Burn-in for audio cables, is it fact or fiction? And, I would like to state there is also a burn-in or break-in period for anything having electrical components. It is to do with the actual cable you use as when new has no directionality.
Burn-in for audio cables
And, by running a current through it for a few days gives it a direction and straightens out all the obstructions. But, as with everything on this earth, you have to try for your self. And, you will hear the difference after only a few days, because ‘Burn-in’ is essential, and certainly not fiction!
Every person hears things differently. And, Some people suffer from hearing deficiencies or have hearing loss at specific frequencies. Every person’s head is a different shape and size, which alters the connection channels from the inner ear to the outer ear. There are also things like wax build-up and fluid build-up in the ears. They are changing the efficiency of a persons’ hearing ability, as the sounds are transmitted from the outer ear to the inner ear. So, let us assume that you have sufficient hearing and you have an audio system you are happy with but wish to Burn-in for audio cables.
The Power cord is very easy to do and looks after it’self. All you do is plug the cable into the mains power outlet. Switch on your CD player and amplifier and let it play for 24 hours. That is the initial period required to hear a difference. And you certainly will hear changes in your sound, and then you will listen to another change after about a week of constant use. After listening for about a month of continuous service, you will again hear how the cables are allowing more information to reach your ears. It is always interesting to go back to an untreated power cable, plug it in just to compare with the burned in a power cable. And, you will be surprised how the sound has changed over the past few days and weeks.
A pair of Interconnect cables are again very easy to ‘Burn-in’. All you have to do is connect the interconnects from your CD player to your Amplifier. And, follow the same procedure as for the power cord. You certainly will hear changes in your sound. And you will listen to another change after about a week of constant use. But, one thing to remember is that once you have connected your cables, they must stay in the same direction because the direction is the key to getting the best sound.
A pair of Loudspeaker cables are just as easy to burn-in. Connect your CD player to your amplifier and the amplifier out terminals to the loudspeaker in terminals. And, follow the same procedure as you did for the Interconnect cables. Again, It is essential to mark which way the cables go (direction of flow. Because if you ever remove the cables, you must replace the cables the same order and direction as they were removed. Again it is advisable to remove the cables for an antistatic spray and terminal clean. Every two to three months, as this will remove the microscopic build-up and assist with Burn-in for audio cables.
You need to understand the reality of the audio cable Burn in. And it can make or break a system sound if not done correctly. Also, if your cables are not looked after and kept clean and static-free a problem. And use an Antistatic agent by spraying lightly over everything. And guess what, you hear the actual sound of the music.
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And I want to say how important it is to burn in an audio cable. And one of the things I learned, is that it takes about 200 hours to burn in a cable!
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