDPC, Kevlar, Stainless Steel, Brass, Copper, and even Carbon Fiber options available. To give you an idea, here's what grey 550 paracord looks like next to silver silica.
The cables use gold-plated connectors, with some nice clean black heatshrink to boot.A minor annoyance to this USB cable is the fact that when plugging it into my keyboard, the Mini B connector cannot be pushed fully into my keyboard's USB port. You have to make sure to plug the cable in about half way in order for the keyboard to recognize it. Then it will work perfectly. This is not an issue on the USB A side, where you plug it into your computer.
The Audio CableFor the audio cable, I chose the same sleeving so my two new cables would match. Each end is a 3.5mm gold-plated connector using Switchcraft parts. Coincidentally, Switchcraft manufactures their parts right here in Chicago. As of late, Mimic Cables has been using [Rean parts,](https://rhino.im/u/0026/Rean.jpg) which also look great but have a glossy finish. I like the matte black look the best. Twist off the cover to the connectors and you'll find very clean soldering work. Mimic Cables also offers a service to modify headphones. The permanent cable on your headphones is removed and replaced with an audio jack, so that you can use any length 3.5mm cable. This mod solves the issue of the ever-too-long undetachable cables that are included with many headphones, including my Beyerdynamics.
One of the things I was worried about is whether the modification would affect the audio quality of my 990s, but I am pleased to report there hasn't been a noticeable difference and my headphones still sound great!I also wondered if the audio jack might disconnect while listening to my headphones, but Mimic has solved that issue by thoughtfully including a twist lock connector on the end of the cable that connects to the headphones.
I love the quality of the cables and the vast customization options that Mimic Cables has to offer. There's a plethora of sleeving options — even braided and coiled cables are available — and any connector you could possibly need for hooking up your mechanical keyboards and audio equipment.
Many thanks to Mimic Cables for sending these to me for review!