So I just bought a pair of Creative Aurvana Live! headphones and I'm a bit new to sound so I have some questions: How long must I let them burn in before I can notice an increase in sound quality? and is there any specific genre I should be burning this kind of headphones with or should I use a wide range?
Related Forum Threads
- Are there any comfortable Over-ear Headphones under $150??? Last post on 1/19/13 at 3:02pm in Headphones (full-size)
- Searching for a closed all - rounder under $180 Last post on 6/17/12 at 6:05pm in Headphones (full-size)
- The tipical quest for 1st headphones recommendation Last post on 2/2/13 at 12:05am in Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors
- Help me choose which headphones to buy, entry level. Last post on 6/3/12 at 3:05pm in Headphones (full-size)
- Help in choosing Last post on 5/28/12 at 10:23pm in Headphones (full-size)
Last edited: 8/18/12
- Buying Guide Headphones By Price RangeLast edited: 10/26/12
- A Hopefully Helpful Headphone Buying Guide For Newbies By BoomanaLast edited: 1/6/13
Burn inpost #1 of 277/15/10 at 7:08pmThread Starter
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #2 of 277/15/10 at 7:25pm
To burn them in just play music (or pinknoise is what I use) at a little above listening level (make sure not to play them too loud or you can damage the drivers). I generally let them play throughout the day and unplug them at night though I haven't found a set formula. As for burn in it's not a universally accepted phenomenon. I believe in it somewhat but I feel that some combination of you getting used to the sound sig and the cans themselves changing though there is no agreement on it. Also no idea on how long. I would imagine you would notice the most differences early on but giving them 100-150 hours should allow them to settle if they do change.
Edited by NapalmK - 7/15/10 at 7:26pmpost #3 of 277/15/10 at 7:28pmThread Starterpost #4 of 277/15/10 at 8:22pmpost #5 of 277/15/10 at 8:28pmThread Starter
CK: the reason I posted here is so I wouldn't have to bother you with a PM, since you say you get so many PM's asking or your assistance. :P
I can see you are clearly determined to be self-defeating, so should I direct my future questions to you?
Thanks for help anyway :P.post #6 of 277/15/10 at 8:29pmDon't worry about it. Most of the "burn in" talk is local folklore and superstition. Just listen to your headphones and don't waste your time with the various methods. I've never bothered with anything I own and everything has sounded great from the first hour of listening.post #7 of 277/15/10 at 8:44pm
You can burn-in phones fine just by listening to them. The key is not pushing them too hard out of the box and potentially damaging the driver w/ clipping sources. I usually just play my SQ playlist at about 30% through the phones for a few hours then let them rest for an hour or two. Continue at 30%or move on to 60% depending on the delicacy of the phone the rest of the day and shut it down before bed. When I wake up the next day everything should have settled down a bit (annealing, hardening, etc.) and repeat the cycle at 60% or 80% depending. I start listening at the 60% stage and don't exceed 80% while breaking them in since thats where I might get clipping. After that I usually give them 1 day off and then treat em normal. That's just my method. It varies based on what I paid for the phones, lol.
The point is to just let a newly manufactured object settle into its functional state w/o damaging it. Sound Quality may or may not be a by product depending, you may like it better before or after or notice nothing. The headphone will appreciate it though.
Edited by Anaxilus - 7/15/10 at 8:45pmpost #8 of 277/15/10 at 9:00pmThread Starterpost #9 of 277/15/10 at 9:08pmQuote:Originally Posted by Uncle Erik
Don't worry about it. Most of the "burn in" talk is local folklore and superstition. Just listen to your headphones and don't waste your time with the various methods. I've never bothered with anything I own and everything has sounded great from the first hour of listening.
I will surprise everyone here who is familiar with my post and those of Uncle Erik, and sorta agree with him!
While I do believe in burn in, I would agree with Erik in that you should just listen to your headphones and not worry about it. If you hear a difference, then you'll be able to actually hear it yourself. If not, then you have the proof you, YOU need to show it doesn't exist.
So Just enjoy it and let the music flow.post #10 of 277/15/10 at 9:54pm
Yeah, break-in happens.
