Burn in loudspeaker cable. And certainly, a very debated subject. The overall feeling is that yes there is a burn-in or break-in period for all types of cables. And I would also like to say at this point there is also a burn-in or break-in period for anything having electrical components!
Burn in loudspeaker cable
Let me first explain not all people hearing is the same. And some people suffer from hearing deficiencies and have hearing loss at specific frequencies. Also, working in high noise areas or as a result of an injury causes these problems. And there are also things like wax build-up and fluid build-up in ears. Also, a person does not hear the difference between a new cable and a cable that has been “burned” or broken in.
I can only tell you what I know from my last Twenty years of experience with Audio cables from the costly 10,000 USD cables down to the modest 50 USD cables. And yes they all need to be “Burned” in to give the sound intended.
This very easy to do because as all you have to do is plug the cable into the mains power outlet and leave it there. And switch on your CD player T/T and your amplifier and let it play for 24 hours.
The initial period to hear a difference and then you will listen to another change after about a week of constant use and then is about 24 hours. And after about a month of continuous use you will hear another change. Also it is interesting to go back to the untreated power cord and plug it in to compare with the burned in a power cord. By doing this, you will be surprised how the sound has changed over the past few days and weeks.
Again this is very easy to do because all you have to do is connect the interconnects from your source (CD player/Turntable/DVD player/DAC/media player). And plug the other end into your Amplifier. Follow the same procedure as for the power cord. And one thing to remember is that once you have connected your cables, they must stay in the same direction.
It is best to mark the direction with tape. Suppose are not marked by the manufacturer. It is also a good idea to remove the cables for a clean every three months. As, this helps, remove static build-up from the connections.
Again very easy as you simply do the same thing as for the other cables. And you just connect your amplifier out terminals to the loudspeaker in terminals and follow the same procedure as above.
It is also essential to mark which way the cables go (direction of flow) because they must place in the same order. Again it is advisable to remove the cables for an anti-static spray and terminal clean every two to three months to remove microscopic build up which has occurred on the terminals.
You need to understand the reality of cable Burn in because it can make or break a system sound if not done correctly. Also, if cables, not looked after, they will not allow your system to sound the way that it should!
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