Page updated Sept 8, 2013.
Cryogenic treatment by Jena Technologies, yes this is a services we can provide. competitive pricing... for the real thing.
Our background in cryogenics:
Michael Crock (co-owner of Jena Technologies LLC) was employed at
Watkins and Johnson Co.
(WJ) in the 1970s, for about ten years. Working
in a classified environment, Michael was involved with military- and
spacecraft-related microwave electronics, antennas, and waveguide
devices. Using state-of-the-art techniques, technologies, and
fabrication, he worked on pioneering efforts in communications and
anti-communications (ECM3). WJ made deep-space amplifiers, antennas,
and other equipment used on many NASA missions. They also developed
legendary microwave and electron devices for the military, intelligence
community, and NASA. Michael was in the Special Products and Services
division of WJ, and worked hands-on as a primary fabrication expert and antenna anechoic range and chamber R&D for
hundreds of one-of-a-kind microwave antennas and electron devices that
operated in extreme environments.
I sit at a control console for anechoic chamber testing, long ago.
Pure liquid nitrogen immersion
technologies were used at Watkins and Johnson for special applications and the immersion
techniques used for exotic electron devices, UT coax, strip-line,
dielectric materials and wire were a pioneering effort. Michael
a part of that classified work as technician "on point" developing the
techniques... this is were the skills and knowledge of how were
Michael was also NASA-certified in hand-solder techniques for use in
the fabrication of zero-failure devices for space flight. He also
worked on the space shuttle antenna systems for five years while at WJ,
handling as part of the team R&D to final production and testing for the S-band, C-band, UHF-voice
command, Quads, and Hemi's for nine orbiters.
Additionally, Michael worked directly with very forward-thinking,
extremely gifted, and intelligent scientists and engineers for a
company located in New Mexico during the late 1980s, a company that was
directly involved with electron implantation into electro-optic
ceramics. The specifics of this project involved materials whose
properties and specifications remain classified. This project,
involving state-of-the-art physics, optics, and electronics, was ahead
of its time then, and still is.
is why other organizations do not do what we do... The equipment is
uniquely made by us to perform a set of technological tasks developed
by us. Proven and used for getting every bit of transmitted signal
energy were it needs to go....
What we do:
All Jena Labs wire products are deep-immersion cryogenically immersed
part of the standard production process. This treatment entails a cold
chilling process also referred to as "dry" cryo which is not exactly
cryogenics as we employ, however it is important in the pre cryogenic
treatment. (Something like -270° Fahrenheit... This is were other company's doing "cryo" stop. ) Once we get to temperatures in excess of minus 315 then at minus 320.4° Fahrenheit (-195.77° Celsius) immersion occurs culminating in the full immersion of the cables or other products in
liquid nitrogen, also known as LN2. The boiling point of LN2 is
-320.4° Fahrenheit (-195.77° Celsius), or about 400° F
below warm room temperature. I took these pictures at both the liquid
nitrogen main transfer tanks, where I am transferring LN2 to a portable
dewar, and inside our lab, where the immersion takes place after a
second transfer to the actual vapor circulation and full LN2 immersion tanks.
Above, transport dewar fill.
Below is something you won’t see very often vapor around -270° Fahrenheit... AND Below Right: This is the inside
of one of our immersion tanks. In the liquid state, as we use it, the LN2 is actually much colder than the vapor-to-liquid boiling point of LNē (-320.4° Fahrenheit.) Yes, that is liquid nitrogen, and you
can even make out some parts in it!
A long deep chill begins.
The non-immersed diagonal object in the picture is a wooden camera support above the very cold and real LNē... We really do it... always have.
- We use
what is called a “super-cooling” process that is between
-330° to about -345° Fahrenheit. Additionally, our LNē is a
validated, medical-grade liquid nitrogen, which is just another plus
for its purity.
What does that mean colder than vapor-to-liquid boiling point of LNē (vapor-to-liquid boiling point of LNē (-320.4° Fahrenheit.)... Despite claims from other "dry" Cryo houses that a temperature lower than -320.4° Fahrenheit
is not possible, we would like to point out that it is essential for the
simple reason that to be at that temperature *IS* the boiling point, of
course we are below that as we immerse into a liquid that is not "warm
enough" to be boiling. Common sense truth in the absolute sense, not magic.
Fact is we get our LNē when it is closer to -330° Fahrenheit. Below -345° Fahrenheit LNē is no longer a liquid it goes solid.
have read were others don't believe it... there is nothing to believe it
is just physics and we have done this kind of treatment for many years
Exposing metallic objects to this extreme cold causes beneficial
molecular changes to occur. As metallic objects cool, they shrink. With
the extreme cooling and the shrinkage that follows LNē immersion, the
crystal boundaries of metallic conductors align more closely with one
another and become more conductive and quieter. Mechanical integrity is
also improved. This improved molecular condition stays intact through
the slow warming process and is stable at room temperature.
When conducting an electric signal, treated wire and formed metallic
parts will produce less micro-diode-effect noise, less
impurity-inclusion field disturbance, and less “slow-field”
transverse energy generation. The result is a cable or electrical
device that is quieter in noise floor and more revealing of subtle
Working with LNē requires very specialized and expensive equipment, and
extreme care. It is very dangerous, as the cold is so severe that it
can result in serious injury from accidental exposure to the liquid.
The process of chilling and warming takes several days to complete and,
if done incorrectly, can result in the fracture and loss of the
materials being processed. In every phase of the treatment, extreme
care must be taken. We feel strongly enough about the musical merits of
the treatment, though, that we gladly make the investment in the
equipment, the time, and the safety procedures needed to make the
benefits available to our customers.
Beware of others Cryo-Claims
audio writers, equipment modifiers, and so-called technologists have
promoted refrigeration of cables and electronic parts by packing in dry
ice. This is NOT cryogenic treatment. Dry ice has nothing to do with
There are a few companies that provide a service employing gas-bath
refrigeration in a cold furnace cooled by LNē. If it is a circulation
process, these types of furnaces can reach down to about -180° to
-240° Fahrenheit, generally speaking. With enough extreme and
outrageously expensive effort (economically prohibitive for most
providers), vapor circulation can get down to about -280°
Fahrenheit. It does not matter what others claim: Getting vapor below
-260° Fahrenheit is exceptionally hard. Period. But even that
won’t provide a sufficient chill for our standards.
Scientifically speaking, cryogenics refers ONLY to temperatures at or
below the vapor point of nitrogen: -320.4° Fahrenheit. Our process
involves temperatures that are substantially colder than this.
Only true liquid nitrogen immersion, as employed by Jena Labs, will
fully and permanently enhance the musical behavior of metallic