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Wired Article Claims "Burn In" period for headphones "a bunch of hokum"

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http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/11/tnhyui-earphone-burn-in/

 

Not trying to star a flame war here but... This seems to be wayyyy off base.

post #2 of 4

The article is mainly against burning in earphones because the drivers are much smaller and less room for change from burn-in. As quoted in article:

 

"This much is known: When it comes to the tiny balanced armatures used in many earphones, there’s just not the same potential for mechanical deviation. We’re talking about things the size of a baby’s tooth. And unlike the large drivers in over-the-ear headphones, there’s just not that much room for things to change."

 

You should probably edit your title to reflect such, and perhaps even move this to the portables forum.

post #3 of 4

Burn in worked with GR07 in my experience. May be the writer should try GR07 before dismissing burn in process entirely.

post #4 of 4

No, in my opinion Wired is right. The burn-in is a real phenomena with some loudspeaker and headphone drivers. However 99% of people won't hear any difference. Now when there is a global boom in headphone sales, Wired raises this concern rightfully in my opinion, because this if anything REALLY confuses the ordinary buyer.

 

 

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