What's Your Favorite Break-in Song?
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Want to know what song(s) you guys listen to when breaking in new headphones. Or in other words, what song is your absolute go-to when you get those new cans, IEMs or headphones? I'm just getting into higher-end gear myself so I'd love some recommendations. That, and branching out with music is always good. Spotify Playlist of all the suggested songs:
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🎧 Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/duncanhc/playlist/1yfaZ6CYaGHk8NB8QP0BkT?si=KZ9eVYyOS1y_SkJG0Qwheg

It's a collaborative playlist so feel free to add your tracks to the list.
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dcha12
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Aug 6, 2020
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My favorite way to "break-in" gear is.....to listen to it and enjoy. Seriously. There are a few products where a break-in period actually makes a difference. A brand-new ZMF Verite sounds noticeably different (and worse) than one that has been used for a while. Zach himself recommends I think 50-100 hours to let the drivers settle in. The OG Campfire Solaris sounds congested and blurry before it was burned in, where it then turned into ZOMFG awesomesauce. Break-in is probably actually a mix of your brain adjusting and the drivers settling. The degree of the latter depends a lot on the transducer; I don't think my Utopia has really changed. Nor my SR1a.
Aug 6, 2020
HamishtheDog
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May 31, 2020
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During the initial break in process, I set my source to play my entire library on random. I feel like having the diversity in music will put the headphones or speakers through every frequency and motion it will need to replicate through its lifespan. That being said, in order to test the equipment before, during and after the break in, I typically turn to one album: Syro by Aphex Twin. It is an album I’ve come to know and love, though I am not a big electronic music fan. The reason why this is my go to album is due to the excessively intricate, fast paced arrangements that present the entire frequency range, fast and slow, quiet and loud. Thus, it shows how well equipment can handle soundstage, instrument separation, freq response and detail. Poor equipment has nowhere to hide and will wind up a bloated soppy muddy mess of sound, whilst quality equipment can really shine through.
May 31, 2020
timmgoh
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May 22, 2020
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Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, some Lana Del Rey, a good amount of Linkin Park and bass-heavy hip-hop for good measure.
May 22, 2020
Wolfman038
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Apr 15, 2020
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My favs are, and probably always be Strobe by Deadmau5, Contact and Giorgio by Moroder by Daft Punk
Apr 15, 2020
Jacobyjones
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Jun 17, 2020
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MKBHD fan I see...
Jun 17, 2020
Migrationism
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Jan 8, 2020
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Mellatoba spank- Duke elington
Jan 8, 2020
ArsenicCatnip
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Jan 5, 2020
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>thinking break-in is real
Jan 5, 2020
Brutus64
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Dec 26, 2019
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I have an entire album. Graceland 25th Anniversary Deluxe.
Dec 26, 2019
WordsandMusic
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Nov 12, 2019
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I took the bait ($25 off) and got the HD6XX. After appropriate burn in, I'm finding the Silver Eye album from Goldfrapp very enjoyable, just as it is on the KZ ZS10 Pro. Good thumps, bumps, beats and bleeps.
Nov 12, 2019
RayceManyon
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May 30, 2020
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Excellent choice! I never hear her before. If your in the mood for something different try Jlin - Black Origami I think you may enjoy it.
May 30, 2020
LuckyLuke575
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Oct 12, 2019
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I use all the songs in my collection, because I don't artificially 'break-in' my headphones, although I wholeheartedly agree that headphone break-in is a thing (although I'm not sure if its something physical, or just familiarity and enjoyment developed through prolonged use). The case for physical break-in seems to be with dynamic headphones like the 6XX due to the design of the driver.
Oct 12, 2019
Jamescwz
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Sep 21, 2019
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Artemis - slow techno orchestra/ vocal start, crescendo into big bases with nice buts to look for resonance and that surround feel. https://open.spotify.com/track/2ngph70d77prjIvLtX5IMV?si=fOHzlFT0Qji6vTr8Qci4IQ
Sep 21, 2019
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