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About the ACC 268 Articulation Control Console

ACC 268 with Absolute Sound Awards
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What the heck is an Articulation Control Console?
To a cynic, it’s nothing more than a fancy name for a speaker cable. To others, the Articulation Control Console represents the culmination of everything MIT founder Bruce Brisson has learned over his 35-plus-year career designing…”Stratospheric”, “..unlike any other differences I’ve heard between components”. Read more here: The ACC 268 Review by Robert Harley

Recipient of the 2019 Editor's Choice Award - The Absolute Sound

” Yes, the MIT ACC 268 is crazy-expensive, but for those of you well-off enough to afford it, I don’t think that you’ll find a more musically rewarding speaker interface.”

Recipient of the 2018 Editor's Choice Award - The Absolute Sound

“MIT’s ACC 268 Articulation Control Consoles are unique in their conception, design, and, most importantly, performance. I confess to not fully understanding the concept of “articulation” in cables, or how the ACC 268 works, but I can report that no other cable I’ve heard offers the MIT’s foundational virtues or its flexibility in tuning a system’s sound. “

Recipient of the 2017 Editor's Choice Award - The Absolute Sound

“MIT’s ACC268 “Articulation Control Consoles” are undoubtedly the world’s most expensive speaker cables, but they are unlike any cables extant. The control consoles are 45-pound enclosures housing the network along with unique adjustments that allow you to tune the cable to your system. This tuning has nothing to do with tonal balance, but rather with a dynamic verve in different parts of the frequency range. Beyond esoteric and justifiable in only the highest of high-end systems, the ACC268 delivers a sound quality that is unmatched by any other cable in RH’s experience. “

Recipient of the 2017 Top Pick Award - The Absolute Sound

“The ACC 268’s adjustability takes the form of four knobs on the console’s top panel. Three of the knobs are marked “Low,” “Mid,” and “High,” respectively. The fourth on-off knob is marked “2C3D” (Two- Channel, Three-Dimensional). Rather than interpret the idea of “articulation” in cables, I’ve included an interview with Bruce Brisson so that you get the story straight from the horse’s mouth. “

Munich High End 2016 - "Best Sound (Cost No Object)"

“At perhaps the best dealer showroom I’ve ever visited, MySound, the Wilson Alexx was paired with Pass Labs electronics, a Sound Devices 744T recorder into a Meitner DAC, and MIT cables and interconnects, including MIT’s new ACC 268 articulation consoles. On a wonderful recording by Peter McGrath of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata, the piano sounded very natural and realistic, with concussive impact, great focus, and beautiful timbre. This demonstration in an optimized room showed how good this speaker can be.” Jonathan Valin

Munich High End 2016 - "Most Significant Product Introduction"

“MIT’s Articulation Consoles bring one closer to the sound of a live performance.” Jonathan Valin

The moniker Note Perfect was chosen by Bruce Brisson to represent MIT product or products that meet or exceed his best expectations. Look for this symbol of excellence when working on systems that are intended to return performance without peer. ACC 268 and ACC 272BW are the cost no object, no holds barred, no detail not considered product of Bruce Brisson’s lifetime of engineering and design experience. This project culminates everything he has learned along the way of his 35 years leading our industry to the heights that were once unimaginable. The ACC 268 is his “manifesto” to the others who are seeking the highest ends of audio playback with the ultimate goal of transporting one’s self into the event, into the room and with the people who made some of the most beautiful sounds in the universe. Available in Single ended and Bi-Wire Configuration Sols as Pairs

ACC Design Considerations: working quietly for a lifetime

The stylish CNC milled solid billet aluminum enclosure used for the ACC 268 is the largest MIT has ever produced. This is justified both by the size of the internal parts as well as “proximity sensitivities” that must be considered as the parts are located.
Articulation Control Consoles include several new anti-resonance schemes, including internal surface alignments and new methods of isolation.

The internal parts of each ACC interface are primarily handmade and require about 200 hours of labor to complete. Each component is meticulously matched, piece by piece. Every part is positioned and hand soldered in place. The complexity and number of networks involved require more internal space and insulation from vibration. This is managed by mounting and isolating the network assemblies on an internal plinth, eliminating sympathetic resonances that can affect playback. The result is imaging of unprecedented clarity and dimension.

