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6moons introduces the LessLoss Blackbody

November, 2008, author: Srajan Ebaen
In a short article on high frequency interactivity, the LessLoss Blackbody was introduced to the public by Srajan Ebaen of 6moons.

"It [the Blackbody] too uses the window of audible effects to demonstrate the interactivity of wave exposure. Inventor Louis Motek chronicles a number of unusual experiments which led to the development of the Blackbody."
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6moons review of the Blackbody (Part I)

March, 2010, author: Marja & Henk
"One or more Blackbodies strategically placed around our audio equipment alter the sound and help bring out more of the encoded ambient information into the playback venue. The Blackbody does not add anything to the sound or system. It effectively removes something that's intrinsically connected to electronic sound reproduction (the cleaned-up TV image is a nice bonus)."

"Having at least one Blackbody placed at the right spot makes a big difference in how we experience the music. The added spatial information—or better, finally revealed data purged from the former EM clutter—pulls the listener much deeper into the music. Bliss is in the details so to speak."

"After swapping of footers and repositioning of the Blackbodies on the PWD and the one behind the CD transport, we came to the only plausible conclusion. Electromagnetic fields can and will interfere with mechanical resonances. When a part of the enveloping EM field induced by either the equipment itself and/or other gear in proximity is eliminated, resonances earlier defeated by resonance controllers or tuning devices are neutralized as well."

"What happened was not minor. With three Blackbodies at work, the speakers fully detached from the music. With the fourth Blackbody, the room extended well behind the speakers. Though we think soundstaging is not the most important feature of a home system compared to imaging, when it is present and this realistic, it's a thing of beauty. We again used the computer building block as placebo and again had to conclude that it wasn't the weight or proximity of an object that was accountable for the perceived change in sound. "
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An introduction to the Blackbody is given by Srajan Ebaen of 6moons.com

March, 2010, author: Srajan Ebaen
"It proposes to address electro smog effects in a way that's never been attempted before."

"Electro smog? I won't do your homework for you. If you don't believe in the existence of electro smog [...] neither must you fret over [...] how a computer's Wifi module in your hifi might negatively impact other components. Why your system's performance keeps fluctuating despite no apparent changes. Why things in proximity to your gear impact it beyond acoustic reflection or absorption effects. And so forth. I applaud anyone investigative enough to pursue these matters in the hopes of coming up with something that makes a dent."

"Having spent a dinner with Louis Motek, Dan Wright and Jacob George during a Munich hifi show, I'd witnessed Louis recount anecdotes of his many unusual audio experiments. I was impressed by his obvious enthusiasm for the subject and his willingness to spend a lot of time chasing the devil that's in the details."
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6moons Blackbody review (Part II)

April, 2010, author: Srajan Ebaen
"The type of change these devices accrued is very audible in transient peaks particularly on percussive noises whose startle factor—the degree by which they shoot out of the surrounding sound carpet and trick you into small adrenaline rushes—gets very pronounced."

"The soundstage is sorted better and transient acuity is higher. Subliminal blur gets steadied, fuzziness wiped away."

"Besides being able to hear more deeply into tone modulations, I enjoyed a greater penetration into the far reaches of the soundstage. Greater clarity farther back."

"Relatedly, the overall sense of purity enhanced. This I related to a lowering of inner noise."

"Unlike certain powerline devices which can inject negative silence by overdamping, this type of silence—less etheric activity is perhaps more accurate— felt perfectly benign and easy. It neither choked nor conveyed an absence as some noise killer devices can."
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Stereo Times review of the LessLoss Blackbody

July, 2010, author: Russell Lichter
"...when I look for a snappy description of the changes I heard when the Blackbodies were put in place, I'm apt to say something like, It's as if I have a new pair of loudspeakers."

"I continually find myself stopping in my tracks, noticing nuances and details and ambiance I don't recall, basking in a sense of presence and spaciousness that is delightful and surprising. There is a crystalline clarity about the highs, and bass feels more accurate and substantial. Listening is relaxed and easy, never fatiguing, and very satisfying. Clarity, clarity, clarity. Transient attacks to die for."

