If burn-in is real, are there any manufacturers that sell pre-burned drivers?
Jun 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 17

Dongle

Head-Fier
Joined
May 4, 2013
Posts
53
Likes
14
I would think an audio-engineer would know definitively if burn-in were a real phenomena. They'd probably use laser beams to measure the distance a driver traveled right after manufacture and again after 100 hours of use as well as how the sound wave looks in something like a
 Bruel & Kjaer HATS Type 4128C at 0 hours vs 100 hours.

It seems to me if post-burn in were a valuable characteristic, high end manufactures would be using it as a selling point. Who knows? Maybe it's not... let's not assume by default that one "earns" something by letting sound play through their headphones for hours on end. It could very well be that low frequencies become more apparent as the driver stretches and loosens at the expense of high frequency resolution.



 
 
Jun 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM Post #4 of 17

Origin89

500+ Head-Fier
Joined
Aug 21, 2012
Posts
757
Likes
22
I don't know that I would want an already burned in headphone. Sort of like a new pair of shoes that gets more comfortable the more you use it, I wouldn't want anyone else doing that for me. I like the idea of working my headphones in with my own listening habits. Some people might dig it though. 
 
Jun 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM Post #6 of 17

bgtrance

Head-Fier
Joined
Sep 16, 2012
Posts
64
Likes
15
My first headphone I bought was the Sony MDR-V6s.  They sounded really bad out of the box but after 4 days the sound quality picked up quite a bit.  
 
Jun 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM Post #7 of 17

nihontoman

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Jul 6, 2012
Posts
1,601
Likes
128
even for the highest end headphone's burn in at the factory would be one of the stupidest things manufacturers could do to loose their money... who will pay 50$ premium just because their headphone has been playing for a week non-stop? just think about it :)
 
Jun 14, 2013 at 12:57 AM Post #8 of 17

abvolt

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
May 19, 2013
Posts
1,749
Likes
333
Location
California
I don't know any thing about the science of burn-in but I can tell you from experience that it makes a difference in sound quality, I just got my ps500's the first week they were really nice sounding by the third week they sounded awesome and I mean a lot better, So their must be something true about burn-in.
 
Jun 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM Post #9 of 17
Joined
Jan 4, 2008
Posts
17,281
Likes
10,650
Location
Fukuoka, Japan
Stax run their drivers for two weeks before shipping them.
 
Jun 14, 2013 at 8:42 PM Post #10 of 17

Beagle

His body's not a canvas, and he wasn't raised by apes.
Joined
Jun 29, 2001
Posts
8,615
Likes
2,434
Jun 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM Post #11 of 17

abvolt

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
May 19, 2013
Posts
1,749
Likes
333
Location
California
It may even be a figment of my own imagination who really knows I guess. But it sure sounds real.
 
Jun 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM Post #12 of 17

meyner

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Mar 2, 2013
Posts
259
Likes
15
if i remember correct the stax 009 run pink noise through them for a long time before shipping. It is done as quality control/final checkup to ensure nothing is wrong with the headphones before shipping them out. 
 
Jun 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM Post #13 of 17

White Lotus

Reviewer for Stereo.net.au
Joined
Mar 10, 2010
Posts
3,344
Likes
876

Quote:
Pro Audio Engineer here. Burn in is real.

!!

 
If you've some scientific proof of this, the science forum would love to hear from you.

I too, am an audio engineer, as are a lot of the members of the sound science sub-forum - we would absolutely love to hear from you. Come on over and start a thread! 

 
Jun 15, 2013 at 3:10 AM Post #14 of 17

kamcok

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 24, 2009
Posts
454
Likes
184
i think it depends on the gear you are using
i have the fxz 100, akg k271 mk ii and creative aurvana live. the sound for the CAL and akg didn't change over time but the fxz 100 had better control of the bass certainly after burned in for hundreds of hours.
it's something you have to experience yourself to believe i think.
 
Jun 15, 2013 at 3:15 AM Post #15 of 17

White Lotus

Reviewer for Stereo.net.au
Joined
Mar 10, 2010
Posts
3,344
Likes
876
I know with the Fischer FA-003/Brainwavz HM5, the pads are quite stiff. Over time (with lots of use) they become softer, and bring the drivers closer to your ears.

These are headphones that are said to "greatly benefit from burn-in". 
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top