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Again referencing the Gallos, the break-in period was marked by a severe hardness and lifelessness that was really difficult to listen to. I'd listen to the speakers and if I hadn't already known/read/heard about the break-in nasties, wonder what the hell was going on. Even though I did, it was pretty scary for a while. And when the speakers did open up and sing, it was a major relief.
This whole thing -- from opening the boxes to the end of break-in -- took little more than a week in my case, so it's really no big deal, however "big" it seemed at the time.
Edits: 06/22/17Follow Ups:
You've totally missed the point of my post.
"Noise" is not what I was referring to. I am talking about noise....actual pink noise which has definable 1/f quality and is useful for break-in of electro-mechanical components without actual music listening biasing the break-in procedure.
My own favorite break-in "noise" is Track 8, "Burn-in Tones" from the Sheffield/XLO Test Burn-in CD. I recorded a CDR of this track a number of times, and use it in the way you note, with the player set on "repeat." Would probably have been simpler just to repeat Track 8 but some of us audiophiles tend to do things the hard way :-)
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