My younger brother was building guitar amplifiers when he was 14, and I was already experimenting with wires in 1974. I firstly re-wired a pair of Quad vacuum tube amplifiers, and then a pair of Infinity loudspeakers. I found re-wiring a component to be a very audible and rewarding hobby. A few years later I was re-wiring Rega RB300 tone-arms, and providing adjustable VTA for the Rega 3 turntable along with RCA sockets fitted and implanted into the plinth of the turntable. I specialized in making better sounding turntables and loudspeakers, with better passive components and of course better wire.
What further convinced me of the difference that wire could create, was a complete rewiring of the AC cable run from the breaker box to an upstairs sound room. The sound changed completely, and so I had discovered that different wire gauges sound different. I was making hand-crafted speaker cables and AC power cords.
I am reminded of how far the audio industry has evolved sufficiently to a point of acceptance that audio cables are very important in an audio system.
The assertion that audio cables could make a difference in an audio system has been continuously debated by listeners of music and audio engineers, electrical engineers and so on.
As early as the mid 1970s and early 1980s, Matthew Bond had experimented with solid core conductors of different diameters. He hypothesized that an ‘optimum diameter’ of 18 AWG (American Wire Gauge) or 1 millimeter was ideal for audio frequencies because there was minimal high frequency attenuation caused by the principle known as skin effect.
Matthew Bond’s work was supported by research work from the NBS or the National Bureau of Standards in the 1930s and confirmed later by Stereophile Magazine in July 1988 in a table presented as the DC to AC resistance ratio versus frequency, in wires of different diameters. Matthew Bond is credited with the invention of solid-core wires for audio use, because his work predates Dennis Morecroft (1984) and any of the early solid-core wires developed for use in audio in England at the time.
In 1984 Matthew founded TARA Labs (The Absolute Reference Audio Labs) in Sydney, Australia. The first commercial speaker cables from Matthew Bond were the Phase II speaker cable. In 1990, Matthew Bond invented the world’s first cable to have a floating conductor unterminated at one end that would allow for an increased high-frequency bandwidth to be coupled to the signal carrying conductors (US patent No. 5033091). Later, a control device inside a box fitted to the cable (The Temporal Continuum) allowed the user to adjust the amount of high frequency energy to be heard.
In 1992, Matthew Bond introduced Rectangular Solid Core cables. These ribbon-like conductors were solid with a rectangular cross section. Rectangular conductors can be made in specific proportions (width and height), and this provides for the tuning of the frequency response of a conductor.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.