Cable burn-in makes better

Cable burn-inCable burn-in makes better. It does not matter if the new cable is a Loudspeaker cable, an interconnect cable or a power cord. Each cable one needs a certain amount of playing time before it warms up so the listener is able to hear the correct sound. 

The system

A person spends a certain amount of money on an audio system and is very proud of the system but decides that he wants to make it sound better. This is normal and he has been told that the system will sound better with good quality audiophile cables.

This is where the problem starts. When the customer goes to an audio shop to listen to different types of cables then it must be understood, the cables that are on demonstration have been running for many hours and so have been burned in.

The audio system may have only been running for three months or even a year so every part of the system is fully burned in. The CD player, the amplifier, the Loudspeaker and the Interconnects and Loudspeaker cables and this is normal.

The time

We improve with age, as the saying goes but I will tell you, that time, is also the requirement for an audiophile cable to improve.  When an audiophile cable is first plugged in, either to the wall or a component then it needs to be used for at least twelve hours and this will allow the cable to become accustomed to having signals passed through it and will begin to sound better.

I have found from many years of listening to cables, there is another change after about twenty-four hours, and you can actually the changes much better. Seven to ten days later is the next period of time when you will expect to hear even more changes in the audio system sound. In some cases, the sound can even sound worse for a few hours or a day but this is all part of the burning in the process.

After about two weeks the cables will be nearly as good as you can expect but they do improve with age just like we do. If you listen to an audio cable a year old and an audio cable a month old then yes, you can hear the difference. Depending on the type of cable and the manufacture of the cable then a really big difference can be heard in some cases.

Conclusion

When performing Cable burn in it is import that you understand when a cable is first put into use, its directionality has not been established. The small impurities in the cable’s metal begin to act like a diode, favouring current flow in a particular direction. As the current continues to flow the signals passing through the metals are improved and the result is a better sounding cable.

When we supply our cables we have already given the cables a three-day burn-in treatment and an antistatic treatment so the cables are ready for you to enjoy. It is also import to remember that if ever you remove your cables to clean contacts etc. they must be returned the same way as when they were removed. Most cables have a direction arrow on the outer covering but if not then you need to mark the cables yourself.

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