Designed and developed by Matthew Bond
for Matthew Bond Audio
Produced by: Jeffrey Weber
Executive Producer: Matthew Bond
Engineers: Clark Germain, Jorge Sanchez
Mastering: Robert Vosgien
Design: Bob Wynne Graphics
The Role of a Burn-In Disc
Created by Matthew Bond, Cascade Noise is used to burn-in audio electronics, audio cables and loudspeakers. What makes Cascade Noise really effective is the proprietary combination of pink noise and white noise, percussive pulses at 180 BPM, sweeping sine waves, and pulses of ascending and descending (cascading) multi-octave square waves.
The phenomenon called ‘burn-in’ is the conditioning of an audio component with continued use. Cascade Noise is designed to completely condition the capacitive and diode-like effects within audio components and audio cables. In loudspeakers, Cascade Noise will break-in a loudspeaker’s drivers, wiring and crossover. The result is a more coherent and extended high frequency reproduction without glare or distortion.
The Role of Cables
Many people use cables as tone controls in an audio system. Cables are chosen that will add their own coloration, affecting the overall sound of the system. This is not surprising as many of today’s cables are specifically designed to add in this way.
At Matthew Bond Audio, we believe high quality cables should have a neutral tonal balance. Cables should be as revealing in their sound as possible, as should the audio system itself, so the recording should be heard clearly, without added coloration.
The main challenge in designing an accurate loudspeaker cable is the electrical characteristic called inductance. Inductance is the tendency of an electrical conductor to oppose a change in the electric current flowing through it. To make a speaker cable that is truly perfect, we must make sure that the cable design has a conductor configuration that is extremely low in inductance. To this end, the positive and negative conductors must be close together, preferably in a ribbon configuration.
How to Know
The most common and obvious form of coloration caused by cables occurs in the high frequency spectrum. You will know whether this is happening in your own system by listening and comparing what you are hearing to an instrument like a triangle, or a bell. Try this: gently strike a crystal glass. Listen to the attack, sustain and decay that are so vital to the correct and faithful harmonic structure of this natural and beautiful sound. Recordings featuring a triangle, cymbal or similar instruments should have a similar life. When high frequency roll-off is evident, you will notice that the cable does not allow you to hear the natural decay of notes into the background silence with a correct sense of time.
The opposite case, where there is an exaggeration of high frequencies is illustrated by cables whose sound may be described as “exciting” or “fast,” but the sonic price is exaggerated brightness or glare. With these cables, you may hear more high frequency information with less natural ambient decay. There may be a tendency for subtle high frequency detail to sound overly strident or brittle. For example, reproduced piano notes will likely sound overly sharp in the upper registers.
In over forty years of cable design and innovation, Matthew Bond has now created the new, ‘state-of-the-art’ in audio cable design, the GSC Series of speaker cables, the flagship cables for Matthew Bond Audio. Transparent, revealing and with full spectrum detail, Matthew Bond Audio cables represent the next generation of astounding reproductive audio clarity.