^^This! Is the thing that bugs me too. The number of times I've seen folks talk about their headphones settling in after break-in is astounding. It's now become the common belief that you won't know what your headphones sound like until they're burned-in. That's balony. While I could tell the difference between the two cans, they weren't much different. When you open a box of headphones and have a listen, that's pretty much what they're going to sound like. Anyone who says, "OMG after burn-in my new cans are night-and-day better" is full of hoooeee.
Just trying to walk a sensable middle road here.
Anyway, have fun y'all.
This is something I don't agree with. Now, I'm sure Tyll has tried several hundred pairs of headphones in his lifetime, but perhaps just has not actually heard one yet that has sounded horrible without burn-in, but DID make a night and day difference with burn-in. This is perfectly understandable and not many people will.
I've had an experience recently where my newest pairs of DJ100's sounded absolutely HORRIBLE out of the box. I think it would be unfair of anyone to just pass judgement on these without burn-in. They sound completely different in every way than a well burned in pair. Why do I know? I had both at the same time. A well burned in pair and a pair new from the box. It's not simple variations between pairs. Not a chance. I've used this headphone so much that I know it's signature inside and out. The new pair sounds nothing like a regular DJ100 that's well burned in. Maybe I just had bad luck? The new DJ100 I got in was basically un-listenable. Almost sounds broken and similar to my previous pair without burn-in.
I actually offered to send them to Tyll for burn-in testing to prove this. I felt the differences could actually be measured by him. Really! The offer still stands.
Even when listening to a new out of the box pair, someone would honestly have no clue what they'd possibly sound like after burned it for 5-6 days. Nobody has to believe me.
99% of the time, yes there will be only minor differences between new and burned in pairs. Not the case here and I believe it can be proven with measurements.
So yes, I do agree with this, but to a point. There are headphones that will in fact make a night and difference change with burn in. Most people will never know unless they have a new pair and fully burned in pair. The chance of them having the same experience as me is very slim.
My rule for burn-in is that if they sound great out of the box, don't bother. Burn them in while listening to them. So far I've only had 2-3 headphones that needed burn-in and I've been through several dozen pairs.
Edited by tdockweiler - 9/10/11 at 12:42am