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Possible damage from pink noise?

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Last night, I ran this pink noise file all night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXtimhT-ff4

 

And while out today, I ran it again for about 4 hours throughout the afternoon. Not that long after I got back and decided to listen to music again, though, the right headphone wasn't producing any noise. It quickly came back after switching around some songs/videos, but it's made me very wary. I'm pretty sure both headphones were producing noise when I came back, and it was probably over 30 minutes later until I played anything with noise. I know pink noise and such can cause damage at high volumes, but this is of considerably lower volume than say, JLab's burn in loops. Still... with what happened, did I do some kind of damage? What should I do from here? I can't say I notice any change in audio quality either. I'm definitely not running them overnight tonight though.


Edited by Mosstrekker192 - 2/21/14 at 4:09pm
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When looping something for hours and hours on end, it's good to give the headphones a break just to let the drivers stay cool. Also, some people don't believe in burn-in, and that it will affect the audio quality at all. It's also possible that you just got a lemon of whatever headphone you were using, maybe it has a weak solder on the right driver or something. I wouldn't think the driver would become damaged from playing audio for a few hours at a time unless the volume was extremely high. If you played it for a day straight or more without a break, I could see it becoming hot and getting damaged.

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How am I going to say this and not come off obnoxious.  I think what you are doing is wasting the time you can spend listening to your phones. An objective test was done on this with a pair of good headphones, and found that after 60 hours, the bass response improved only a bit.  A before and after frequency response analysis was used. Also IMHO I do not think pink noise will make any difference at all.  You need something dynamic to flex the speaker material, like rock music.  I do not think what you have done has accomplished anything, except maybe cause damage to your headphones.

 

For that matter, if you purchased your headphones because they already sound good, which is the sensible thing to have done, what is the point in breaking them in? I think you need to consider the practicalities of this matter.For example, do you purchase shoes that need to be broken in?

 

YMMV

 

Bob Graham


Edited by r010159 - 2/22/14 at 12:17am
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