Blackbody v.2

A six chapter conjecture on the mental struggle of striving for the best noise floor

  1. Do I need it?
  2. Beginnings: some pre-history about earliest experimentation
  3. Ok, too much for me, I'm out!
  4. New Blackbody concept!
  5. Solar Wind
  6. Summary of the theory

Summary of the theory


Here is a succinct video which summarizes the thoughts above. It shows how ongoing exploration has provided data on the Sun's Heliosphere, the Earth's magnetosphere, various forms of Sun radiation, including flares and the ionic solar wind. How this activity leads to the often occuring Aurora near the poles of the Earth, as well as provides an overview of other solar objects which pass by us from time to time.







What all this means for audio quality


Given all of this, it really does not require any mental leap to see the clear connections to our high performance audio systems. On a bad listening day, we can be consoled that we, through our audiophile art, are sensitive to and can appreciate first hand the echoes of faraway events of the Sun's tremendous power. These bad listening days, according to this theory, are in fact induced remnants of the Sun's ongoing fierce battle of the forces between its large scale gravity and magnetism in constant flux, resulting in flares and Coronal Mass Ejections of unimaginable scale.

When we set up a Blackbody, tune it to the parallel of our closest pole's axis, and ground it, we do our small part to tame the subtly disturbing effects of the Sun's activity locally, in order that the music be liberated from unwanted noise coming in from the cosmos. In fact it is more likely that the direct influence of gentler daily, non-destructive cosmic weather on our local circuitry is more influential to sonic quality than that induced by vast stretches of the city's power supply wiring. Knowledge about the natural attenuation of high frequencies over a distance of any wire supports this train of thought. It's the same well established “last meter is most influential” argument, just transposed to include the immediate local atmosphere.

Seen in this way, the Blackbody can be considered a type of highly specialized umbrella to protect our sensitive circuitry from the continuously varying subtle cosmic shower of particles and rays.

[Bonus speculation:] Here we come to the horizon of our train of thought, beyond which we step into the realm of speculation and wonder. Think of this: the Heisenberg uncertainty principle dictates that when we know a particle is fast, we can't know exactly where it is. Delocalization might be playing some role in the mysterious functionality of the Blackbody. What's clear through experimentation is that the Blackbody's effectiveness spans multiple times its relatively small diameter, even though the general placement angle stipulation holds in every case. Furthermore, it remains unclear what role more fundamental particles such as quarks, leptons, bosons, and other hypothesized particles play in all of this. What's clear is that there remains much to discover and much sonic integrity to achieve!

One customer's feedback

A customer with related experience wrote back to us the following:

I think there is some merit to your working theory. It explains why sometimes the system sounds like crap (even late at night) with nothing on in the house. Sure clean AC is part of this, but why then can the system sound great at 5:00 pm when it should sound its worse....

A little story about my personal experience below:

I work in the tech industry for a large software company. About ten years ago, my job was leading the north american support escalation team... Well we had a customer who had a massive data-center outage, and nobody could figure out what happened or why. During one of our conference calls with the hardware vendor, the customer, and the CPU manufacturer (not going to name names, but you can probably guess who), one of the lead CPU architects was on the call mentioned that they believed the causation of the software crash, with resulting outage was due to an increase in solar flares.... They believed this based on how the random the CPU was behaving at the time the server software crashed. At the time, we sort of laughed it off. Interestingly, the server-hardware manufacturer agreed with the theory, and added evidence based on other customers who during the same period of time had experienced similar random outages.

Later on, in discussions with the CPU architect, I learned that many of their critical data-centers are buried deep into the earth or mountain sides to mitigate the effects of solar flares on sensitive servers. So this is absolutely real! I think you may be onto something in terms of the effects of solar flares on the perceived quality of our hifi!


See also:





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIGEGURrNU4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S25iBa7Ppv4


Go to the main Blackbody start page.
  1. Do I need it?
  2. Beginnings: some pre-history about earliest experimentation
  3. Ok, too much for me, I'm out!
  4. New Blackbody concept!
  5. Solar Wind
  6. Summary of the theory