first of all, with my first post id just like to say thanks to everyone on here for contributing towards such a great resource for people interested in headphones etc. ive only spent a few hours on here reading threads and already i feel really well informed about what headphones are the best for their price bracket etc. so thanks very much for that, im sure ive saved a lot of money (or will over the course of my next few purchases) thanks to this site. ive just invested in a set of sr80is :P
now on to what i originally was going to say: ive noticed quite a lot over the course of those few hours that people talk about "burning in" their headphones. especially in reviews, and especially if they were big purchases.
as a skeptical person that cares a lot (perhaps unhealthily so) about whether or not his beliefs are true. i try to look at the evidence before i believe something. after all, by what other criteria do we determine the truth of a claim other than by evidence?
so i spent a while reading about "burning in", and looking for evidence that it actually does affect, or even improve, the sound from headphones.
but i cant find anything :( this makes me think that perhaps the whole "burning in" thing is just a kind of placebo effect spawned meme that is self-perpetuating due to the nature of the medium (a forum of like-minded open-minded enthusiasts willing to try new things and accept new ideas). ive also asked a few sound engineers if there could be any truth to this, but they seem similarly inclined to me and dont agree that there should be any kind of improvement through use in a system that uses moving parts e.g. in a car, or a tv, or headphones
but i realize that you guys also know what you are talking about and have a lot of experience and knowledge, so does anyone have any empirical evidence that this "burning in" claim is true?
Edited by conor147 - 12/10/11 at 12:24pm