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How can I burn-in amps?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Recently I got my first portable amp but didn't know how to burn-in it. Should I simply turn on power and leave it? Or, should I connect earphone and play something with a certain level of volume?
post #2 of 18
drain your batteries, let it rust, scrape some of it off and sprinkle on top of your new amp. then light a match and let it burn in for at least an hour or so...
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by panda View Post
drain your batteries, let it rust, scrape some of it off and sprinkle on top of your new amp. then light a match and let it burn in for at least an hour or so...

LOL...........

OP, burn in is a somewhat controversial subject.
Some think the brain "burns in" eg. grows accustomed to the sound sig of the amp . The brain becomes better at decoding the aural info etc.

I don't have much of an opinion on this either way.


I suggest you just listen and enjoy the amp. If you feel it improves over time then that is part of the fun.

If you have some headphones that need "breaking in" (moving parts do change and affect the sound) then run your amp into them.
The AKG701 needs a lot of breaking in to sound good.
post #4 of 18
Hook it up to a source and a pair of headphones, then turn it all on and play some music..
post #5 of 18
You can't burn in amp.
Your ears will just get used to it ad you will call it burn-in.

So burn it in with your headphones in and listen to your knew toys: ENJOY.
post #6 of 18
Never noticed amp burn-in, if your amp is mains supplied whats going to hurt leaving it on overnight for a few weeks.

If its portable, it is up to you. Put a load on it.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by bidoux View Post
You can't burn in amp.
That statement is certainly up for discussion..
post #8 of 18
Turn on some blue noise, no pink noise, no, wait, I think it might be green noise. At any rate, make some noise of some color. Plug something into the amp. Say the magic Head Fi incantation. Do this twelve times, rinse and repeat.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I understood that draining batteries was the point. And I'm going to make the amp toast and pray for it.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by tomjtx View Post
LOL...........

OP, burn in is a somewhat controversial subject.
Some think the brain "burns in" eg. grows accustomed to the sound sig of the amp . The brain becomes better at decoding the aural info etc.

I don't have much of an opinion on this either way.


I suggest you just listen and enjoy the amp. If you feel it improves over time then that is part of the fun.
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X2...Just listen and enjoy!!!!
post #11 of 18
Syu,
Listen and enjoy you amp and leave it on for a few hours a day and then you know its burned in and you enjoyed it.

Cheers,
Dave
(P.S. IME blackgates may be the selling point on amp burn in oO.)
post #12 of 18
Do you mean the minimum usage time it takes for your amp to sound their best from out of the box? I would ask the manufacturer for this, if it is possible. For example, RSA portable amps need a long burn-in time to sound their best, and RSA strongly suggest this. And if it is being compared to other amps, it is important that the amp usage has passed the minimum time for it to sound their best.

But us most suggested here, constant listening will eventually burn it in.

Happy listening!
post #13 of 18
Just listen to it. I've never had an amp (or any other component, for that matter) sound bad right out of the box.

Plug in your headphones and listen. What happens happens, but ignore the weird fetish of "burning in" gear for N hours before listening to it.

Just listen.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
Just listen to it. I've never had an amp (or any other component, for that matter) sound bad right out of the box.

Plug in your headphones and listen. What happens happens, but ignore the weird fetish of "burning in" gear for N hours before listening to it.

Just listen.
I absolutely agree...
post #15 of 18
As suggested by others normal usage will do the trick ,but here's another option . If you have a Burn-in CD like the Ayre or Purist Audio Design (which is what I use) you can rip it to the program you use to sync music to your portable player(in lossless of course) & then put it on your player. Hook your player & phones back up to the amp & let your set-up play unattended on repeat play for a number of cycles for a few hours at least. I've only had my Zen Head amp a few weeks now but it is continually sounding a little better each time I've spent time listening to music on it. To be honest if it didn't get any better than it sounds at the present that would be fine, but the improvements have'nt leveled off yet, so I'm a very happy camper ! Not listening to equipment before it's "Burned in" is silly & not something that all of us who burn in equipment do. You burn things in when you're not listening to help things along. If you do feel this to be "weird fetish" behavoir then by all means avoid it like the plague as someone may become aware of it,& you will no longer be socially acceptable. That might not be such a bad thing over here though, given some of the tid-bits of 'wisdom' I've seen offered on a pretty consistent basis. Well, anyway given my suggestion a try you might like the results.
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