Take away the power source, and after 2 weeks the equipment will essentially be back in it’s “new” pre-burned-in pre-broken-in state.
I prefer the misnomer “warm-up” over all the other misnomers because implicit in the term warm-up is the term cool-down. “Warm-up” is the least dangerous term both because actually warming-up is sometimes accurate, and when not accurate, as with a cable or a speaker crossover, at least is not as misleading a one-way phenomena."
There's not much to argue about here. Bill's correct and I do think the term "warming-up" more accurately describes this process of burn in we've been discussing over the last few days; in particular because, as he points out, it is not a one-way change. It reverts back to its former state over time. I will not, however, change my 'misnomer' use of the term 'break-in' because, while Bill is correct that 'break-in' more appropriately refers to a car; or a one-way event, we have to stick with terms that communicate the meaning we wish to address. So, apologies for what I will continue to refer to it as.
Having written that, he's also correct that in electronics, perhaps the two biggest areas of change with on-time are the dielectric and the thermal properties of equipment.
Tomorrow we'll jump into some of that and what it means.