Yes perhaps our views are closer than I thought. Again my argument is not that physical burn in does not exist at all, but that the majority of the perceived difference is due to change in perception and not change in the IEMs themselves.
Originally Posted by Alberto01
I love measuring stuff. But, if nothing can be measured in this instance, your observation make it obvious that there is a physical burn in or equivalent.
However, this statement simply does not make sense. Why would you reach the conclusion that physical change in the driver accounts for all the change because you cannot measure anything? If anything it would be the other way around.. being able to measure the sound frequencies would be more of an argument for physical change. And actually there is science, both in human biology and audiology that would show that these negligible changes would not bring such massive changes on their own. Unless you have those super ears of course!
Our perception changes constantly! Just look around the world today.. just because you observe differences/changes in certain objects does not necessarily mean there has actually been a change in the objects. Sight for example. Something can look lighter, darker, based on contrast when there are actually no differences. The difference is in our perception.
What would happen if you listened to some really crappy IEMs for a LONG time without A/Bing with other IEMs? I think eventually your brain would become somewhat accustomed to the sound. And although you may not feel that it has turned into a completely different animal, I bet your perception of the sound would change.
Anyway I am in the wrong for bringing this up. Placebo effect is very real. If someone believes that sound is getting better, even if it is not due to actual change in the source, does that make it any less real? No, it is just as real! Sound is defined by how we perceive it.
The medical analogy--If a doctor gives someone a sugar pill and tells them it would cure a disease, and the patient's condition improves, does that lower the effectiveness of the sugar pill? No way! The results are very real.
I see the burn in argument the same way. Even if it is only psychological burn in, that does not make it any less real. Take the sugar pill because it works!
Sorry for even bringing this up :). It is like saying do not take the sugar pill because it is not real. Who cares as long as you get results right?
Edited by JosephKim - 11/8/13 at 7:11pm