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Am thinking of getting the Sennheiser HD 600... I have read different opinions on Break-In Length Of Time. Some said 200 Hours and one said 1K to 2K Hours...

Would like to know your personal experiences with Break-In Times...

Thank you... :) 

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Personally I don't make a huge ordeal about burn in.  I'll play some moderately loud, bass heavy music for a day or so when I am not listening but thats about as far as I'll go with it.

 

V6 => HD600 is a pretty drastic jump.  Two very different sounding headphones IMHO.

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Thank you... I will try your suggestions... :)

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Originally Posted by RadioWonder737 View Post

Am thinking of getting the Sennheiser HD 600... I have read different opinions on Break-In Length Of Time. Some said 200 Hours and one said 1K to 2K Hours...
Would like to know your personal experiences with Break-In Times...
Thank you... smily_headphones1.gif 

I agree with kramer5150 and do the same thing. A couple of days of bass heavy music at moderately loud volumes is all I do in most instances as well.
post #5 of 11

If I decide to burn in headphones, I usually play white noise from here

http://www.head-fi.org/t/466827/free-burn-in-files

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I finally found the Amazon post on these headphones...

Quote about Break-In Times...

http://www.amazon.com/review/R11YV36ZBMIPV9/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00004SY4H#wasThisHelpful

 

"Phase 1 break in: 400.34 hrs of loud music (do not use white noise). Any dynamic track from Fleetwood Mack's 'Rumours' album would be suitable; 'Second-hand News' is particularly efficacious. If you can get hold of the Stranglers 'Always the Sun' or, better still, 'Skin Deep' mores the better. If you are afeared of contaminating your phones with pop ectc use a classical music track- you are looking for a piece with wide dynamics, rather than the wall of sound produced by a full orchestral piece. Remember though, the volume must be loud, loud, loud to realise a full phase one break in. Don't ***** foot around or you will never break in your Sen HDs. Purists may like to run the phones just fairly loud for a few days prior to doing the Phase 1 break in- I would!

The diaphram assemblys of the Sen HDxxxs are incredably flimsy and light (that's why the phones sound so good). They are not like those in the traditional bullet-proof studio monitoring cans of the past. So a few words of caution: never put a continuous signal, hum white noise, whistles, sine waves, etc, at very high volume through your phones for more than a few seconds or you will be in danger of overheating the voice coils and the phones will never sound right again. Some high end DACamps can push out serious welly. While on the subject of caution, look at my comments about temperature, humidity etc over at Amazon UK.

Phase 2 break in: 4300.62 hrs of fairly loud music (normal listening).:o2smile:

Think of the Sen HDs as a fine wine; at first it tastes like pee, but after maturing for a few years... Be discrete though because, during the phase 1 break in you will be pumping significant amounts of energy into the atmosphere over a relatively long period and the global warming police (GWP) are everywhere."

 

So,this person recommends a total of 4700.96 Hours Break-In... About 196 Days or 6.5 Months of Music,24/7... :beyersmile:

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Funny that's it's hashtagged "was this helpful."

Except for K701 and its variants, only one of the models I've tried over the years has needed more than 100 hours. Most are broken in by the 75 hour mark but I tend to do 100 to be on the safe side of nagging doubt. I've had very good results alternating between music (e.g., Mahler and Metallica) and pink noise. Only Mikros 90 required a complicated process using cello music and white noise.
post #8 of 11

Can I see a pick of your v6?

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

Funny that's it's hashtagged "was this helpful."

Except for K701 and its variants, only one of the models I've tried over the years has needed more than 100 hours. Most are broken in by the 75 hour mark but I tend to do 100 to be on the safe side of nagging doubt. I've had very good results alternating between music (e.g., Mahler and Metallica) and pink noise. Only Mikros 90 required a complicated process using cello music and white noise.

That echoes my experience. The only other headphones I felt needed a 100 hours or so of break-in were the JVC carbon nano tube headphones.

Otherwise, I think that out of the box, most headphones (and speakers) exhibit some break-in the first hour or two, and then the rest another 20 or 30 hours. That makes sense because, as it was explained to me by a speaker designer, speakers (and headphones) are always breaking in throughout their life, but the amount of break-in per the amount of use rapidly decreases.

So I don't doubt that the V6 did exhibit some breakin at 4000 hours vs brand new or 100 hours. How someone could know that boggles my mind, though, as whose audio memory is that reliable? LOL
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Can I see a pick of your v6?

New Beyerdynamics Velor ear cushions installed November 30, 2010... I hope you are on Facebook...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=180674858611992&set=a.108366742509471.15321.100000084368905&type=3&theater

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Can I see a pick of your v6?

New Beyerdynamics Velor ear cushions installed November 30, 2010... Just what these tired old 1985 V6s needed... ;) 

 
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