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Cryogenic Processing

Cryogenic Treatment
The Why and How we do it

Cryogenically Treated Cables

Why do we cryogenically
treat our cables?

The raw materials used in ANY equipment, whether it's cables or tubes, or razor blades - all contain a harsh degree of residual stress. The process used to make wire itself is very stressful and straining on it's core materials. Then add to it the stresses of manufacturing that wire into a cable, soldering and twisting, etc. A cryogenic treatment relieves these stresses, and allows your equipment to perform above and beyond untreated models of the same. Resistance ratings are lowered and capacitance is improved.

The audio benefits of cryogenically
treated cables

How does a cryo treated cable compare to an untreated model? Well, don't just take our word on this - feel free to search for yourself. There are many different accounts out there where a cryo treated cable performs better. The most common benefits attributed to cryogenically treatments are;
  • Much more in-depth, focused three dimensional soundstaging
  • Enhanced dynamic range
  • Upper range notes are cleaner, more precise with less distortion
  • Vocals are much more exact and clear
  • Improved bass speed and articulation

So, how does it work?
and some Important notes-

We have partnered with Charles Beresford of Cryogenics International (link) to provide our cryogenic processing.

Charles, also known as "Dr. Freeze", has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of ultra-cold temperature materials treatment. Charles explains the process as;
The material being processed is gently loaded into the system. The lid is then closed and the computer is programmed with the appropriate information. The temperature in the chamber is slowly and precisely lowered from ambient to -320°F. This can take anywhere from 8 to 14 hours, which is always far less than a degree per minute. For audio parts and components, our descend rate is around a half-degree per minute. This lengthens our process, requiring more LN2 for processing (and therefore more costly to perform), but we know from years of experience that it is well worth the time and expense. We allow the nitrogen to enter the chamber through a phase separator for safety, and very importantly, to purge the chamber of air and moisture. Within this inert nitrogen atmosphere, condensation will not accumulate. The soak phase of the process maintains -320°F for at least 24 hours, and usually more. This is important because all molecular motion slows dramatically at very cold temperatures. In order to assure complete transformation, one must maintain as cold a temperature as possible (the soak) for periods longer than 20 hours. Our system then warms the chamber to ambient temperature over a period of 12 to 24 hours, sometimes longer depending upon the load. This precise control and long time duration ensures that there will never be a large difference in temperature from the outside of a part to the core of the part. This is how it is possible to safely process items with very dissimilar materials and construction.

Other companies out there claim "cryo" treatments. However, we have found that Charles and Cryogenics International are simply the best at what they do. For example, many other companies' cryo treatments are actually a "flash" freeze process, which will actually degrade the performance of the materials. Charles Beresford, however, emphasizes the importance of the slow down, hold, and slow back up method. While this adds more time to our overall process, we strongly believe that you deserve the best.