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  • Billet
    started a topic Speaker break in - is it real?

    Speaker break in - is it real?

    I have been listening to my Old Skool coaxials every day in my listening room. They were built just in time for InDIYana and had only 5-10 hours of break in time before the meet. They seem to be getting smoother and more balanced sounding as time goes by. I can never decide whether the speakers are actually changing or my ears are adapting to the speakers.

    I can switch to my previous mains very easily for comparison. Immediately after building the coaxials, my main speakers still sounded noticeably better. Now, they are pretty equal. Have the coaxes gotten better after thirty or forty hours of playing? Or have my ears gotten used to the new sound and now the old sound is less good in comparison?

    The world may never know...

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    Originally posted by craigk View Post
    . . . the crossover parts burning in.
    BwaaHahahahaha.

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  • craigk
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    Lets hear it. With some drivers I think there is a very noticeable change in sound. I think it is even more noticeable on tweeters though. I also think part of what is going on, when drivers are in the cabs, is the cross over parts burning in. I think with tweeters it takes longer for them to break in and really open up.*

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  • replied
    Originally posted by craigk View Post
    Drama Queen too.
    Histrionic. LOL

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  • craigk
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    Drama Queen too.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by craigk View Post

    as usual, you are the only one laughing.
    Why don't you start cussing and cursing, name calling like you usually do, then this thread will get locked down too! LOL

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  • craigk
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    lol
    As usual,* you are the only one laughing.

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    lol

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  • replied
    Originally posted by Sydney View Post
    Dissension indeed - Much nasty ado about personal perception.
    I have discovered that even very used woofers if re-boxed and re-shelved for an extended period of time, their suspensions stiffen up again. Also, the continuous pull of gravity can set the voice coil either high or low in the gap, resulting in some audible distortion. So yes, broken in drivers usually do sound better. Mr. Bill might choose to disagree based on his personal perceptions.

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  • Paul K.
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    Presbycusis.
    *

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  • Sydney
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    that is where the majority of dissension occurs.
    Dissension indeed - Much nasty ado about personal perception.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by Paul K. View Post
    I have no doubt some people are really able to hear better than others, partly from less deterioration of their hearing due to sonic damage and/or aging, and partly due to very specific training from listening, but I'm also sure that some people, maybe lots, have a much better imagination than hearing, easily influenced by expectations for a variety of reasons. I make no claims about my hearing ability nor am I pointing fingers at anyone specifically.
    Paul
    Presbycusis.

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  • Paul K.
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    I have no doubt some people are really able to hear better than others, partly from less deterioration of their hearing due to sonic damage and/or aging, and partly due to very specific training from listening, but I'm also sure that some people, maybe lots, have a much better imagination than hearing, easily influenced by expectations for a variety of reasons. I make no claims about my hearing ability nor am I pointing fingers at anyone specifically.
    Paul

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  • replied
    Originally posted by Sydney View Post
    Figured it meant more coming from Klippel, rather than a non-guru such as myself.
    I suppose when it comes to actually hearing a before and after difference, that is where the majority of dissension occurs.

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