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LessLoss Blackbody Is $1000 Of Voodoo Magic For Your Stereo

LessLoss Blackbody Is $1000 Of Voodoo Magic For Your Stereo


By Evan Ackerman

This cube from high end audio manufacturer LessLoss claims that it will make your audio gear sound better. How? It’s so simple, I’ll just have them explain it:

The Blackbody is a high-tech audio accessory which greatly enhances your audio playback experience by addressing the interaction of your audio gear’s circuitry with ambient electromagnetic phenomena and modifying this interplay. The Blackbody takes advantage of the quantum nature of particle interaction, and is therefore able to permeate metal, plastic, wood, and other barriers to affect the circuitry inside your components. This altered electromagnetic influence results in profoundly improved sound quality.

Got it? No? Well, let’s dumb it down a little bit for ya:

Quantum electrodynamics has established that photons in enormous numbers and at very low energy levels interacting with electrons account for what are called electromagnetic fields. Photons (regardless of wavelength) interacting with electrons likewise affect the electromagnetic fields in our gear, having a direct influence on signal quality. It is in this interaction that the LessLoss Blackbody functions.

Still don’t get it? Geez, what’s wrong with you… We’ll have LessLoss give this one more try, after the jump.

So how does the Blackbody work?

The LessLoss Blackbody acts upon the electromagnetic radiation, specifically the “fingerprint” of the statistical photon emission produced by audio equipment. It converts this photon radiation into a harmless photon gas without spectral content. No spectral content means no fingerprint, no coloration: there is nothing left with which the emission source can intermodulate.

When the local environment contains no original spectral re-emittance, the gear can work without ambient electromagnetic spectral reflection. In other words, the reflection no longer resembles the original, and does not parasitically intermodulate it. By spreading the photonic energy over an infinite bandwidth, converting this spectral-specific photonic energy into blackbody radiation, we thus achieve the conditions in which we stop the reflection of the ambient particles.

The gear is, if you don’t mind the expression, “tricked into believing” that there is nothing there, not even molecules of air.

That’s great for my gear, but just what, exactly, is IN this thousand dollar box? Nobody seems to know. LessLoss does helpfully point out that the Blackbody “is marginally smaller in weight and size than two bars of gold.” It is also marginally less expensive at $959, but if you’re used to having accessories described to you in terms of how many bars of gold they resemble, you won’t care in the least. Oh, and LessLoss says that for best results, you really should buy three.

[ LessLoss Blackbody ] VIA [ Engadget ]

  • alexcue

    Audiophiles and their money are easily parted…it's ridiculous what they will spend to wring every last drop out of their sound!

  • Jessicat

    For that cost, I'll continue to not know what's going on.

  • tommyhj

    Lol, people buying this wouldn't budge even if the name of the product was “SCAM” in big, red letters. The exact same thing has been going on in the wellness industry for centuries (eat calcium to prevent fractures, this crystal will make ou feel better, acupuncture will help your astma, blablablaah). Small wonder that the extremely successful business concept spills over to other industries where subjective assessment is used to judge the quality of a product. Come to think of it, the reflective “crystal clear” LCD screens that started to pop up a few years back is the same thing. People don't realize that it degrades picture quality in almost all viewing conditions and just buys into the whole “it's this new thing that's supposed to make it better”-thing… baah!

  • Nikkita Croix

    This thing has got to be the real deal, just look at all of the fancy ways they describe how it works. It stops photons, blackbody photons. Don't put this thing anywhere near your space heater though, it might cause a black hole and implode the entire Earth.

    If it could get rid of the electrical hum and whine of the electricity in all of these electronics, it would worth getting. Sadly, that is not what it claims, or is designed, to do.

  • mcman

    So in other words it doesn't do much of anything accept con suckers into buying it and then imagining improvement.

    Kind of like the difference between 720p and 1080p. People assume they can see an awesome improvement when the truth is they can't.

  • Kouroth

    “photon gas” WTF is that?

  • Kouroth

    “photon gas” WTF is that?