While reading through this thread (again) I came across this gem that I missed before.
For some reason, we have some addiction to spending hordes of money for something incredibly subjective AND elusive.
I've searched the thread and haven't found what I'm looking for.
First of all I'm pretty pleased as I got these for about half price off of eBay. For the money they're quite good. Compared to my Sennheiser HD-280's there are some noticeable improvements in micro-detail and bass presentation. Overall the clarity is better and I'm hearing things like piano strikes in a much more "live" fashion.
I haven't had a chance to burn them in yet and that's what my question is about.
How long was your burn in and what do you think changed?
I ask because one very strong difference between the two cans I have is in the overall presentation. It's hard to describe but with the Hi2050's it's like most of the sound is very centrally focused. It's like voices and main instruments are very focused in between your ears whereas with my Senn's, those same sounds are further spread out/more balanced between the ears.
It's not a problem with the sound stage. As everyone has said, the sound stage is quite good and 3D orientation is good as well. These are at least on par with my Senn's in that dept and probably a bit better.
I'm just curious if the stage opens up more as they are burned in.
For breaking in headphones, I like to plug them into my receiver, set my cable TV box (audio source) to Metal, set the volume on the receiver to something just louder then I can stand
and leave the headphone under a blanket overnight (a few nights).
So give the headphone several over night sections and then see what improves.