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Two more useful BlackGround FAQs as we getcloser to release!

Dear esteemed clients,

Thank you for all the correspondence in the last few days pending release of the Early Bird discount offer for the pending launch of the BlackGround!

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Q: How else can you simply explain the core functionality of the BlackGround?

One can approach this by starting from the concept of how how lightning rods work. A lightning rod is a conductive extension of the ground potential up into the sky. At the top it is pointy, and this means that a small corona discharge occurs at this place. Why? There is a concept called atmospheric voltage. The further up you go from the surface of the earth, the higher the atmospheric voltage. It goes up at about 100V per meter. Once you get up to the Ionosphere, you are dealing with conductive plasma. When you extend the ground's voltage up to higher voltage surroundings, you get a large voltage potential (difference) at the tip of the lightning rod. When high voltage lightning discharge occurs, it seeks ground potential. Since ground potential is "piercing" the sky at the tip of the lightning rod, the lightning will naturally choose that path as the path of least resistance. You can watch this video:

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Now take mental snapshots of time during which the various voltages in a sound system fluctuate. This is like the ions in the air from the video. They are not at ground potential. They fluctuate in real time, whereas the atmospheric voltage is more or less static. In addition, there are sources of noise coming from the continuous cosmic ionic particle bombardment. Ideally we want this bombardment to find an electrical path which will not interfere with our various signals.

Enter BlackGround, our solution by which, when pairing real-time voltages in the sound system with the ground potential, we have in effect generated a continuous lower impedance path for the cosmic ionic particle 'rain' to follow. Any electrical discharge will always choose the lowest impedance path. It represents a lower impedance path because the BlackGround is always at the same voltage that the signals are at. In this sense we keep the resistance path between noisy atmospheric voltages and the ground at the lowest we can possibly muster. Thus, the noise from cosmic radiation chooses this path and is dealt with even before it interferes with the prized signals we want to protect from these interactions. In fact, because the path presented is in real time following the signal voltages, it can be said that the signals themselves now become the conductor for the foreign noise instead of succumbing to intermodulation by it.

The reason more and more BlackGrounds (and Blackbodies) are effective is that with every additional unit we are lowering and lowering this impedance path, so the results in terms of sonic purity are better and better as statistically less and less intermodulation occurs.

Q: Can you show how to easily connect RCA signals without gutting my gear?

You'll need two splitters for a stereo pair of signals and two special RCA cables which have an RCA plug on one end and two leads at the other both with ring terminals. Here's a quick sketch:

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You can further boost performance by using 8, 12, 16, etc. units (multiples of four for a stereo pair of signals).

LessLoss will offer a standard shortest length possible C-MARC™ hook-up wire with two ring terminals attached as a low-cost product especially suited for use with the BlackGround, keeping the BlackGrounds as close as possible to one another (with only about a 1-2mm space between them). These will be of 66mm length, eyelet center to eyelet center. We'll share more photos and the special low pricing soon!

Keep in touch! Use this time wisely to become acquainted with all the ways you can benefit from the BlackGround at launch (just a few days), at great discounts! Ramped up free unit pricing to be announced in the immediate days to come!


Louis Motek |