Originally Posted by Welly Wu
I am expanding this thread to go beyond the top 10 mistakes that I have made in this hobby. It is now infinity plus one.
11. "Burn in." There is no credible scientific evidence that burn in exists within both the scientific and academic communities. There is no credible scientific analysis and evidence that exists to show through objective and balanced scientific measurements to prove that burn in exists with any and all electronic components whatsoever. However, the human mind and ego are susceptible. Audio manufacturers, including BPT, Cardas, Ray Samuels Audio, Wadia, and Ayre Acoustics, tell their consumers to allow for a specificed number of hours of burn in for their products to perform at their maximum levels. In turn, audio dealers remind their customers of that. It is all hogwash. They simply do not want you to request a refund or exchange for your purchase because doing so will hurt their bottom line and it is a major inconvenience for them to grant your request. After all, they have other people to scam. Burn in is perpetuated on this forum and it must stop. Not simply because I find it to be annoying, but the truth of the matter is that when you create a new thread about a new product, nine out of ten chances are that you have bought a product without an audition. C'mon, be honest. I have done it and so too have you my dear reader. You are simply writing about your honeymoon phase with the new toy because you don't know it well because you did not get to hear it in your reference system beforehand. So, tell the truth by telling us your feelings and opinions, but don't use the words burn in because you and I know there is no concrete scientific proof that it exists. But, your feelings and opinions are real and they are valid (to a certain degree; after all, my opinion about my equipment constitutes the final word since no one else has ever heard it).
Welly Wu better be wearing an asbestos suit. LOL!
Huh, lousy return policies. That's why I have a Sony CDP-CE375 player that I used for only a month. It serves the purpose of collecting dust. Buying that paperweight was certainly a mistake.
Top mistake in this hobby? Pairing up low impedance Philips SBC HP-800 cans with the Rega Ear headamp and listening to a Vanessa Mae CD with the volume pot at 9 o'clock. Five minutes of it gave me twice the tinnitus I should otherwise have, and many months of painful otalgia.