Sure you can pump pinknoise through them, but that's a waste of electricity and not much fun.
Like has been said, just listen to 'em. Not too loud. Enjoy the change.
shanepost #11 of 277/15/10 at 10:02pm
I don't believe in Santa, or Jesus, or Moses or Muhammad. I don't believe in the Easter Bunny or the Lottery. I don't even believe in the power of magic cables. But I do believe in burn-in. I can't explain it or defend it. I can't measure it or prove it. All I really know is that my headphones sound better after they've been used for a while.post #12 of 277/15/10 at 10:22pmQuote:Originally Posted by Bilavideo
I don't believe in Santa, or Jesus, or Moses or Muhammad. I don't believe in the Easter Bunny or the Lottery. I don't even believe in the power of magic cables. But I do believe in burn-in. I can't explain it or defend it. I can't measure it or prove it. All I really know is that my headphones sound better after they've been used for a while.
Let me know if you want measurements and a scientific explanation. I believe in the same things you do, we should start a political party!post #13 of 2710/12/10 at 5:22pmpost #14 of 2710/12/10 at 5:39pm
There's no consensus on whether burn-in is physical or merely psychological, though "psychological" deserves its share of respect. When you get a new pair of glasses, it can take time to adjust to the new prescription. That's not "psychological" so much as a processing issue with your brain. You can experience this if you A/B too many headphones in rapid succession. Your brain will actually get confused and everything will sound terrible.
On the other hand, many of us have noticed that our headphones sound better after a certain number of hours of usage. It's widely believed that running your headphones loosens up the diaphragm a little and actually improves the sound. There's no science behind this. No machine ever invented has been able to pick this up, but there are testimonies galore, for what it's worth.
Some people get very involved with burning in. They won't listen to their headphones until they've been "burned in" for hundreds of hours. Some people think you should crank the volume up to a high but tolerable level. Some people think you should use pink noise. A lot of people say you should just wear your headphones and enjoy them. Whatever the reason, it's common to wake up one day and say, "Wow, this sounds pretty good."
Whatever you do, be kind to your headphones. Running them at really high volumes, especially if there's some really hardcore bass, can damage the diaphragm. The best judge of volume is your set of ears. If you're wearing the headphones, you're not going to turn them louder than you can bare - even if you're crazy. But if you leave your headphones running, and you're not monitoring the volume, it's possible to push the drivers harder than advisable. You're more likely to "loosen" the driver up in a negative way, and end up with buzzing. It would be an extreme case where you actually punctured or ruptured the driver, but the best way to avoid that possibility is to use some common sense.
- Burn in
- Buying Guide Headphones By Price Range
- › Best classical recordings...ever! 17 seconds ago
- › Aphrodite Zeus Quad 22 OCC Copper cable - Brand new unused 41 seconds ago
- › JDS Labs C5/C5D (pg96) portable amp/amp+DAC appreciation +... 2 minutes ago
- › 「Official」Asian Anime, Manga, and Music Lounge 2 minutes ago
- › What is the most conductive(least amount of resistance) on a cable... 5 minutes ago
- › Please help me with my survey (about storage) 5 minutes ago
- › Brand Spanking New A&K AK120II and AK100II 7 minutes ago
- › Chord Hugo 8 minutes ago
- › Grace m903 vs Sennheiser HDVD 800 9 minutes ago
- › NocturnaL Audio Custom Headphone Cables 11 minutes ago
- › HiFiMAN HE-560 by DVass13
- › Brainwavz S5 In Ear Headphones by jant71
- › HiFiMAN RE-600 by Matias
- › ROCK JAW ALFA GENUS by HK_sends
- › Wadia 121 Decoding Computer Digital to Analog Converter by Armaegis
- › AKG X323XS by dweaver
- › Shure SE535LTD RED by hardbop
- › PSB M4U 2 Noise Canceling headphones by Mr_Owlow
- › VSONIC VSD3S Black High Fidelity Professional Quality Stereo... by squallkiercosa
- › Eclipse TD-M1 by HideousPride
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Introduction)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones) 2
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones) 3
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones) 2
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones) 3
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Gaming Headphones)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Exercise Headphones)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Wireless Headphones)