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I am a little bit confused, an I don't really understand the term "burning in headphones". Should you play music continuesly for like 200 hours, or should you just play it for 24 hours, give the headphones a break, and then play music again. I have been listening to them for a couple of days now, and I just started reading about burning here on Head-Fi. Can someone with a pair of HD 650s, or anybody that knows this stuff, help me out?

- Thanks
post #2 of 9
I think it's the theory that drivers 'loosen up' a bit after a bit of use. Others will chime in, no doubt.
post #3 of 9

I personally would give them about 100 hours burn in, with the music at a volume around what you would normally listen to. I'd give the cans a break every 10 hours or so. 

 

All of this is my opinion of course. Enjoy the 650's 

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by JonasRas View Post

I am a little bit confused, an I don't really understand the term "burning in headphones". Should you play music continuesly for like 200 hours, or should you just play it for 24 hours, give the headphones a break, and then play music again. I have been listening to them for a couple of days now, and I just started reading about burning here on Head-Fi. Can someone with a pair of HD 650s, or anybody that knows this stuff, help me out?

- Thanks

Also, I bought mine used, so they were already burned in.

 

What do you think of the HD650?  Is this your first step into mid/hi-fi or are you taking a side-step into a different house sound?

post #5 of 9

Mine took 250 hours to burn-in properly.   And at least 120 hours until the bass tightened up.

 

I kept them going continuously, easy at first (maybe its not important to take it easy) and then I give it to them with moderately loud bass-heavy music after about 75 hours. 

 

I mix up the music also, but I do play them continuously to get the job done as fast as possible. 
 

post #6 of 9
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I like them very much! And if the "burn in" makes them sound better, then they're going to be fantastic. This is my first pair of "high-end" headphones, and I really enjoy my new hobby.

post #7 of 9
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Would it be a good idea to run them trough a tube amp, to not only "burn in" the headphones, but also the amp?

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Originally Posted by JonasRas View Post

Would it be a good idea to run them trough a tube amp, to not only "burn in" the headphones, but also the amp?

If you have a brand new tube amp, then yeah - just to break in the tubes.  Also be aware that many tube amps take between 15 minutes to an hour for them to sound 'sweet' and truly amazeballs. You're gonna get a euphonic, syrupy sound with HD650s and most tube amps.  It could be right up your alley or it could be a bit too warm.  What's your source (read: DAC)?

 

Nevermind, I just read your signature and see that you have a DAC/amp unit.

 

I know you just got them, but you might want to put a mark on what sound-style you like for when you inevitably move up.  This is Head-Fi and you will be tempted to upgrade.  Mad Dogs are a good first step to planar magnetic headphones - although I'm in lust/love with my HiFiMan HE-500.  Planars sound 'different/better' than most dynamics - at least as regards details and I'd say 'depth' of sound stage and instrument separation.  The HD800s are generally regarded as the pinnacle of dynamic cans - they have a ring-driver design that eliminates some of the inherent flaws of dynamic headphones.  They are said to provide a sound-stage second only to the TOTL Stax (Stax are electrostatic headphones that use a totally different driving technology and have completely different amplification needs) setups.  A top-of-the-line Stax setup costs about the same as a new subcompact car or a VERY good used sedan ($10,000 to $12,000).  That said, the HD800 can be a bit 'bright' - it is most certainly bright compared to the easy-going HD650.  You need to pair it with an appropriate amp if you want euphony.

 

Enjoy your new cans!  The HD650 are a huge jump up from most mainstream headphones and although moving from them to the HE-500s with an adequate amp (I just got the Schiit Magni and it has transformed the HE-500.  It doesn't transform the HD650 as much) was almost as much of a jump, the higher you go up the scale, the lower the returns on the money.  If you have ears that can hear the difference or can develop your listening skills and have well-recorded music with a good source, you will probably find it worthwhile to at least some extent.

 

Also, keep in mind that what I've said about most of this is due to reading and not direct listening.  My own experience is:  Dacs:  FiiO E7, HRT MusicStreamer II+ (current DAC) - AMPS:  FiiO E9, JDS Labs O2 (worst amp I ever bought), and the Schiit Magni (current amp).  Headphones are:  SR80i, Klipsch X10 IEMs, had the UE Triple Fis before I lost them, and a really good Sennheiser Bluetooth headphone for weightlifting - as well as the HD650 (awesome first mid/hi-fi can!) and now the HE-500.  Whatever I've said about the other headphones is completely based on what I've read and what seems to be the consensus.  As always, consensus attitudes can mislead.  Love what you love, not what we tell you to love.


Edited by disastermouse - 3/10/13 at 11:25pm
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Originally Posted by disastermouse View Post

If you have a brand new tube amp, then yeah - just to break in the tubes.  Also be aware that many tube amps take between 15 minutes to an hour for them to sound 'sweet' and truly amazeballs. You're gonna get a euphonic, syrupy sound with HD650s and most tube amps.  It could be right up your alley or it could be a bit too warm.  What's your source (read: DAC)?

Nevermind, I just read your signature and see that you have a DAC/amp unit.

I know you just got them, but you might want to put a mark on what sound-style you like for when you inevitably move up.  This is Head-Fi and you will be tempted to upgrade.  Mad Dogs are a good first step to planar magnetic headphones - although I'm in lust/love with my HiFiMan HE-500.  Planars sound 'different/better' than most dynamics - at least as regards details and I'd say 'depth' of sound stage and instrument separation.  The HD800s are generally regarded as the pinnacle of dynamic cans - they have a ring-driver design that eliminates some of the inherent flaws of dynamic headphones.  They are said to provide a sound-stage second only to the TOTL Stax (Stax are electrostatic headphones that use a totally different driving technology and have completely different amplification needs) setups.  A top-of-the-line Stax setup costs about the same as a new subcompact car or a VERY good used sedan ($10,000 to $12,000).  That said, the HD800 can be a bit 'bright' - it is most certainly bright compared to the easy-going HD650.  You need to pair it with an appropriate amp if you want euphony.

Enjoy your new cans!  The HD650 are a huge jump up from most mainstream headphones and although moving from them to the HE-500s with an adequate amp (I just got the Schiit Magni and it has transformed the HE-500.  It doesn't transform the HD650 as much) was almost as much of a jump, the higher you go up the scale, the lower the returns on the money.  If you have ears that can hear the difference or can develop your listening skills and have well-recorded music with a good source, you will probably find it worthwhile to at least some extent.

Also, keep in mind that what I've said about most of this is due to reading and not direct listening.  My own experience is:  Dacs:  FiiO E7, HRT MusicStreamer II+ (current DAC) - AMPS:  FiiO E9, JDS Labs O2 (worst amp I ever bought), and the Schiit Magni (current amp).  Headphones are:  SR80i, Klipsch X10 IEMs, had the UE Triple Fis before I lost them, and a really good Sennheiser Bluetooth headphone for weightlifting - as well as the HD650 (awesome first mid/hi-fi can!) and now the HE-500.  Whatever I've said about the other headphones is completely based on what I've read and what seems to be the consensus.  As always, consensus attitudes can mislead.  Love what you love, not what we tell you to love.
Thank's for the reply! I have heard about HiFiMAN and the HE-500, and the 500's seem interesting. As I'm writing this, my HD 650's and amp/DAC are pumping out music, while I'm in school.
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