How important is break-in? Answers range from critical to “it’s all bullsh*t”. What we’ve experienced suggests break-in is not only real but essential to getting the best sound out of your system.
We’re continually reminded of the benefits of break-in at the shows. The first day we demo the system it’s always tight and bright. The next day better, and the best happens on the last day.
Before we go to a show we try and run the equipment in for a few days. But that’s rarely enough. Cables, in particular, seem to need music playing through them for a few days before they sound their best.
Paul’s Post will spend a few days looking at the impacts, reasons, and speculations of why break-in is so important. I’ll also cover some of the most controversial aspects of break-in, like why its very mention sends so many engineer types into tailspins.
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