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Clarification about burning-in please!

post #1 of 4
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Hello everybody;
I'm new here (first post) but I've been surfing the web for months because I was in need of buying a new headphone and this website has become the main resource for me.
I must admit that I found many many opinions here and sometimes I've been confused by the amount of information you gave in certain discussions.

I'm not an audiophile, but I would like to be one, one day. Anyway, to summarize the situation, I have to say that according to my needs and budget, I finally decided to order a Pioneer SE-MJ751, yesterday from amazon. Please don't kill me if I made a "bad" choice, I'm not a fashion addict, but I had short budget and I've been undecided until the very last moment, between these, the JVC-S400 and the ATH-SJ55. (Yeah, I'm a Japan lover XD). I mostly decided upon dual drivers feature and my impression about build-quality and fitting because I always had problem with this and I need a very "tight" headphone.

 

Well, I'm waiting for them to arrive very anxiously but I would like to know something more precise about the burning-in process.

I must say that I searched a lot and even in this case I found many opinions very diverse between each other, so I decided to open a new thread.

I gave myself the permission to prepare a sort of short list (please excuse me if it seems miseducated, it's not the purpose):
- is the burn-in process applicable to any headphone? (and to the mine one, of course)
- the type of sound to be used (pink/white wave - something else idk), depends on the type of the headphone? if yes, what's better for the mine one?
- is there a minimum time / fixed time / maximum time for the burn in, depending on the model?
- do I have to connect them to an amplifier or can I do it with my PC too? I have an old technics SU600 (well, my father owns it actually :P)
- do I risk to damage something if I make some mistake in the process?

Really thank you to everyone of you who'll help me; sorry for my noob-ness and for my poor english.
Thanks in advance.
 

post #2 of 4
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Originally Posted by Bimbotondo View Post
 

Hello everybody;
I'm new here (first post) but I've been surfing the web for months because I was in need of buying a new headphone and this website has become the main resource for me.
I must admit that I found many many opinions here and sometimes I've been confused by the amount of information you gave in certain discussions.

I'm not an audiophile, but I would like to be one, one day. Anyway, to summarize the situation, I have to say that according to my needs and budget, I finally decided to order a Pioneer SE-MJ751, yesterday from amazon. Please don't kill me if I made a "bad" choice, I'm not a fashion addict, but I had short budget and I've been undecided until the very last moment, between these, the JVC-S400 and the ATH-SJ55. (Yeah, I'm a Japan lover XD). I mostly decided upon dual drivers feature and my impression about build-quality and fitting because I always had problem with this and I need a very "tight" headphone.

 

Well, I'm waiting for them to arrive very anxiously but I would like to know something more precise about the burning-in process.

I must say that I searched a lot and even in this case I found many opinions very diverse between each other, so I decided to open a new thread.

I gave myself the permission to prepare a sort of short list (please excuse me if it seems miseducated, it's not the purpose):
- is the burn-in process applicable to any headphone? (and to the mine one, of course)
- the type of sound to be used (pink/white wave - something else idk), depends on the type of the headphone? if yes, what's better for the mine one?
- is there a minimum time / fixed time / maximum time for the burn in, depending on the model?
- do I have to connect them to an amplifier or can I do it with my PC too? I have an old technics SU600 (well, my father owns it actually :P)
- do I risk to damage something if I make some mistake in the process?

Really thank you to everyone of you who'll help me; sorry for my noob-ness and for my poor english.
Thanks in advance.
 

- is the burn-in process applicable to any headphone? (and to the mine one, of course)

 

Yes, but some are almost ready right out of the box and some require weeks to get the sound to stablize.


- the type of sound to be used (pink/white wave - something else idk), depends on the type of the headphone? if yes, what's better for the mine one?

 

I personally don't go by noise, rather I make a random playlist of all the songs and use that instead, which I think is a more realistic way to burn in your headphones.  Just be sure to play them at a higher volume than what you normally would listen to give your cans a good work out.


- is there a minimum time / fixed time / maximum time for the burn in, depending on the model?

 

Not really, but here is what I generally do: 1, get new heaphones / IEM; 2, listen to them with songs that you know with NO burn in for an hour or two and take note of the sound signature; 3, make the playlist can leave it playing for the night and a good part of next day, and at volume level at least 25% more than your regular listening level; 4, lower the volume back to normal and give your songs another listen to note of any changes; 5, if the sound does change then repeat burn in until stable, or you can just keep it playing at normal volume.


- do I have to connect them to an amplifier or can I do it with my PC too? I have an old technics SU600 (well, my father owns it actually :P)

 

Unless your PC is underpowered, which I don't think it should, you can burn them in with PC just fine.


- do I risk to damage something if I make some mistake in the process?

Unless you WAY amp your headphones, it won't hurt anything.

 

Hope this helps.
 

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

Interesting method, I didn't think about write down something about the SQ before and after the process. nice idea!
I read on the forum that someone prefer to use waves to ensure better coverage of all sound frequencies during the burning in and this gives a more balanced sound to the headphones.
This is the only thing I'm still doubtful, really.

 

Thank you very much!

post #4 of 4
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Originally Posted by Bimbotondo View Post
 

Thanks!

Interesting method, I didn't think about write down something about the SQ before and after the process. nice idea!
I read on the forum that someone prefer to use waves to ensure better coverage of all sound frequencies during the burning in and this gives a more balanced sound to the headphones.
This is the only thing I'm still doubtful, really.

 

Thank you very much!

NP.  Think about it, if you burn it in with your own music and it sounds good, then it's good!  And if you don't give it a listen before the burn in, how else can you tell if your headphone responds well to the process in the first place?

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