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Breaking-in headphones, the final verdict!

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by han bao quan, Mar 7, 2012.
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  1. Han Bao Quan
    So, I'm not sure if anyone has posted this, but Tyll over at Innerfidelity did an article on breaking-in headphones. It's quite an interesting read.

    So there you have it. 
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  2. Head Injury
    I think it's safe to assume that a two month old article on such a controversial topic by as well respected and well known a man as Tyll on site that's very useful for objective data has already been discussed quite a bit.
  3. musicisthekey
    I believe in a headphone breaking-in. In my experience, it can take somewhere between 50-100 hours depending on the cans.
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  4. Chris J

    I guess that explains why so many Head-fi-ers swear that their headphones really do break in.
  5. Head Injury

    It's been discussed, doesn't mean it's been taken to heart.
  6. Chris J

    Get out there, start evangelizing!
  7. Magick Man
    It isn't as cut-and-dried as you want to think. From the same article:

    As he says, I've never heard night and day differences, but I have heard subtle changes with regards to speakers and headphones (none with amps, cables, or anything else). With some moving-coil headphones, the changes in the diaphragm are more obvious as time goes by. It varies depending on design and size, I suppose.
    Kuh-Fi likes this.
  8. fatcat28037 Contributor
    IMO you should just buy them and put them on your head and enjoy the music.
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  9. Ser182
    All electronics go through burn in. Some cans more than others see improvements. Some have been broken in longer during production. I am breaking in new cans now. I have a pair that I bought back in November and they sound very different than the new pair. Very different.
  10. lazyredhead
    tell me if i'm right

    when you break it in, it's mainly the loosing up of moving parts. like if you keep bending a wire it becomes more flexible
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  11. xnor

    Nope, if the diaphragm and voice coil in a headphone driver loosen up it's broken. Headphone drivers are not like loudspeaker drivers, there's no big movement, actually there's hardly any movement at all unless you really crank the volume.
  12. cdnaudiophile
    Sorry but the he contradicts himself here:

  13. xnor

    I bet one can hear differences even between a non-burned-in white (K701) and another non-burned-in K701 pair. Every headphone measures differently even if it's from the same model range.
    What I'm saying is that for this test it didn't matter if the green pair was burned in or not, audible differences are there regardless. Therefore, this test doesn't proof that burn-in causes audible differences.
    Btw: I'm repeating myself here, this has been discussed before.
  14. dustdevil
    Is it possible that he can see which pair he is wearing by the reflection on the monitor of the notebook? 
  15. bowei006 Contributor
    I believe in subtle differences, and your ear getting used to the sound signature of the headphone's as well as your music being played ON that headphone. It's a combonation of all of those including using your headphone's with different devices that may cause such a large perception of change as burn in. 
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