By David Ponce
We think that there’s a point of diminishing returns when it comes to audio equipment. There’s a good difference between a $30 set of PC speakers and a $1,000 system. But the difference between that $1,000 system and say, one that costs $20,000 is that you’ll be $19,000 poorer and immeasurably stupider for it. Of course, audiophiles will disagree and find all manners of reasons to justify the expense; we won’t get into an argument here. Suffice it to say we were not impressed with the Blackbody, an Ambient Field Conditioner. It’s a box that doesn’t make any sounds. It doesn’t even amplify. Really, all it claims to do is sit there and somehow “enhance audio playback quality by modifying the interaction of your gear’s circuitry with the ambient electromagnetic field. The Blackbody eliminates sonic smearing of high frequencies and lowers the noise floor, thus clarifying the stereo image.” It’s $1,323. For an audio accessory.