First, we select quality components...
We then apply OUR Engineering principles..
We love big, rich, full, 3D tone from a Cab. We also love tightness, punch and clarity. These have always been at odds it seemed.
Large cabs were rich, full and huge-sounding while smaller cabs were tighter and more responsive, but less projective in the mix. So we began a serious effort to see if we could determine
WHY a big cab tended to get "muddy" at stage volumes and small cabs were too directional with poor projection. Stand about 25 feet in front
of a typical cab and crank even a 50W head to 5 or 6 on the volume. Close your eyes and most likely you'll understand what we mean.
After several years of prototyping different sizes, shapes and materials for a quality cab, we finally believed that we had at least found the causes of these issues.
Now the trick became, "Is there a solution and if so, what is it?" We wanted a BIG cab that was TIGHT and ARTICULATE no matter how hard it was cranked.
CAD programs and T/S calculations only get you to a safe design point. To get the performance WE wanted meant that we
had to absolutely understand how THE CAB functioned at vibrational timing levels and not just to provide sufficient internal volumes for the speakers.
A typical speaker cone delivers energy in 2 directions...out the front into the room and out the back into the enclosure. These soundwaves hit the back panel and reflect back into the speaker cone. At lower volumes is isn't much of an issue
but at higher volumes it definitely is. This is what causes loss of definition and clarity from the speakers themselves. Oh, they're loud alright...loud is easy. It is "projection" that suffers. And for a typical guitar cab the usual solution while
on stage, was to crank the amp louder which just created more of a wave pattern problem, which required even more volume and so on.
Don't get us wrong here...we love overdriven distortion as much as the next guy. We just believe that distortion should come from the pick-ups, effects and/or the amp...NOT the cab.
And we do realize that perhaps there are Players who are content with this kind of cab tone. We've read forum opinions from guys who say to just "roll back the bass and the cab will work OK". Sorry, but acceptance of poor performance is unacceptable to us.
Most cab builders over the last few decades have tried to counterract these effects by either installing insulation or partitioning the cab into separate chambers. Some use both
methods and others do nothing at all. But in our experience, these just tend to make a cab sound flat, scooped, flubby and can take away from the character of a well built wooden cabinet in general. It's like putting a
band-aid on a headache...you KNOW you need to do something, you just don't know WHAT. We took a different approach. Our method of controlling
these internal waves is based on a principle of "disrupting the timing of reflectivity" within the cab and scattering the remaining residual waves away from the speakers. As a result, our
"AFTERBURNER BAFFLE" was born. It "neutralizes" the back panel in the same way that a chambered cab does without having to actually chamber the cab into smaller, less projective cubicles. It also acts as a diffuser,
to scatter the remaining reflected waves. And you still get the rich open sound of a BIG cab without the deadening effects of batting/insulation. Cab resonance is a good thing, when controlled and distributed correctly. You can read review upon review that say no matter what you do,
MILLS Cabs stay tight and projective with NO muddiness at any volume. Another benefit of the baffle is an incredible increase in the strength and rigidity of the cab. There is only one thing you want vibrating on a guitar cab
and that is the voice coil/speaker cone assembly. The cab MUST be stable, strong and neutral to deliver massive projection with clarity...especially at stage volumes. The home studio Players love our cabs. The gigging Players love them A LOT.
We have always encouraged solid, honest Customer feedback and reviews. This is one of the best ways for us to know if our design and construction techniques are doing their jobs. Our HC reviews are HERE . As of this writing,
please notice that 97% of the reviews rate our Sound Quality at "10"..
YES...there IS a difference.
A/V clips of the cabs in action.