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Burning In Headphones
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Burning In Headphones

Many people claim that when they buy new electronic items like television sets, radios, speakers or headphones, the quality of sound and other intangible parameters of performance of the gadget seem to get better with time. Take for example headpones; many users swear by the quality of sound that they get after a couple of hours of use of their brand new headphones. But if they were asked to rate the headphone quality minutes after their purchase versus the quaility of the sound aftera few hours of usage, the answer would have been drastically different.

The reason for the above stated phenomenon is something known as ‘burning in’ the headphones. Just like you would ‘break into’ a new pair of shoes, similar analogy applies to headphones. It is ‘believed’ by many that the headphones sound better than when heard brand new if they are burned in.

For long now it has been debated whether burning in of headphones is a fact or just a myth. There are diverse views on the phenomenon of ‘burning in’ headphones. There are some who refute the idea of same headphones giving different quality over time, while others recommend and practice leaving brand new headphones working for hours before they start using it.

The faction of audiophiles who advocate ‘burning in’ of headphones agree unanimously that sound quality of the headphone improves considerably. The burning in of headphones extends the diaphragm of the newly built headphone and also puts the drivers to use at length. There are eve some experiments that state it has been proven that nuances of sound like tone and frequency improve with the usage of headphones. Thus, if you are targeting excellent quality of sound from the headphones you may want to practice the art of burning in.

There are many ways in which you can burn in your headphones. The most common method is to run different kind of music through your headphones. White noise, pink noise, radio noise and heavy bass metal music are the favorite to burn in the headphones. Though, care should be taken not to play music at very loud volume as it may cause damage to the headphones.

Many people also leave their headphones in the sock drawer or under a pillow while the headphones are burning in. It is always considered good practice to play a variety of music while the headphones are burning in as this will expose the headphones to a wider audio spectrum. Thus, there are many unique ways of burning in the headphones.

Another reason why burning in of headphones is considered to improve the sound quality over time is that the foam around the earphones tends to mold into the desired and unique form for each user. Thus this creates better channel for the frequencies to transmit and results in better performance.

The burning in of headphones has been debated for a long time now and both the parties of opposing views on this have been actively trying to bring out the truth behind it. The choice, yet, remains solely with the end user and the way he or she chooses to treat the brand new headphones is solely his choice.


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Good info, thanks. I guess I never thought about this aspect.

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