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Cryogenics: the cold, hard facts

We cryogenically treat our cables. No surprise there, as Ed Meitner created the first commercially available cryogenically treated cables.

Nowadays cryogenic treatment is fairly commonplace. But back when Ed did his pioneering work in cryogenics, the subject was regarded with skepticism. To this day, few people understand its physics or benefits.

On IceOk, so why do we put our cables in the deep freeze?  Short answer is that they sound better afterwards-- more relaxed, more natural. 

How could that be? 

Let’s look at the way conductive materials are made. Most come from a heated liquid and are shocked, more or less, into a solid. Because of this, the lattice structure of the material is no longer in its natural state. This manufacturing process produces a certain degree of residual stress within the material.

Residual stress increases the Q of the resonances within the material. Q is simply a measure of the sharpness of the resonance. The higher the Q, the sharper the resonance.

When you treat a material at very low temperatures, you diminish the strength of its atomic bonds-- enabling it to revert to its natural crystal structure.  This relieves residual stress and decreases Q.  That is the key.  Low-Q resonances are less audible than high-Q resonances. It’s just that simple.

The goal of all this is to reduce the sound of the cable itself to residual levels.  Cryogenic treatment helps us to achieve that goal.

Our cable sounds like nothing, which is why nothing sounds like our cable

If you’ve read this far, you probably know more about audio cables than most cable manufacturers do. We could go on, of course.  About how we’ve constructed the cable to minimize the effects of airborne mechanical vibrations, for example.  Or about what went into the design of our connectors and the methods employed to connect them. But at this point, we think it’s more meaningful to talk about the result of our efforts.

So how do our cables sound? Uncolored without being colorless.  Detailed without being etched. Pure without being sterile. Instead of the collection of colorations you’ve become accustomed to with so many audiophile cables, EMM cables are most notable for their complete lack of coloration. Because of this, you hear every nuance, texture, timbre and detail that differentiates the real thing from the reproduced. 

What do you get when you use EMM Cables? You get closer to the original performance.  This isn’t the result of black magic.  It’s the product of sound science.  Isn’t it time you heard the difference?



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