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Burning in?

post #1 of 265
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So, i'll receive my hd 280s in a few days, but before that i have some questions about burning in.


First off, does the first 50 hours of "burning in" period have a permanent effect on them? Like, if i don't do it properly will i regret it?

Next up, how to burn (method etc)? I assume you need clean sources, but is there a general way to go about this? Songs recommended, etc? Or is there even special cds, or mp3s that people use. Should i burn for music i like, or things that will make everything good in general (i'm a classical music/techno(trance etc)/drum&bass/jazz/talk radio guy.)

OK, that's all for now, hope to hear from you soon.
post #2 of 265
search threads for "burn" and i guarantee you will find atleast 10 threads to answer this question
post #3 of 265
I just purchased some sennheisser HD280s, and burned them in, you might want to read this thread:

http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/showt...threadid=31736
post #4 of 265
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Originally posted by chkelly
search threads for "burn" and i guarantee you will find atleast 10 threads to answer this question
Yes, some of us deny the phenomenon exists except trivially.
post #5 of 265
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Originally posted by Mike Scarpitti
Yes, some of us deny the phenomenon exists except trivially.
What the hell does that have to do with the questions at hand let alone what you quoted. Do you go around trolling threads just to start arguments or is it just the crack again?

As for your questions SageOHaze, there is no real right or wrong way except you don't want to blast them so loud that you fry the drivers. I personally just listen to music and maybe leave it play over night with something bass heavy. In this manner I found it took a fairly long time, like 100 hrs or more, before my 280's really settled in.

Burning in is generally permanent except in a few cases where it seems if the product is left to sit for a long period the process needs to be repeated. I've never run up against this myself but have heard of it.
post #6 of 265
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Originally posted by elnero
What the hell does that have to do with the questions at hand let alone what you quoted.

Purple energy plates.

Alien abductions.

Mind reading.

Burning-in headphones.

Get the message?
post #7 of 265
what about a smaller headphone like the px200 i'm gonna get? how much time should i burn in for that?
post #8 of 265
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Originally posted by terrymx
what about a smaller headphone like the px200 i'm gonna get? how much time should i burn in for that?
Till you feel pain and then numbness.
post #9 of 265
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Originally posted by terrymx
what about a smaller headphone like the px200 i'm gonna get? how much time should i burn in for that?
I would say it took about 25 hours before my PX200s filled out. They sounded thin and harsh when I first got them. Now the bass is quite deep.

Mike, do you mean to say there is no such thing as a purple energy plate? And what is this probe doing up my *****?
post #10 of 265
I myself believe that burn-in does occur, to some degree. Probably 50% actual improvement, and 50% pyschological. As for tweaks like putting lead shot on a CDP, well... if it makes you happy, alrighty then...
I burned mine in by playing music through them for about 48 hours, stopping every 6 hours or so change CD's. Would have gone longer, but mom complained about the noise leaking. By now I probably have well over 100 hours. Some claim after 200 hours they improve again. We shall see. As for the type of music, I used hard rock, rap/rock, alternative, symphony, and various other rock bands.
Ah yes, and Mike Scarpitti... I was once abducted by aliens, and they showed me their energy plates. They use bright, flourescant blue ones. They claim a 36.92% improvement over purple.

(-:Stephonovich:-)
post #11 of 265
How long do Koss KSC 35's have to burn in? And...the burn in process can be done 4 a while, stopped and then resumed?
post #12 of 265
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Originally posted by temp
How long do Koss KSC 35's have to burn in? And...the burn in process can be done 4 a while, stopped and then resumed?
To answer all simple burn-in questions here.. burn-in is gradual, and there is no "wrong" way to do it. Also, burn-in is irreversible, but also you can't avoid it; whether or not you're burning-in overnight constantly or listening to it 1 hour a day at moderate volumes - you're burning your headphones in still.

I have heard the difference with speakers and both pairs of headphones that I have "burned-in" - Sennheiser HD580's and Sony D66 Eggos. It is very slight, but it's there. It's probably more associated with the user "getting accustomed" to the sound of the headphones than the headphones changing their dynamics significantly.
post #13 of 265
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Originally posted by NewSc2
To answer all simple burn-in questions here.. burn-in is gradual, and there is no "wrong" way to do it.

The pain is for about 5 hours, numbness takes over at about 10 hours.
post #14 of 265
It's really suprising that a person with 600+ posts is being such a closed-minded troll. Everyone up here has strange ideas about what sounds good. And we won't even get into Analog vs. Digital. It's all in the name of Hi-Fi. If I think that putting my PDCP in an anti-gravity tank will make it sound significantly better due to it floating, that's my opinion

(-:Stephonovich:-)
post #15 of 265
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Originally posted by terrymx
what about a smaller headphone like the px200 i'm gonna get? how much time should i burn in for that?
I don't think there's a difference dependent on the size of a headphone. (Why should it be? There's no principal difference between speakers and headphones, too.) Unfortunately I didn't measure the burn-in time of my PX 200. It consisted of one night with heavy bass notes and several dozen hours of just playing music. The bass has made the greatest development, for the most part after the first night: deeper, fuller, cleaner and tighter than in the beginning; the mids and to a lesser degree the highs have slightly, but significantly smoothed out.

Burn-in is also a psychical process. I rate the quotients as 60% physical and 40% psychical – this applies just to myself, of course.

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