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So my audiotechnica ATH M50s are coming tomorrow, and i read a lot about how the sound better after about 40 hours of burn in. Is there any music/noise that i should use to do this properly, or will any type do? Basically, how do i burn them in?
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by pangolinman;13474050 
So my audiotechnica ATH M50s are coming tomorrow, and i read a lot about how the sound better after about 40 hours of burn in. Is there any music/noise that i should use to do this properly, or will any type do? Basically, how do i burn them in?

Here: http://www.burninwave.com/
post #3 of 11
Any music will work, just make sure its at a comfortable listening level before starting burn in. You could also use pink noise.

It might be fun listening to how they change over time though.

EDIT* These forums might be of use to you, I recently bought my first pair of audiophile headphones from suggestions I received there.

Make sure you download some songs in FLAC to really make them standout.
Edited by KruperTrooper - 5/11/11 at 11:10pm
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post #4 of 11
Dubstep.
post #5 of 11
I'm not sure if burning in headphones is the same as speakers, but with speakers the "break-in" or "burn-in" phase is based on two things:
1) To allow the electrical components to reach their usable level, so you can play full sound without damaging specific internal components in the speaker.
2) To allow the physical driver to have moved around and basically become slightly more used to playing music / stretched out.

An easy way to burn anything in is just to leave low-mid level music running on a loop. Pick a diverse soundtrack.
    
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post #6 of 11
Honestly there isn't much "burn-in". Perhaps some very slight changes but nothing drastic. What's more important is you getting used to the sound signature of the device. So just listen to them and enjoy them!
post #7 of 11
i had to burn in my sennheiser ie8s..they changed dramasticly, around 200 hours is good
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I always advise people to let it occur naturally, you'll appreciate the changes more.
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post #9 of 11
"Burn in" is mostly just a psychoacoustic phenomena that occurs when your brain adjusts to the new sound. Frequency response might change a bit in the first hours of listening but this change is miniscule compared to other factors. This is moreso true for headphones - larger speaker woofers undergo far greater changes in electrical/physical properties due to their size and construction materials. Use them normally, enjoy them, and they will "burn-in" naturally. There is absolutely no evidence that a special burn-in signal will do the job "better".
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i did about 20 hours of white noise and then dubstep for like 30 hours.
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