Do AKG 501's need to break-in?
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Do these headphones need to break in before they sound their best? Also, I am using a new SL-CT570 portable CD player. Does this need burn-in as well before it really sounds its best?


Overall, I am quite pleased with initial impressions but wonder how good it will get. Thanks Head-Fier's for all the advice.
 
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Do you have an amp to power them? Cuz out of that portable their gonna sound like turd no matter how long they burn-in for.
 
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Don't worry about burning them in. Just listen to them. Over time, the drivers and diaphragm or whatever will loosen up. Most headphones usually get better bass response with a warmer mid range over time.

If you happened to be a compulsive headphone hobbyist and insist on burning them in, I recommend using classical music with some good deep natural bass. I seem to get better results with classical music compared to electronic music. Don't crank them up too loud because you don't want to blow the drivers.

I don't own the AKG 501, but I figured the burning process is more or less the same for most headphones.
 
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Actually, I have a Cosmic on the way. I don't need more volume, just looking for a quality improvement I was quite surprised by the volume and quality w/o an amplifier, though.
 
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