Originally Posted by sivadselim
Why? Not sure why you would assume that. There are certainly many examples of products that are released in successive generations that are inferior to those products in the prior generations.
Not very many in my experience. 99% of what is inside a CDP, game unit, or DVD player is really just a computer chip. They get better, faster, smaller, yet cheaper year after year. This is why you can buy a discman for $29 now yet they were once hundreds and hundred of dollars.
Also, it is my personal belief that modern day transistorized, solid-state electronics do not benefit in performance by prior burn-in or to be left on 24/7 as mentioned in the MSNBC review. This is a myth perpetuated in many "stereophile" type publications which I consider to be BS. Reading such BS then makes me question other aspects of the review's validity.
Mechanical devices such as motors, geared mechanisms, my knees etc. may benefit from "warming up" and getting greased up/lubricated etc., but electrons flowing through copper wires and silicon chips don't care. Storage capacitors may take a second to charge, operating systems a few more to "boot", but saying the sound quality is better or different by leaving it on 24/7 is a joke, in my book.
P.S. Some say the company that "discovered" the miraculous benefits of an 8 day break-in period for their product, first, came with a 7 day money back guarantee.