In order to completely convey and be true to the essence of the original recording and source, the all important cables connecting each component to the next within a given system must ultimately transfer signal WITHOUT filtering, adjusting, or losing information, and WITHOUT adding distortions or noise, all in consideration of the highly variable reactive nature of and between components within their respective environments, with respect to the system as a whole. A daunting design task if the ultimate goal is to closely reproduce the original event with such clarity as to invoke a positive emotional response, linking the objective to the subjective.
As with any excellent design, a progressive, forward-thinking process by one or more who can envision as many possible scenarios and compensate for them in advance is an absolute must to ensure product longevity, maximizing return on investment for all involved. Years in the making, building upon many years of trial and error experimentation combined with extensive listening experience and feedback, leading to a complete understanding of the reactive elements in cable design, and with successful implementation of unique and proprietary concepts with proven and consistently excellent results in differing cultures and environments throughout the world, JPS Labs introduces their latest and finest product line, The Aluminata Series, The World's Absolute Finest Cables TM.
Aluminata is the ultimate expression of what JPS has been preaching and implementing for many years, that nothing sounds anywhere near as good as that with a near perfect shield (and not just any shield). Their award winning Superconductor series of interconnects and speaker cables are real world proof, and over many years have continuously earned praise from emerging audiophiles to experienced reviewers alike.
A typical shield, while at times necessary, has many faults - First, they are usually very thin foil or braid and poor conductors at many frequencies, passing and transferring noise into the conductors beneath to ride with the original signal; Second, they are excellent long antennas for noise, both in receiving it from the air and in radiating it from your already contaminated wall outlet or from noisy components they are connected to into the rest of your system (examples of noise sources are home wiring, transmitters, microwaves, wireless devices, computers, electronics, and all digital player of media...). Third, shields ALL try to dump the noise they pick-up to the ground lead or chassis of the connected equipment, and in the case of an AC cord, also to the earth grounded third prong of your homes electrical ground, ultimately finding its way into other equipment through the other AC cords and cables, adding further contamination as they 'do their job'. This in part explains why a system may sound better with some grounds disconnected, though possibly a dangerous situation as this bypasses a component's electrical safety guards and prevents it from protecting itself in the case of a surge. To sum this mess up, evasive and invisible noise travels freely throughout your high-end system causing reduced system resolution and dramatic loss of performance.
To properly and completely reject noise in all forms without interfering or interacting with the original signal is one of the most difficult tasks at hand, particularly as more and more devices are added to our homes and studios each day containing miniature electronic noise sources which all add up one big problem, less than optimal audio and video reproduction. JPS Lab's President, Joe Skubinski, has over 25 years of real world experience in electrical and RF design engineering and complex system integration, allowing JPS Labs to be one of the most experienced and comprehensive companies in the audiophile community.
Enough bragging... What about this new cable technology...
The Aluminata series boasts the worlds first, patent pending, Particle Aluminum Shield TM (PAS)! Imagine a shield so thick that noise at any frequency or severity cannot possibly pass through it. A shield itself of 3 pounds/1.9 kg in overall weight at a two meter length, but yet as flexible as a snake! JPS takes an ultra-pure aluminum alloy, their specialty, and diamond cuts it into tiny particles sifted through a fine grating to assure consistency to create a shield providing true 100% coverage at all frequencies from the elusive and difficult to reject megahertz (MHz) range well into the gigahertz range (that's many of 1000's of MHz), more effective than ANY other shield. About 0.5 inches (12 mm) thick on the larger speaker and AC power cables (proportionately smaller on the interconnects), PAS is easily the most extensive cable shield ever implemented, and nothing less than you would come to expect from the long-term experts in noise rejection. Yet with all its vibration dampening, noise absorbing mass, this unique JPS shield is not reactive to any power traveling through the wires blanketed underneath. The oversized conductors within the speaker and AC power cables can carry in excess of 60 amps or 14,000 watts continuous, and over 250 amps or 48,000 watts instantaneously current, without audible power loss even with the largest of amplifiers, yet these JPS trademark Particle Aluminum Shield cables with their ultra-high noise immunity allow for the very subtle nuances contained in the lowest milliwatt (that's a few thousandths of a watt) power levels of the music to shine through. Within these very delicate low levels are where the real music resides, where the feel and human side show themselves, and where Aluminata shines like no other cable.
Ok, so we have the worlds FIRST and ONLY Particle Aluminum Shield, what's next...
The shear mass of the particle shield alone proves that JPS has all noise taken care of- Nothing gets through this cable's shield and into the conductors beneath- NOTHING... The Particle Shield on the larger AC and speaker cables is equivalent to a wire size 5/0 (that's five aught or 138 mm2), or a single wire 0.6 inches/13 mm in diameter, and itself can carry a few hundred amps of current no problem! Now that's a shield! The only thing left was to figure out what to do with all the noise it's capable of soaking up so it does not add to overall system noise like ALL other shielded cables...
JPS added an inherent RF sponge for noise absorption along its length, a unique combination of heavy shielding and noise absorption never before realized in the world! This 'perfect shield' not only isolates and contains the noise, but also absorbs it by converting it to another form, keeping it away from the equipment and preventing noise from traveling between components. Another unique trait built into these highly engineered and well thought-out JPS cables. Aluminata keeps your components clean, and allows them to perform to their highest individual potential without interacting with a connecting component! Like taking the best attributes of each of your component choices and allowing them to do what they do best, a perfectly clean interface from one point to the next.
So we have the finest JPS custom high purity conductors and insulations used to create the world's finest and largest cable, protected by the world's finest, first, and only absorptive Particle Aluminum Shield technology capable of dealing with the widest range of noise and in any severity. What's left? Just a bit more high level tweaking and craftsmanship using experienced imagination for that last few tenths of a percent...
Interconnects form the critical link between components and must flawlessly convey delicate low level signals while acting as perfect interfaces between various inputs and outputs designed without standards. Any deflection of the sound before it even gets to the amplifier and your ears and you may as well have purchased a cheap receiver instead of all those wonderfully refined high-end separates.
In order for interconnects to transfer low level signals without adding distortion or noise, they must not only be made with the finest conductor materials and dielectrics, but also be able to deal with ground loops not only at 50 and 60 Hz but all the way up into the many hundreds of megahertz (MHz) and beyond. This random additional noise causes contamination of the signal, adding harshness and masking low level detail. EMI (electromagnetic interference) from nearby AC wiring, dielectric absorption, capacitive loading, you name it, the interconnects are where it all goes wrong within a system.