MIT Cables - A History

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Bruce Brisson began designing audio cables in the 1970’s after “hearing” the sonic problems inherent in typical audio cables of the day. In 1981 he licensed the first of many of his designs and patents to Monster Cable. Many of Monster’s products are still using his designs today (“Bandwidth Balanced”, “Phase Correct” windings, “Time Coherent windings, for example), and have become some of Monster’s most enduring and successful products. In 1984, he founded Music Interface Technologies (MIT), which as been a leading force in the research design, and manufacturing of high performance audio, video and AC cables ever since. Using his patented Varilay designs, Brisson designed MI-330 interconnect, Music Hose Speaker cable (MH-750), and the now legendary 330-Shotgun and 750-Shotgun cables. With these designs, Brisson had taken wire to a new level, but he wanted even greater performance to complement the emerging sophistication of other audio components. In 1989, he created the low-pass filter network concept, designing the patented CVT® and Terminator™ technologies that are contained in the distinctive modules for which all MIT products are known.

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These technologies have excellent measured performance because they control the efficiency of the network throughout the entire audio range, allowing the the entire music signal to pass throughout the system with minimal distortion.

Since forming MIT, Brisson has also designed or manufactured technologies for many other well know audio companies, such as Spectral Audio, Inc., Jeff Rowland Design Group, Wilson Audio Specialties, Martin Logan Electrostatic Loudspeakers and Goldmund Audio. MIT products are used in many recording studios and have become crucial components in many Hollywood production facilities (see MIT “At the Movies” about our association with Skywalker Sound). If you have listened to a hit record or attended a hit movie within the last decade, you have undoubtedly heard many of our products.

Quantifying the Performance—
Hearing the Technology

A key element that was always missing when discussing the performance of audio and video cable was the ability to quantify performance through test results. In 1992, after years of R&D, MIT announced the development of the Efficiency Scale, a test and measurement program that correlates sonic qualities of cable with test-bench performance. Using proprietary software designed by MIT in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard, MIT was now able to measure a network's complex impedance, including its phase, and calculate its in-phase power and losses. These are the very factors that show how efficiently a given audio network or cable will pass the music signal from input to output. MIT was able to combine these results into a single graph to characterize and correlate a network's sonic performance to what the ear hears, something no other cable company has the ability to do.

Articulation and Multipole™ Technology

Multipole networks are wired in parallel, passively correcting the problems that are inherent with ordinary cable designs.

All cables have one ideal area where the capacitance, inductance and resistance are balanced for proper articulation. This describes a single-pole of articulation. With Multipole networks, MIT can create additional poles (within the cable) for ideal behavior over a broader range than “just cable.” With the advent of new micro-componentry, MIT can now provide improved performance without increasing package size for ease of installation. Think of it as getting the best part of multiple cables, all in one sleek package.