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Position on burning in headphones

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I've heard people and companies recommending burning in headphones. I was wondering what other peoples take on this is.

post #2 of 42

It's useful, I just let them burn in themselves as I listen to them overtime.

post #3 of 42
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My problem is that I have a pare of Sony headphones don't sound as good in the morning as they do after I've used them all day. @Sundown
post #4 of 42

It exists, but it's not as severe as some make it out to be.

 

Out of the box, the drivers in your headphones are going to be a little stiff. It's a product that relies on smooth motion, so it's going to take a little for the spider and cones of the speakers to loosen up properly, and that's something that can take a couple days. For giant subwoofers it can be longer because, well, they're giant subwoofers so they have a lot more to loosen. For headphones, if you listen for a couple hours a day, I'd say within a week they should be up to full strength.

 

No idea how this applies to planar magnetic phones, it might not at all. Just dynamic drivers in this case.

post #5 of 42
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I've had these headphones for about 6 months @SomeGuyDude
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Originally Posted by NewWaveAudio View Post

I've had these headphones for about 6 months @SomeGuyDude

 

Then they are WELL burned in. By about five and a half months. 

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I'm having problems with inconsistent audio quality @SomeGuyDude
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They should be burned in already. I like to use pink noise from http://simplynoise.com/. I doubt it would make a difference now, but it can't hurt.

 

I don't know what would account for the inconsistency. (There are many factors, psychological and environmental.)

post #9 of 42

Are they that bad sounding before burn-in?

post #10 of 42

I think it exists, like SomeGuyDude says, but it's not as severe as some make it out to be. I've tried burn in on a few of my new sets of headphones, and not once did I hear an audible difference. That's just me though. In fact, I've been reading about the HD280 needing tons of burn in, and I remember years back when I tried burning them in. I put them in a drawer and let them play for about two weeks straight, and I never noticed a difference. Obviously this is just my personal experience though, others are quite different.

 

Another thing to remember is our ears getting accustomed to the sound. When I first put a headphone on for the day, it will take me awhile to 'fall into' the sound of that particular unit. I think it's a combination of the earpads forming to our ears and our ears and heads getting used to having a headphone in place. There might be other variables too, though.


Edited by BrownBear - 2/25/14 at 7:25pm
post #11 of 42
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They sound great it's probably the environment. During the morning I'm at home and during the day I'm at school
post #12 of 42
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Originally Posted by jarrett View Post
 

Are they that bad sounding before burn-in?

 

No, they shouldn't sound bad out of the box. I've heard considerable differences in bass; did less than I hoped for treble.

 

I don't believe that it's a matter of becoming accustomed to the sound, at least not in my case, as I tend to listen fairly little till after burn in: I listen immediately for half an hour to an hour--who can resist and why not--then start burning in, listening a little here and there till I figure they're probably done.

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I have no idea how people are able to differentiate headphone burn in from brain burn in.

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Just making a silly observation on the unimportance of burn-in prior to listening :p

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Originally Posted by NewWaveAudio View Post

They sound great it's probably the environment. During the morning I'm at home and during the day I'm at school

 

Yeah, that might have something to do with it. I mean school is probably much noisier than home, that might affect your perception of the sound.

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