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break in occurs between the ears, not in the component.

*break in* is a fun thing for hobbyists to talk about. It's discussion spills over into marketing and reviews. It may make us feel better. We may enjoy our music more in its firm belief. But it comes with a wink and a nod.

Consider, it is not measurable. It is not predicted by engineering nor physics models. It is not detectable in DBX tests.

Audio equipment sales is big money to some very bright people who feed their familes and fund their retirement. If playing a $10k piece of equipment for X number of hours would improve its sound out the door, rest assured the marketplace would see to it this is done.

My wife is double boarded and does some pretty cutting edge medical reseach. She holds her tongue when my hippy friends come by and the conversation turns to alternative medicine. For them, it is a hobby, and loads of fun to discuss homeopathy, for my wife, it is her profession shared with some very bright people. Discuss away, but it is done with a wink and a nod.

Break in is the alternative medicine of audio. Personal anecdotes abound as to its existence, but the tools we as a society have created to test whether we are fooling ourselves, as we are apt to do, say it does not exist. Sure there are people who believe in it. 60% of Americans believe in ghosts.

Magical thinking is nice. Again, it may make your listening experience more enjoyable. But, it is done with a wink and a nod.

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