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Test tones for burn-in?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
I found an old cd of mine that has a ton of test tones. Would this be any better than just running the radio thru my 325s?
post #2 of 31
Probably not.

I'd say the best way to go about a burn in is to just play some music that you'd listen to on repeat overnight, and from then on just listen to them normally.

Even then, all you need to do is just listen to the headphones a lot, you'll hear them change over time anyway. The last person around here that ran test tones through their headphones ended up damaging them I think, but they also went a bit overboard in terms of volume and time.
post #3 of 31
Pink noise might not be a bad idea, just play it at your normal listening volume, or just music you normally listen to. I don't think test tones will give an adequate workout for the diaphragms at all possible frequencies.
post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
Music it is, then!
post #5 of 31
The only thing is, make sure it's full-range (I.E. the entire frequency spectrum). Otherwise you're not going to get fully broken in.
post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
"The only thing is, make sure it's full-range (I.E. the entire frequency spectrum). Otherwise you're not going to get fully broken in."


What would you recommend, Dusty Chalk?
post #7 of 31
Since you didn't ask the community, you don't get the benefit of ALL our knowledge.

And you hurt my feelings.
post #8 of 31
I say shove our opinions at him whether he likes it or not!

Well if you want full range, white noise / pink noise is actually not such a bad choice (and it rhymes )
post #9 of 31
Put on the test tone that your television station broadcasts at sign off (when color bars are on) as loud as you possibly can for as long as you possibly can.

P.S. Break in only works while you actually have your cans on your ears.
post #10 of 31
Is that some sick joke or what?
post #11 of 31
Thread Starter 
"Put on the test tone that your television station broadcasts at sign off (when color bars are on) as loud as you possibly can for as long as you possibly can."


Ok... lemmie see,


1. It's a 1k tone. I work for a post house in Nashville & hear it every freakin day.

2. I've read enough here to know that those who go with burn-in say not much louder than what you could normally stand.

3. U live in the boondocks or trailer park, cajun-----t? Virtually no station goes to bars & tone at night anymore. Most of them are paid interstitials or what is called paid programming. Do you get bars & tone in the trailer park? Just curious.
post #12 of 31
Low frequency test tones seem to be a fast and dirty way of burning in phones, especially ones that you consider to be bass-shy.

e.g. some people (er, one? ) had reported fantastic results burning in a pair of AKG K501 with a THX bass test CD.

If you go that route, be sure not to turn the volume up too loud. (we can't hear low-freq tones all that well anyway so even if you turn the volume knob up you can't hear a loud bass tone. If you do hear a loud sound it's likely to be just distortion...)
post #13 of 31
I wouldn't crow too loud about trailer parks, seeing that you are from Nashville. How's the wife/sister?

P.S. I live in Los Angeles and work for DirecTV in the largest broadcast center in the world. We handle local station signals for the top 50 markets in the U.S. About one quarter of them go to bars and tones every night and about half of them go to bars and tones weekly for routine maintainence.

Boy.

ADDED LATER: My tone appeared a bit confrontational. Don't mean to sound like a jerk. I enjoy a good slag fest from time to time, but people can take it the wrong way.
post #14 of 31
Thread Starter 
Heehee! That's what happens when you read posts laaate at night! What do you do at DirectTV canjunchrist? On the tech side or other? I used to work for Qwest which at one time wanted/tried to do what DirectTV has done so well. They focused on the web instead... that's why I'm no longer there. I'm an assistant/edit supervisor for Music City Digital. You've probably ran across a few of the programs we've produced. We've done specials for Secret Garden, a FArm Aid, couple of years of the Dove Awards, James Last (don't ask unless you're European). Currently we're working on a Jim Brickman special. Yeah... I'm not a fan, but he makes us money!
post #15 of 31

burn in... don't touch the volume!

Pop in your favorite album and set it on repeat.
*you might want to change to your second favorite album the next day, and so fourth for about a week or two, have fun.
Oh and why let it play to the air, pop your cans on your head and listen at the same time, no sense in wasting music.
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