Originally Posted by zigy626
I would say you should give it around 100hrs. Although I have also heard that HD800 dont really need burn in as they go through that process at the factory. Personally I feel its more your ears adjusting to the HD800 sound that might be a bigger factor.
Such wisdom! I have been in the high end industry 3 decades and I have heard this only a handful of times from end users. For a fact much "perceived break in" is in actuality this factor! I have seen folks go from one piece of equip to a much brighter one that was reviewed positively and hear them say, "well, it's bright, but it will break in". Weeks later when I've visited them I've asked "how is it" only to always hear "much better, really nice now". I then swap in the original, let them listen, then swap in the new, and they say "Oh, that's bright"!
Yes, the ears adjust, and this is a big part of the "break in game" as I call it.
Certainly, some break in happens, especially with speaker surrounds and spiders, and more so with woofers. But much of it with other equipment is exaggerated.
Think of putting on sunglasses: everything is colored. 10 minutes later you don't notice the coloration. Every audio guy thinking he is immune to the aural version of this is in denial.