With such a leading question, the prosecution would ask for even more witnesses. To wit then, German Physiks HRS-120…

With Oppo BDR-105, $2'495 Wyred4Sound STP-SE Stage II and $1'695  Goldmund/Job 

… and Audio Physic Codex. In the latter's most elite context—super-cap'd USB reclocker, discrete R2R DAC with 32 x upsampling of 44.1kHz ⇒ 1.4112MHz, Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature line stage with premium Elrog ER50 direct-heated triodes, 1MHz LinnenberG Liszt monos with Allnic Audio cabling—I thought the LessLoss contribution to be the least spectacular. The prior status quo was very elevated already. Polishing it up wasn't as significant a makeover as the other systems had been.

At this juncture, an email arrived. It was Dawid Grzyb, our correspondent from Warsaw. "Just got in a pair of Firewall for Loudspeakers. Geez!" Getting the hint, I said that they were astonishing indeed. Actually, I said they were mind benders and voodoo ballistics. "I'm so glad I'm not alone in this. For a second I thought I was delusional. Good." His own review describes certainty found.

Been-there done-that types will feel rattled in particular. They know how tweaks make differences whose magnitudes are invariably petite in the grand scheme. They play to the one-percenters or even more rarefied sorts. Fifolo doesn't. How had Louis Motek himself put it going in? "Results are comparable to if not better than upgrading your speaker's tweeter, its capacitors or internal wiring." I've not done any of it. There I can't sign off. What I have heard, extensively, is avoidance of coupling caps. Be it filter-less widebanders, DC-coupled amplifiers or our Vinnie Rossi direct-coupled DHT preamp vs. Allnic's capacitor-coupled equivalent, the best capacitor is no capacitor. By comparison, signal-path capacitors slow down, dull down, get hazier, less distinct and dilute energy and vitality. In those terms, the LessLoss cable ends overlapped considerably.

The verdict. Resonance control makes a difference. It's why our big system runs Artesanía racks and amp stands. But in our secondaries systems, it's standard household furniture. Not every room can look like a hifi dealership. Power delivery makes a difference. It can stay invisible behind a system so figures throughout our house. Superior components make a difference. Big and expensive simply are reserved for the main room. Being invisible again—or no more visible than ordinary speaker cables—makes the Firewall for Loudspeakers an ideal candidate for more décor-conscious size-constrained installations. Its benefits are on par with or eclipse good power conditioning yet aren't at all negated by it. They add themselves atop their kind.

Thinking on a suitable award caption, it struck me. The ideal go-faster car modification would be a genuine bolt-on. It'd require no visit to a garage or automotive tweak shop. Car owners could do it for themselves. The before/after improvements would sell themselves. Any car would benefit. That's exactly what today's invention is for loudspeakers. It defies a number of beliefs. Chief among them is that two additional connectors plus 'redundant' extra copper in the signal path couldn't possibly be good (redundant because the speaker works just fine without it). If you insist on a peer-reviewed analysis in a scientific journal to explain how today's device works, you'll have to wait. Indefinitely. If you're simply after better sound, you can partake. Today. Guaranteeing that you've never heard anything like it is easy. There hasn't been anything like it. Until now.

Personally I shall file this away under "weird and wicked but wery wery wonderful"…

Louis Motek responds: "On behalf of all of us at LessLoss, thank you kindly for the review and award! With keys in hand, finally(!), to this elusive technology which we've been relentlessly chasing for 20 years now, our next step will be to integrate it with our C-MARC cables. First we'll address our power cables, then speaker cable and eventually the interconnects. These new cables we will call Entropic Process C-MARC™. They will have the counter-intuitive traits you mention in your review, namely the strange way that adding additional connectors and wire can actually lead to better not compromised sound."