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OK before this even begins.. STOP!
Many myths have existed for many years and while I am sure heated debate will arise I want to ask everyone to respect the rules of these forums. Act civilized. State your point of view, be open to other peoples point of view and hopefully we can at least UNDERSTAND where people are coming from and not just arguing for the sheer joy of it.
I guess I will start.
HEADPHONE and SPEAKER BURN-IN
A topic that comes up for me pretty often and yes.. I do think something happens when you take a BRAND NEW off the assembly line moving driver dynamic speaker with suspensions and surrounds and webbing and run it for X hours. Now I am not saying you have to do this. It may not even benefit you or if there is a change it might be so small it isn't worth even thinking about. But Physics dictates if a precision device has a job of moving hundredths of a millimeter then I expect if it gets used initially then the moving fabric, foam and rubber parts may stretch and wear and perform differently then bone dry stock parts that have never moved before.
So can it be real? I say yes. Can it be measured. It should be possible. Is it worth fighting over? Of course not. Many people attribute the change you "hear" during burn-in to the human ear simply adapting to the sound. Like listening to a tone for long enough that it disappears. But my usual advice is .. "If you like it out of the box, enjoy" I usually just put headphone and speakers I dislike though the hours of hard running, away from my ears and then assess later.

I will let you guys take over the next topic, Tone Arms, Headphone Cables, Interconnects, Cable Risers, Tubes..
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PoorFiBoris
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Dec 31, 2020
I believe it's likely material dependent. I've noticed by Audio-Technica ATH-AD900X's HAVE gotten better over time. There used to be some rattle and distortion in the mid-bass that has seemingly dissipated over time with increased used. I wouldn't say they sound better, but little oddities like that have ironed themselves out with proper burn-in. But I would say it really depends on the material the driver is fabricated from; metallic drivers for example shouldn't have any benefit from break-in. So my guess is that it's sometimes beneficial, but not always. Your mileage may vary.
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Adam11
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Jan 3, 2020
Does he sing?
Adam11
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Jan 3, 2020
Hi to everyone
Motorrad
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Dec 31, 2019
Myth: if someone has a YouTube channel and thousands of subscribers, they must know what they are talking about.
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Motorrad
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Jan 18, 2020
I'm pretty certain that there's no reason I would ever watch a how to set up a theater tutorial from Zeos. His reviews are about as accurate as a horoscope. If someone keeps talking, chances are they'll be correct at some point. That being said, he's still more correct than Oluv.
LuckyLuke575
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Jan 18, 2020
He just rants and raves and throws a lot of super subjective opinions mixed in with jokes and nonsense. And a lot of the time it felt like watching a vanity channel because he spends half the time pointing out all the gear he has. At the most, he is a half decent source for discovering new gear that's breaking into the market as he tends to get and review stuff pretty quick. I find Joshua Valor to be a way better source for info; he has way better production and visuals, and he really tries to give a comprehensive, objective and professional review of the gear. I've found that I agree with his assessments on all the gear I either own or have listened to IRL.
titaniumtv
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Sep 18, 2019
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GuitarStruck
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Aug 14, 2019
Question: I've read that if you play headphones continuously for over 4 or 5 hours, that can damage the headphones, at least with certain amp designs. Something about the components overheating. Is this true? Doesn't make much sense to me.
If you stay within the max power rating you will be just fine. The power rating usually results in deafening volume levels that you could not sustain for 4-5 hours at a time. Now cheap headphones may grossly overstate their maximum input power and die from being overdriven but that does not translate to properly designed products with valid specifications.
Mowgli66
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May 13, 2019
ANY dynamic driver will looses up and sound better after a while. While working in the business for 30 years, I have had many opportunities to experience that difference first-hand. Some drivers don't need muc, but some reuire a very long time. Pink noise generator run at low, but incresing volume was what I found the best way.
sszorin
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Aug 14, 2019
loosens up
VixxZ
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Jan 2, 2020
How is it like with other types of driver? Such as BA, planars, electrostats, ribbons?
wireal
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May 9, 2019
my hd559 sounded like crap in the first 10 hours it had thupn base and crap. like a 10$ headphone. it was way worse than my HD449 then it balanced out. and sounds great now! with the hd 6xx in the other hand there was no burn in.
Adam11
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Jan 3, 2020
J;l only
Adam11
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Jan 3, 2020
Only. Jbl
TheRequiem
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May 9, 2019
Some brands burin in their units in the factory. Look at Audeze.
Adam11
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Jan 3, 2020
emkay
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Apr 18, 2019
I tested the whole burn-in thing on my own ears, now I'm deaf. Saved me a fortune.
VixxZ
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Jan 2, 2020
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