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.