Do you "burn in" your headphones.

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  1. beany boy macrumors 6502

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    Lots of difference of opinion on this. I asked about my V-Moda M100's on their Facebook page and got this reply:

    It never hurts. We suggest playing some "pink noise" through the headphones for about 10 hours. You can let this video play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXtimhT-ff4
     
  2. J.C macrumors 6502

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    Running sound through the headphones for 10 hours doesn't hurt them... they're correct there. No need to plug them in, however. Psychologically, it's the 10 hour wait that does it.
     
  3. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    I did a 1 week review of the Bose SoundLink on-ear wireless and Beats Solo 2 wireless. Out of the box the Beats sounded very good; lots of solid bass although the mids were/are a bit recessed due to the bass.

    Bose out of the box sounded very flat. After about 12 hours of listening they opened up very nicely. Now have a very clear/clean soundstage and deep/clear bass. Mids are balanced as well.
     
  4. FieldingMellish Suspended

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    Personal audio specialist site Headfi.org has threads that go on endlessly about the subject of burn in, believers and non-believers.
     
  5. Xultar macrumors 6502a

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    I scored some HKs in ear on a deal. I think they were regularly $60. I got them for 17.99 from their site a few weeks ago. When I got them, I HATED THEM. I only played them for a few minutes before I decided the sound was awful. They sounded lifeless, quite dead in fact.

    I've never heard of this burn in thing. But I'm going to try it and report back. I'd love it if the sound changed for the better on the HKs.
     
  6. boast macrumors 65816

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    I had done this with my audio technica ad700, and noticed a difference in bass.
     
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Unless the headphones aren't used at all they burn in one way or another. I don't use a specific burn in process like playing X for Y time. I just use the headphones. They burn in with use.
     
  8. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Exactly. If burn-in is real, it will happen through use. If it's bogus, it won't happen.

    No need to try and burn them in, it will either happen or it won't.
     
  9. meistervu macrumors 65816

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    For burn in to work, you have to listen to your headphone for the burn in period. What you are doing is burning in your brain, not the headphone. You see, most hearing happens in the brain, and you are conditioning your brain to the new headphone. And to do it properly, you have to play Barry Manilow.

    Reminds me of a Seinfeld episode about muffin tops. You can't just bake muffin tops - you have to bake whole muffins and then remove the bottom.
     
  10. technosix macrumors 6502a

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    Mine only take 9.75 hrs. Is that too little? :eek:
     
  11. Xultar macrumors 6502a

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    OK here are my findings...

    2 exact set of HK in ear bought at the same time from HK.

    One used for about 10 mins, another brand new still with the cord secured by a tie.

    The one that had been opened I tried and didn't like at all so I decided to just put them both away just in case I needed an extra set.

    I played 12 hrs of music into the previously opened pair and left them at home on my desk.

    When I returned last night I tried out the 'burned in pair'. They did sound better than I remembered.

    Then I tried the non 'burned-in' pair.

    They both sounded the same. Better than I remembered initially in December.

    I think it is a brain thing. Also, users need to make sure they seat the headphones properly in their ear...on their ear, or over their ear. To make sure they receive the best sound consistently.
     
  12. Xeridionix macrumors regular

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    Not really, I just plug them in and start enjoying them at my convenience.
     
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  14. shawnpuerto macrumors member

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    I just use them... I don't take any extra steps...
     
  15. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    I think we all do, but for me (on my Bose) the break-in period had a noticeable effect on the overall sound.
     
  16. 501STF macrumors newbie

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    Headphones/earphones don't burn in but your ears do.
    Just keep using them if you like the initial sound, your ears will adjust.
     
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  18. scott99 macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, I love those Bose Soundlink on-ear wireless. GREAT headphones. Mine sounded great out of the box, so if they sound even better after 12 hours, I'll be even happier with my purchase.
     
  19. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    They sure did for me. Good luck.

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    The last paragraph says it all. If you don't like your headphone purchase, burn-in or not, return them!
     
  20. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    I used to burn in my headphones ;) but not the way you guys are talking about it. I think I would fall asleep if I tried to do it for 10 hours.
     
  21. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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  22. Traverse macrumors 603

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    I just take my Apple EarPods out of the case and use them....
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  23. Amigaman macrumors regular

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    I usually plug them into my iPhone or my MacBook Pro and run audio through them for 10-20 hours. I'm 90% certain it's nothing more than the placebo effect, but I do it anyway. lol
     

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