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How do I properly break in and care for my headphones?

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Newbie here, never owned any high end equipment. Recently bought a xonar phoebus and dt990. Excited to try them out later tonight, but want to keep them at their peak for as long as possible. What are your guys secrets?

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Newbie here, never owned any high end equipment. Recently bought a xonar phoebus and dt990. Excited to try them out later tonight, but want to keep them at their peak for as long as possible. What are your guys secrets?
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Heya,

 

You put them on your head, crank up something that outputs audio be it music, gaming, movies or whatever and enjoy them. The headphone will not change over time with the mythical burn in, but your ears and perception will change as you become accustomed to the sound signature. Set them in a clean place when you're done, cover them even, try not to roll over the cord or pinch it and in general just don't be destructive and they'll last 10+ years easily.

 

Very best,

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Look after them

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Mal, your reply clears my doubt on whether should I burn-in my new DT770 as well, thanks...  o2smile.gif

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Heya,

 

You put them on your head, crank up something that outputs audio be it music, gaming, movies or whatever and enjoy them. The headphone will not change over time with the mythical burn in, but your ears and perception will change as you become accustomed to the sound signature. Set them in a clean place when you're done, cover them even, try not to roll over the cord or pinch it and in general just don't be destructive and they'll last 10+ years easily.

 

Very best,

 

Edited by marlboro123 - 5/22/12 at 6:30am
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Mal, your reply clears my doubt on whether should I burn-in my new DT770 as well, thanks...  o2smile.gif

 

I'm in the camp that believes (like Ultrasone--which recommends a specific burn time in for their each individual can/line of cans) in burning in (most) headphones to improve their sound.

 

It's easy to do and their is little or no downside for doing it.

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I'm in the camp that believes (like Ultrasone--which recommends a specific burn time in for their each individual can/line of cans) in burning in (most) headphones to improve their sound.

 

It's easy to do and their is little or no downside for doing it.

 

Seems that the very stiff titanium diaphragms need some loosening up 

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Being the owner of the 990 and 770 250 ohm, I do think both benefit from some burn in. The 990 especially do. But I also think using pink noise or anything is pretty much a waste. Just use them normally for a hundred hours or so and they'll keep getting better. I would recommend staying away from too high of volumes for the first 30 hours or so, though, since I'm sure that could damage them if the volume is too high at first.

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