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What to expect from a burn in?

post #1 of 16
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I just got my Sleek Audio CT6's and am wondering how the audio signature will change once burned in.

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post #2 of 16

Single BAs don't change that much so you tell us.bigsmile_face.gif

post #3 of 16

You be the judge. People say Burn-In is existent, people say it's a placebo effect. I believe in burn-in the same way as a new car engine's break-in period. 

post #4 of 16
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Awesome! I'll just keep my ear out and see then. Is there any procedure I should follow?

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post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Pjames6 View Post

Awesome! I'll just keep my ear out and see then. Is there any procedure I should follow?

16 hours playing music at normal volumes, and 8 hours rest.

Each and everyday until you tire of it.

Then it is burnt in.

Jim
post #7 of 16

How about using tracks of different frequencies?

 

http://www.binkster.net/extras.shtml

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Why not? I say go for it.

Jim
post #9 of 16

every mechanical system needs some time to adjust. that is burn in and it is existent in just about everything, that moves, iems included. 

I don't know to what extent the sound will change in yours, but every iem that I had did change in good way - more controlled, clear, prominent sound is a general improvement with burn in.

post #10 of 16

I listen to more BA's than anything and I've never heard the sound change, I think its because they're so small that there really isn't much room left for them to expand or stretch to get broke in.  Now with dynamic driver IEM's there are some changes if ever so slightly but I also think your brain has to get adjusted to the sound so that plays just as big a part as mechanical burn-in imo.

post #11 of 16
I don't really believe in balanced armatures breaking in. It's a completely different concept to dynamics in how they function. If at all it happens very quickly.

Dynamics however I feel the drivers relax, the sound becomes slightly smoother, I can tell with a new IEM because it won't handle higher volumes without distorting easily, hours in later that same IEM will handle similar volumes without packing up. This gradually increases,

However, I'm yet to experience some huge miracle where bass doubles in quantity or the IEM transforms in some magical sense.

The changes are subtle at best.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post

I don't really believe in balanced armatures breaking in. It's a completely different concept to dynamics in how they function. If at all it happens very quickly.
Dynamics however I feel the drivers relax, the sound becomes slightly smoother, I can tell with a new IEM because it won't handle higher volumes without distorting easily, hours in later that same IEM will handle similar volumes without packing up. This gradually increases,
However, I'm yet to experience some huge miracle where bass doubles in quantity or the IEM transforms in some magical sense.
The changes are subtle at best.

 

+1 to the subtle comment.  Don't expect magic unicorn dust effects from burn in.  I have heard BAs burn in though.  Then tend to be slower, but some are faster (faster ones tend to be multi-BAs). 

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post

I don't really believe in balanced armatures breaking in. It's a completely different concept to dynamics in how they function. If at all it happens very quickly.
Dynamics however I feel the drivers relax, the sound becomes slightly smoother, I can tell with a new IEM because it won't handle higher volumes without distorting easily, hours in later that same IEM will handle similar volumes without packing up. This gradually increases,
However, I'm yet to experience some huge miracle where bass doubles in quantity or the IEM transforms in some magical sense.
The changes are subtle at best.

 

 

So true

post #14 of 16

normally either bass improves or the sound overall sounds smoother. not seen a single comment stating otherwise

post #15 of 16

Newbie to the forum but have been into car audio for years.  For me with new headphones part of the burn-in appears to be just your ears adjusting to them.  You learn to appreciate the soundstage of whatever you are listening to.  Mechanical burn-in could also play a role. 


Edited by icehole - 9/7/12 at 10:45pm
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