I just picked up a pair of Denon AH-C710s and got to thinking about the age-old question of whether burn-in is real or not again.
This got me thinking: if it was real, and considering how many audiophiles out there pay an arm and a leg for that slight improvement in audio quality, why aren't manufacturers of high-end headphones doing anything about it?
Think about it: Back in the day, when you bought a sports car, you were advised to break in the engine by driving it at half its potential for 5,000km before really making the engine flex its muscles. That is, until some manufacturers started selling sports cars with engines broken in at the factory. You could suddenly go full-bore as soon as you started the engine.
Why aren't the Porsches and Ferraris of the audiophile world doing the same? I could have bought a pair of Denon AH-C710s that were previously burnt in at the factory by qualified technicians. And real or not, this could be another bullet point in the product's overall feature set.
I mean, if you were given the choice to purchase a set of headphones, or the same set but with a "factory burn-in" sticker on it, which would you buy?
Fellow audiophiles, what say you?
Maybe I'm on to something here...
(Did a search for "pre-burned" but nothing directly related to my post appeared. Apologies if this has been covered before!)
Nowhere in your thread starter did you say this was only about high-end cans over $2000. You were talking about Denon C710s. What you are doing is shifting the argument mostly because you are in fact buying what I'm saying. However, it doesn't matter because the points taken together or on their own still apply. There is no incentive to mitigate the potential costs of doing what you claim otherwise they would be doing it even if it didn't do anything! Pay Sennheiser enough money I'm sure they'll burn-in whatever you want including a horse.
Cars do have a break-in procedure that is often stated in the manuals and lasts for hundreds to thousands of miles depending. This is a conditioning process, not like the quick safety/diagnostic run throughs done at the factory w/ the least amount of possible time and resources deployed to them. Would you rather buy a new car off the dealership w/ 2-3 miles on it or 1500? Dealers have been sued for rolling back odometers. New means new no matter analogy is applied.