ACC Articulation Control Console Infosheets

ACC 268 Infosheet
ACC Control Console Series
ACC268 Infosheet
ACC 268

About the Oracle MA-X SHD Interconnects

Oracle MA-X SHD Interconnect
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"Superb" - Robert Harley
Editors' Choice 2017, 2018, 2019

Oracle MA-X SHD Interconnects - 2017, 2018 Editors' Choice Award - The Absolute Sound

“Like MIT’s Oracle speaker cable, the companion Oracle MA-X interconnect fully reveals the textural warmth, body, and saturation of tone colors one hears from live instruments.The soundstaging is equally impressive, delivering a huge and transparent rendering with precise placement of images. Small knobs on the termination boxes allow you to fine-tune the sound to your system. RH”

Oracle MA-X SHD Interconnects - 2017 Writers' Choice Award - Positive Feedback

“The ACC 268’s adjustability takes the form of four knobs on the console’s top panel. Three of the knobs are marked “Low,” “Mid,” and “High,” respectively. The fourth on-off knob is marked “2C3D” (Two- Channel, Three-Dimensional). Rather than interpret the idea of “articulation” in cables, I’ve included an interview with Bruce Brisson so that you get the story straight from the horse’s mouth. “

CES 2016 - "Best Sound" by Jonathan Valin

MIT’s Oracle suite of Interfaces and Interconnects including the Oracle HD 90, MA-X SHD Interconnects, and Power Conditioning by the Z-Powerbar and Oracle Z Power Cords used in two Constellation venues.

Best Sound – Jonathan Valin – The Absolute Sound
“…produced the most realistic sound at the show…”
“… Sound by Julie Mullins – The Absolute Sound
“…the ML/Constellation exhibit was, IMO, as close as any system came to the absolute sound…”

AXPONA 2017 - "Best of Show", "Best of Best", "Best Sound", "Best Sound and Clarity", "Five Most Significant..."

MIT’s Oracle suite of Interfaces and Interconnects including the Oracle HD 90 and SHD 120, Oracle Matrix 50 Interconnects, MA-X SHD Interconnects, and Power Conditioning by the Z-Powerba and Oracle Z Power Cords used in three venues: Tweak Audio, Magico, and Martin Logan.

Best of Show (for the money) – Jonathan Valin – The Absolute Sound
Best Sound by Julie Mullins – The Absolute Sound
Five Most Significant Debuts by Julie Mullins – The Absolute Sound
Best Sound and Clarity by Steven Rochlin – Enjot the Music
The Best of the Best by Maurice Jeffries – Positive Feedback

MIT Technologies

Engineers at MIT Cables understand that every piece of music is formed on a foundation built from the percussion and bass instruments. Our new SHD interconnect works to control and properly interface the lowest of the bass regions. The SHD interconnect allows your system to articulate down to 10hz, well below the lowest note of a typical recording. This lowest region of the audio spectrum is an area not previously addressed in terms of articulation contrast.

The SHD also controls the delicate ambient reflections from surrounding ceilings, walls, and stage floors in the recording venue, SHD technology can deliver the most natural, enthralling listening experience ever thought possible.

SHD 110 Multipole
  • 110 Poles of Articulation
  • Low frequency articulation on/off for tuning flexibility
  • A.A.R.M. (Adjustable Articulation Response Module)
  • Impedance Matching–Switchable up to 3 meters. Please specify Low (5-50 kΩ), Mid (40-100 kΩ) or High (90 kΩ & Up) Impedance for lengths over 4 meters.
  • Patented V-Configuration for strain relief. (Can be special ordered in a straight through Configuration)
Also Available in Balanced (XLR) Configuration. Sold in Pairs.

A.A.R.M. The Adjustable Articulation Response Module

The Oracle MA-X articulation selector allows the listener to “fine tune” this interface for optimal balance between transients, detail, imaging and musicality. All with the simple rotation of the MIT patent-pending Articulation Selector integrated into every Oracle MA-X interconnect.
The illustration below is an artist’s rendering of the Oracle MA-X articulation response for each setting of the Articulation Selector switch. The base line is the 50% line. The plus values raise the articulation above the 50% line, which will enhance system transients, detail, imaging and musicality. The negative values below the 50% line will tend to have the opposite effects on a system. It is purely subjective when deciding where the selector switch should be set—experiment a bit and set the selector switch where you feel your system performance is best, and enjoy the music!
AARM Articulation Chart

Oracle MA-X SHD Infosheet

Oracle MA-X SHD Infosheet
Oracle MA-X Infosheet