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In Reply to: RE: "So some speakers definitely breakin." posted by ahendler on June 21, 2017 at 05:29:04
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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