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Do earbuds need Burn in too ?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I was just wondering whether earbuds need burn in time too, similar as full sized cans ?
Because i just bought this MX500, and i was thinking whether the sound will improve over time ?
post #2 of 19
I think the Senn MX300/400/500 series change their sound with use. After about 40 hours, I noticed my MX400's sounded a little warmer, as if the driver diaphragms loosened up. Just don't blast music too loud during this period. I've noticed that too much volume too quick tend to make them sound crackly, or staticy on some music (particularly with lots of guitars).

Great choice in cans for around $20. I love my 400's...


appar111
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
opppss... too late... i was blasting them on the way home... did you mean if you blast them earlier, it may sound cracking but if you blast them after burn in time, it wont sound cracking anymore?

or did you mean if you blast them earlier, they will sound cracking forever ?
post #4 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by appar111
I've noticed that too much volume too quick tend to make them sound crackly, or staticy on some music (particularly with lots of guitars).


appar111
[edit] - nevermind, I've started a new thread regarding this, I think my HD 600's may have dodgey drivers
post #5 of 19
yeah, blasting them before you burn them in results in a crackly sound.... it's like the drivers haven't been loosened up enough to take the volume yet... at least that's what's happened with the 3 pairs of Senn MX series buds that i've had...
post #6 of 19
I guess I'll be the first to add that you should run over to a Raido Shack and pick up some replacement foamies. They're around $2.00 and make a HUGE! difference in the sound, most noteably in the bass department.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
those crackling and static noise that you mentioned from the result of blasting off headphone prior burn-in, are they very noticeable ?

i tried to listen to my MX500 off my discman, but i couldnt hear any abnormal sound...
post #8 of 19
Just a note on the RS foamies, they seem to be the same as the Sony foam covers, and are a little thicker than the Senn covers. Depending on your ear size they generally make a better seal and give more volume and bass due to better coupling.

I have (had) the MX-300, 400, and 500 Senns. The 300s are more bassy but the 400s are better overall ($10 shipped). I think the 500s have a little better resolution and the inline volume control is OK too.

My overall preference is the Sony MDR-E848LP Fontopia. They have a better shape and thus better coupling, as well as more definition, perhaps due to the PET (titanium) driver diaphragm.
post #9 of 19
thread revival, but do the fantopias need burn in as well? Just ordered some.
post #10 of 19
NOTHING NEEDS BURN-IN. I dont know how many times ive said this, it obviuosly works with out burn-in, doesn't it? Everything gets better from burn-in, nothing needs it.
post #11 of 19
calm down buddy, im asking will it benefit from it?
post #12 of 19
Yea earbuds definately do work better with a burn in . I burnt in my shure E2C and they definitely sound better. I used classical pop/opera to burn them in due to the wide spectrum of highs and lows.
post #13 of 19

I can attest I helps clear out the imperfections you sometimes hear.

 

You know those earbuds that come with Sony Erricsons? They sound like crap.

I Plugged some up to a small sony radio and after 70 hours of burn-in 3-5 hours at a time.

The earbuds sound better. Still crap compared to the audio technicas I have but, They stomped making weird muffled sounds.

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post #15 of 19

Hahaha, good one.
 

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