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IMO the HD800 wa one of only a couple of headphones that didn't change much with burn in. It did seem like the treble harshness calmed down a bit over the first day or two-but over all they were pretty stable from day one-on a 3 of my new pairs.

 

-Daniel

post #4877 of 19169
An couple of hours ought to do the trick. I've compared my "burnt in" HD800s (at least 200h) to a dealer pair 2 hours out of the box...and I couldn't tell the difference in a test-type-that-shalt-not-be-named. This was with a megabucks DAC and a professional amp with two outputs, which both, if I may add, sounded far more neutral than my Pan Am. <-Go figure.
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IMO the HD800 wa one of only a couple of headphones that didn't change much with burn in. It did seem like the treble harshness calmed down a bit over the first day or two-but over all they were pretty stable from day one-on a 3 of my new pairs.

 

-Daniel


Thanks and wow! You have 3 HD800s?????
 

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An couple of hours ought to do the trick. I've compared my "burnt in" HD800s (at least 200h) to a dealer pair 2 hours out of the box...and I couldn't tell the difference in a test-type-that-shalt-not-be-named. This was with a megabucks DAC and a professional amp with two outputs, which both, if I may add, sounded far more neutral than my Pan Am. <-Go figure.


 

I am on my third day (non-stop) burn in. I just leave the headphones playing tracks throughout the last 3 days.  

So the ALO portable-cum-desktop colors the HD800 more?

post #4879 of 19169

Bought a new one three different times lol-just own one now. Learned the hard way what many here have (and many more have not): it takes some work to get these cans to truly shine. They scale so incredibly well that I doubt anyone here has truly heard their ceiling yet. My .02.

 

-Daniel

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Of course the Pan Am is more colored than an amplifier designed for completely linear output smily_headphones1.gif

I don't really see the point in leaving your headphones on for three days...
If you have a tube amp, that's definitely not a wise use of its precious time.
post #4881 of 19169
For the more open minded folks, this article makes for great reading.

http://www.audioholics.com/loudspeaker-design/speaker-break-in-fact-or-fiction
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Of course the Pan Am is more colored than an amplifier designed for completely linear output smily_headphones1.gif

I don't really see the point in leaving your headphones on for three days...
If you have a tube amp, that's definitely not a wise use of its precious time.


Thanks.  Pulling the plug now.  dt880smile.png

post #4883 of 19169

Same here, didn't hear much change with burn in at all with the HD800's. I do believe in burn in and have heard other phones change over time. 

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Same here, didn't hear much change with burn in at all with the HD800's. I do believe in burn in and have heard other phones change over time. 



My T1 did.  HD800 sounded thin out of the box.  But now, it sounds fuller.  I stayed away from auditioning it while being burned in to avoid that placebo or psychosomatic effect.  It does sound more forward than when I first listened to it out of the box 3 days ago.

 

But you're right.  I am enjoying the headphones now rather allowing it to play all by itself.

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My T1 did.  HD800 sounded thin out of the box.  But now, it sounds fuller.  I stayed away from auditioning it while being burned in to avoid that placebo or psychosomatic effect.  It does sound more forward than when I first listened to it out of the box 3 days ago.

 

But you're right.  I am enjoying the headphones now rather allowing it to play all by itself.

 

I guess that's the thing, whether the drivers actually change, or whether your ears adjust, the net result is the same.

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I guess that's the thing, whether the drivers actually change, or whether your ears adjust, the net result is the same.



Aye. Couldn't agree with you more on that point.  L3000.gif

post #4887 of 19169
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So the ALO portable-cum-desktop colors the HD800 more?

 

It's a great dac/amp- it's hard to say what the difference between this and any other dac/amp is- it's maybe a smoother sound, there is a high and low gain but the hd800s go loud enough on low gain and that sounds less harsh to me. There are lots of other good bits of kit around , this is a good choice for those that want a portable dac headphone amp that looks nice and sounds good and runs anything without straining, trev
Edited by Takeanidea - 8/18/13 at 4:39am
post #4888 of 19169
+1. The Pan Am is a wonderful little amp that sounds very good with all headphones I've tried. A set of Mullard and Voskhods tubes will cover just about everything.
Edited by R Scott Ireland - 8/18/13 at 5:29am
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Indeed, they are. Unfortunately, I haven't been listening to my turntable rig as often as I'd like due to the limited technical ability of my current setup--hence my desire to upgrade.
Just so we can all pour our hard-earned cash into more audio equipment... I've been looking for a good turntable. Any recommendations?

Hmmmmm....

 

   ?

Just wondering.....

post #4890 of 19169

I think I get the joke (it's about cost of turntables???) confused.gif

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