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Anyone agrees a full Burn-in process takes 1000h+?

post #1 of 14
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Anyone agrees a full Burn-in process takes 1000h+?

I had a pair of se310 as well as a se530. They sound similar but the triple driver one sound richer and fuller.

i've had the se310 for 10 month before the se530 died, then i use se310 exclusively on my ipod. When i then got back to se530, i am thrilled to find out how smooth and full the se310 is, and how much better it presents the bass and mid than before. and my se310, at that moment, have burned-in for more than 1000 hours!

Is this real or what? Does it really take 1000 hours to get a complete burn-in to get the best out of your IEMs?
post #2 of 14
another one of those burn in question? somebody should ask mythbuster to test it.

imho, i think ur brain already adapted to se310 therefore se530 sound bad
post #3 of 14
If headphones are still changing after 1000 hours, it means they'll be changing over their entire life.
post #4 of 14
I'll say the only way to realistically ABX whether it takes 10 months to burn in your SE310 or not is to buy another SE310 and have a listen. A 10-months-old memory of sound only concludes what you thought you had heard at best, but not what you actually heard.
post #5 of 14
1000+ hours? Come on, seriously, this is getting ridiculous, I don't own a high-end headphone company like Shure but if I did, I wouldn't send my headphones out sounding anything other than the best they could. If the sound changed dramatically after a certain amount of burn-in, I think Shure would burn them in for you.

1000 hours is a really long time and these are consumer level products, albeit high end. I honestly think any change in sound quality or bass response or whatever it is you're hearing is largely psychological..
post #6 of 14
balanced armatures aren't affected by burn-in. and dynamic drivers settle long before 1000 hours.

this is kind of excessive.
post #7 of 14
Short answer ... no
post #8 of 14
No, FULL BURN-IN requires 1 million of hours.
post #9 of 14
I agree with Clieos; your aural memory isn't that long. I say give 'em 50 hours or so and then start enjoying the HPs! If you don't get enjoyment out of them, why bother?
post #10 of 14
Audible changes usually happen in the first 100hrs however as long as the diaphragm is moving technically any time spend burning in after 100hr mark can still affect sound but 1000 could significantly shorten the life of the headphone. That and I don't think anyone will have the time to compare two headphones one new and one with 1000hr burn time and if you do you are blessed with patience.
post #11 of 14
No. Armatures don't change much if at all from burn-in in my experience. Small dynamic drivers also settle relatively soon from the 30-100 hour mark (depending on the driver). Full sized phones don't really change much after around 200-300 hours (again, depending on the drivers).
post #12 of 14
'burn-in' never ends, until it transforms into 'burned-out'
post #13 of 14
As mentioned, armature drivers like yours don't change over time. You will find, however, a more significant change as your ears get accustomed to your tips. Concentrate your energy on finding the type of tip that best complements the architecture of your middle ear.

It's another thing with dynamic phones, but that's another debate.
post #14 of 14
'Full burn in' takes exactly as long as you think it will take.
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