Don’t let audiophiles fool you. There’s zero evidence that burning in a pair of earphones has any effect on the sound quality. Stop wasting time and start enjoying your music.
One of the best common-language explanations to this myth. Yet people who should know better still believe in this!
My way of debunking burn-in: Dynamic microphones operate in the exact same way mechanically to speakers. Yet there aren’t thousands of arcane rituals to “burning in” an SM58. They sound like an SM58 out of the box, and always will.
Thins wear out, but that is not “burn in”. That is degradation. Things fall apart, it’s scientific (to quote the Talking Heads). But breaking something down never “improves” the quality. Breaking in an engine is done to loosen tight fittings and permeate seals with oil and fuel. But electromagnetic transducers don’t have those things. You don’t need to loosen up electrons. Even vacuum tubes, once the alloy is heated up, behaves predictably. The only change will be downhill as the components wear out.
Also, there is acclamation. Over time the brain can block out strange differences if they are consistent. Use it enough, and it becomes the new normal. The headphones didn’t burn in, your brain did.
But, don’t tell the ‘audiophiles’ that!
Then again… just avoid talking about science and engineering to audiophiles. They only listen if your jeans are tighter than theirs and you add a few zeros to the end of the price
The truth. This man speaks it.