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In Reply to: RE: "So some speakers definitely breakin." posted by volunteer on June 21, 2017 at 05:09:37
In the case of the Lowthers it certainly was not getting used to the sound. As I said when new you could not listen to them at all.
Why did you buy them if they sounded horrid? Something is not adding up here. Why purchase a speaker that sounds bad in hopes that break-in will make it sound better? It could have ended up sounding worse.
Your powers of addition are very poor. As I explained elsewhere in this post I had heard several of these speakers that were broken in and they sounded terrific. The distributor explained clearly that they would need 40 to 100 hours until they started to sound good. This was exactly what happened and they remained my reference speakers for many years. Does it add up now for you?
At the time the Gallo Reference 3s were introduced, the vibe (from reviewers who heard them broken in) was pretty much a uniform rave. Beginning with 6moons and The Absolute Sound. At the same time, early adopters who actually read their owners manuals (horrors!) noted the break-in requirements (100 hours). It seemed to me, and I guess to others, a small price to pay. But as noted, if you didn't read (or get) the word, you may have dumped yours midway in the break-in period.
Back when the Gallo Reference 3 series was new (around 2004) -- I had a pair -- the need for break-in was painfully obvious. They sounded okay out of the box and then entered a period where they became almost unlistenable. This was a frequent topic here (AA) and elsewhere. Many were sold, used, with the notation, "not even fully broken in," which, to the lnowledgable, meant that their owners had given up on them. If you assumed this WAS a break-in issue -- or read enough to take the chance -- you were rewarded handsomely. But it took time.
This was not -- repeat, NOT -- a phenomenon where the listener was breaking in to the speakers. The owner's manual was explicit in saying that it took 100 hours. And it certainly did., at the minimum. One of the break-in "short-cuts" was to put the Gallos head to head, throw a heavy blanket over them, play a CD on repeat, as loud as you could stand it, and leave the room.
I bought some used Gallo Nucleus Reference 3.0s (last before the 3.1, with no switch in the back) at a price that I knew I could flip them again if they sucked.
Well? Yeah... they sucked. Before flipping them? Put them woofer to woofer (inverted) under as many blankets as I had & ran it at VERY high levels with a crazy test CD that featured everything from a Huey chopper landing to test tones. Amp driving it at the time was an Innersound ESL-300 - so certainly wasn't gonna clip. We're talking at least a day or two running through that.
Before "break in?" NO "meat on the bone," some decent detail, but otherwise threadbare. Bass mostly "thump, thump, thump."
After? Well, I still have them. Currently installed at my shop, have VTL Ultimate preamp up front, each driven by a VTL Deluxe 120. Yeah, I MIGHT get rid of them one of these days, but only because I'll move out of my shop & I'm a "B&W fanboy" and have 802 Matrix at home.
Says so right here: http://www.monoandstereo.com/2015/07/blue-horizon-proburn-cable-burner.html
"It is a well-known fact that high-quality audio and video cables improve over time when used in a hi-fi or home cinema system."
Do you have any facts other than advertising glossies that back that up?
So expensive cables break in and speakers don't?
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