"Listen to the hammers strike the piano strings, felt covered wood hammers hitting metal strings, clear as a bell. Listen to the tactility ofrosin-covered horse hair drawing across the 'cello strings. Listen to the rich, clear layering of overtones in a singer's voice. It's enough to give one goose bumps at times."

"As a reviewer I spend time listening to equipment, but when equipment does its job this well, it transcends itself, it becomes a clear vessel for the music, a doorway to the heart and soul of the composer and performer. I have always considered the real purpose of all art to be delight, and I think never before has this stereo so fulfilled that purpose."
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Dagogo Reviews the LessLoss Blackbody

August, 2010, author: Ed Momkus
"Soundstage depth improved and performers became more palpable, creating a greater sense of realism. A very natural sense of weight and body appeared where none previously existed."

"After a lot of listening and thought, there are three things that the Blackbody does. First, it adds a significant amount of spatial cues. Second, it somehow allows you to clearly hear every instrument in detail without sounding analytical and ruining the "wholeness" of the overall performance or changing the balance of the musical presentation. Third, it adds a natural sense of body and weight to instruments without affecting pace or timing. These things may not sound like much, but once I dialed in the best positioning of the Blackbodies the effect was quite pronounced, and repeatedly confirmed by several different listeners in my main listening room."

"I heard: (a) more nuance from the instruments, (b) more clarification of the performance venue, and (c) clearer performer placement on the soundstage."

"I will tell you right now that LessLoss's claims about the audible effects of the Blackbody are absolutely true."
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6moons second review of LessLoss Blackbody

November, 2010, author: Marja & Henk
"In hindsight it is quite shocking to fully appreciate how most if not all of our audio gear can be enhanced by addressing (minimizing or eliminating) its EMI radiation."
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Stereotimes on the LessLoss Blackbody

November, 2010, author: Clement Perry
"The results are a surprisingly lower noise floor. Increased resolution and three-dimensionality while overtones appear more authentic and natural."

"Highly recommended."
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Stereo Times grants 2010 Publisher's Choice Award

January, 2011, author: Clement Perry
The LessLoss Blackbody is granted the 2010 Most Wanted Component Award from Stereo Times (Russell Lichter, Clement Perry, Moreno Mitchell).
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Stereo Times publishes three-reviewer investigation on the Blackbody

March, 2012, author: Clement Perry, Dan Secula, Mitch Moreno
After an entire year of investigation in various systems, three independent reviewers at Stereo Times publish their long-term findings in a three-part review titled "Life with the LessLoss Blackbodys."

"Via the Blackbodys, the music just came through with a new sense of harmonic wholesomeness I had not experienced from any other tweak."

"I sat in amazement for hours listening into the wee hours of the morning."

"The music was at once purer: totally devoid of grain or strain."

"I noticed Kaplan expected to hear something positive. What he didn't expect was anything this powerful and resoundingly obvious. The look on his face within seconds of playing a familiar track was all I needed to know about the Blackbodys' effectiveness here in this highly tweaked setup. "...what the f*%@ is going on?"

"Bass sounded quicker and lower than it had any right to be via this old pair of Apogees."

"The music took on greater contrast and appeared more lively."

"The Blackbodys impart purer tones and harmonics: qualities the single-ended lovers and vinyl enthusiasts claim their wares are most prolific at, while hitherto was near impossible to yield from solid-state and digital devices."

"You do not have to own the best of everything in order to achieve state of the art performance. The LessLoss Blackbodys are a testimony to that. Though not cheap they do as advertised and have taken my listening pleasure to a level I could not have believed prior to their installation."

"Once you get a grasp of its power, it will challenge everything you thought you previously knew regarding noises and other contaminations in and around components."

"I'm now convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that capturing the ultimate sound may be in our grasp by virtue of tweaks and not that shiny new $80k amplifier or loudspeaker."
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