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In Reply to: RE: Preamp break-in posted by dbphd on July 11, 2017 at 02:00:09
But if it sounds bad out of the box, send it back. Your brain will adjust to the sound over time.
If it sounds good out of the box and gets even better, that's OK with me, but there's at least a chance that the brain will be slow to react to the improvement...500 hrs?
But that is enough reason for me to despise the endless claims about break in.
It may be true...
But it may also just be a steaming pile!
So I would advise anyone who gets the run around about break in (if they do not like a component's sound) to be VERY suspicious.
And never let some seller/ salesperson talk you into hanging on to some POS while they are spouting about break in.
Really the ideal item would 'sound pretty good' out of the box. Then, as break in proceeded the sound would improve to 'stunning'.
Stuff which still sound like crap after 48 hours IS CRAP. PERIOD.
I'm usually looking to hear "potential" early in the break-in process. If 48 hrs. pass and I don't hear a hint of magic, probably made a bad choice. Morrow cables ( IC's in this case) were a good example of this. Despite the insane claim of 500 hours break-in needed, I heard a bit of magic after only about 12 hours. Stuck with it and they only got better. And yes, I believe some of the "required" break-in claims of hundreds of hours can be somewhat of a scam to get the inexperienced to accept what they're hearing being better. Now to be fair, I have a friend who is constantly trying different designer caps in both his pre-amp and power amp looking for that "magic" cap or caps. Seems like he's spend months doing nothing but breaking in caps. Some have notoriously long and painful break-in periods. I use him as a classic example of the road I DON'T care to go down in this hobby.
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