MG Audio Design, LLC, was recently formalized as a company but has been 25 years in the making. The principals of the company are Lee Matuszczak, Head of Product Development, and Greg Graff, COO/Chief Gopher. Lee is a retired electrical engineer known for developing innovative solutions to technical problems during his career. Greg was a bassist who performed with a number of jazz and rock bands. Both of us have been avid audiophiles for well over 30 years.

Our first love is designing and constructing loudspeakers. As a matter of fact, that is how we got into the wire business. We were voicing one of our earliest speaker designs and kept getting different results when we changed out speaker wire and interconnect. Finally, I became frustrated with the substantial changes these made, so I asked Lee what would be the perfect wire design. He thought for a while and then observed that, according to theory, it would be one that was very wide and very flat, where the leads were parallel to one another, in the same plane, and as close together as practical. Additionally, it would have air as its dielectric. We then spent the next several months building prototypes until we finally settled on a practical design embodying these ideas. The resulting product is the wire we have used ever since for our speaker designs.

Over the years, we have had select members of the Colorado Audio Society as part of our listening panels. Whenever we designed something new or auditioned new equipment, we would ask for their critique or reaction. We found out early on that each person had a different listening bias, but as a group they provided valuable feedback. While we were frequently looking for their comments on a particular speaker design or product, they often seemed to focus on the speaker wire instead. Everyone wanted a set of the speaker wire for themselves. Instead of hand-building all of these wires, we found a fabricator who would make a run to our specifications. The only problem was that they were very time-consuming to terminate, and terminating the wire resulted in more than a few cut fingers. Over the years, I probably built 30 sets of speaker cables, but only if someone would really bug me to take the time to do it. Recently we found a way to terminate them that takes much less time and, more importantly to me, doesn’t result in cut fingers (blood on copper is not a good conductor and screws up the look of the cable).

While the basic design has remained the same (in fact, my personal speaker wires are 23 years old—a testament to the quality and durability of the wire), we have experimented with various connectors until finding what we consider to be the best-sounding connectors for this wire.

Before ending this introduction to MG Audio Design, LLC, I wish to acknowledge two other people who were instrumental in its final configuration. The first is Bill Ernst, computer genius, who allows us to keep our new computer-based systems state of the art so we can have consistent, repeatable sound from our systems. Second, I wish to acknowledge Patrick Cullen, who pointed out that our original configuration had a very poor Spouse Acceptance Factor (SAF), and we all know how important that is!

Please read further about our speaker and interconnect wires in their respective sections. Also, you may be interested in our forthcoming white paper about the science behind our wire designs. They are based on physics and good engineering practice, not voodoo.

Greg Graff, COO
MG Audio Design, LLC