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Amp break-in?

post #1 of 6
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I just got my FiiO E10 yesterday. I was wondering if there is a break-in period for this amp? Or any amp for that matter? If there is, how long will it take? Is there a proper way to do so? Thanks.

post #2 of 6

Some people think the sound signature changes significantly over time, but to my ears amps stay the same until they die.  There is no need to burn in your amp.  Just plug in and enjoy.

post #3 of 6

The effects of  solid state amp/circuit/component burn in haven't been evident for me.  But then again all my cans are very colored.  They have harmonic + resonant artifacts of their own and thus I think their own sonic signature tends to wash out the finer sonic details of whats upstream.


Tubes are another story though.

post #4 of 6
Just an observation based on reading but capacitors are the component most affected by burn in though certainly not the only one. I was looking at the Blackgate site before they were sold and they suggested several hundred hours to fully cure a cap. Uncle Eric felt it nonsense as once a charge was put on it, it was permanent and not affected until it started decaying. It's a contentious topic among hobbyists but it takes all views to make our world what it is. I lean toward believing there is an effect on the sonic character as I've experienced it with my first tube amp. I left my tube amp on for three weeks straight with your K701s . I traveled at that time so I couldn't live with the sound every day. By the end of the second week, the amp took on a different presentation. New it was a bit tinny/shrill sounding. The bass and soundstage were most impacted as both improved noticeably.
post #5 of 6

Just listen and don't worry about it.

post #6 of 6

Burn-in is something else for electronics:



Burn-in is the process by which components of a system are exercised prior to being placed in service (and often, prior to the system being completely assembled from those components). The intention is to detect those particular components that would fail as a result of the initial, high-failure rate portion of the bathtub curve of component reliability. If the burn-in period is made sufficiently long (and, perhaps, artificially stressful), the system can then be trusted to be mostly free of further early failures once the burn-in process is complete.


There is another use of the term by some audiophiles, who leave new audio equipment turned on for multiple days or weeks, to get the components to achieve optimal performance. However, many debates have arisen about the benefits of this practice.

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