Originally Posted by CDLehner
Wow; when I saw this topic posted, I thought...that's flame-bait, if ever I saw it, lol. But it seems to be pretty civil so far.
It's a tough subject for me; one I'm really on the fence about. I put it in the "it can't hurt" category; it can't hurt...just in case it allows the new speakers to sound their best...for me to run some music, 24/7 for a number of hours. But I agree; anyone who's listening
during that time...has a far more likely chance, that their ears
are changing than their speakers. I usually take a quick listen...as I'm human; then just run different program material...give it some decent volume when I can (to me, it's like stretching before a workout; you don't want to push too hard too fast...but you need to get the "muscles" moving), and let things run for a certain number of hours before I'll sit down to do any critical
listening. To me...about a week, or 5-7 x ~20 hours a day, ought to be enough for just about any speaker.
Over the past 6 years, I've owned 4 pairs of Dynaudio monitors. Dyns are known to notoriously need a lot of break-in. I've heard some speakers...like the C1; might even pay dividends as things exceed 200 hours or so. I've even heard Dyn guys say...if you're listening during that time; you might even hear them open-up, then close-off...then open-up again, during that long break-in. IDK about all that. It's fine if that's someone's experience; and I will say that I think Dyn makes excellent drivers. I think Dyn's small, 6.5" drivers make pretty good bass for their size. If that means, they are built with very tight polymers...that are made to stretch, and really extend the excursion over time; I guess the whole break-in thing makes sense. As I said; I'm on the fence, but I don't really think it matters. There's no right or wrong here; no one ever got hurt by believing in break-in.
I find the psychology
much more fascinating; and agree with the above assertion from Arny 100%. I'm an audiophile, that listens to many
genres; much of it, very un
-audiophile. Lo-fi, alt, noise-core (or whatever you'd label bands like Swans, GY!BE, Melvins, etc). But when I get new speakers...I tend to break out the good stuff, AQ-wise. You know: Alison Krauss, Diana Krall; all the audiophile darlings. Don't get me wrong; I'll listen to some other genres as well (like Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation Of
...is a demo favorite). But, of course...I'm searching through my collection for the good-sounding stuff. Who wants to size their new speakers up, listening to lo-fi sh*t...even if it's what you might listen to otherwise. But...after the honeymoon, I need to force myself to break-out the day-in/day-out stuff. In addition to knowing what speakers sound like at their best
...it's equally important, IMO, to know what they'll sound like at their worst
In fact, it was this disparity...that lead to me dropping a very good speaker; in the Dynaudio Special 25. Fed the good stuff...the 25 can really shine. Really
big bass, for its size (at least it sounded
that way to me; let's not get into a measurements war here
); good sizzle, when you wanted it. It was probably the best Rock
"audiophile" speaker I've ever heard. You know...if you're the type of 'phile that needs to crank the Zep, Floyd, Heads, et al; when you're done with Alison and Diana. However...man was it revealing; read: sounded like sh*t, when fed the "bad" stuff. The 25 defenders say you have to really system match, which is cool; and then, really shape your room around it. While I'm fine with the idea that room treatment pays big dividends...I don't feel like a room should have to correct
a speaker. Enhance
, sure; but if you have
to treat your room a lot, just to keep speakers from sounding like crap...that's the tail wagging the dog IMO.
Anyway, that's my 3-cents (and for the record...I'm certainly not bashing Special 25s. Great speakers; just not right for everyone, all systems, and all tastes. And again...all I'm saying is, they don't handle less than stellar audio as well as some. For many, that won't even be an issue; and for others...they want
revealing. Warts and all). Good topic...and you guys are doing a good job keeping it on-track.