|Originally posted by stuartr
...though I have yet to actually notice the burn in effect (I think it is the customer that is burning in....if you listen to something for 100 hours, you are going to get MUCH more used to the sound, thus much more likely to enjoy it and keep the product. A brilliant marketing ploy by the audiophile business -- I am not saying there is no real burn in, but I am a little skeptical that it is always macroscopically evident.).
OK, I have to comment here on the cable burn in thing.
Now you say: "if you listen to something for 100 hours, you are going to get MUCH more used to the sound, thus much more likely to enjoy it and keep the product."
However, that does not mean burn in does not happen. I have been through a lot of cables over the years and I have heard some of them change just a little bit during break in, and some have changed quite a bit.
The next time you get new cables try this:
Listen to them for a couple hours (You won't be able to resist anyway) to hear what they can do. Then, while you are away at work or whatever, leave the system playing so that the cables get use when you are NOT listening to them.
When you get home, listen for about an hour and check out what has happened. Keep doing this every day until no more improvement is heard.
This way, the cables are getting lots of time on them, but you are only hearing them for about an hour a day.
This way proves the cables are burning in, but not the customer.