Cable Break In for the Naysayers

I still cannot believe that in this stage of Audio history there are still many who claim cable break in is imagined. They even go so far as claim it is our ears that break in to the new sound. Providing many studies in the way of scientific testing. Sigh...

I noticed such a recent discussion on the What’s Best Forum. So here is my response.

______________________________________________________________________________________________ I just experienced cable break in again firsthand. 10 Days ago, I bought a new set of the AudioQuest Thunderbird XLR 2M interconnects.

First impression, they sounded good, but then after about 30 hours of usage the music started sounding very closed in and with limited high frequencies. This continued until about 130 hours of music play time.

Then at this time, the cables started to open up and began to sound better and better each passing hour. I knew at the beginning they would come around because they sounded ok at first until the break in process started. But now they have way surpassed that original sound.

Now the soundstage has become huge with fantastic frequency extensions. Very pleased with the results. Scientifically I guess we can’t prove cable break in is real, but with good equipment, good ears, it is clearly a real event.



I remember the phase that "if we can't measure it, it can't be real".

However, perhaps we do not have the proper equipment to measure it.



ozzy OP

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I remember the phase that "if we can’t measure it, it can’t be real".

However, perhaps we do not have the proper equipment to measure it.

we do…our ears. 

I have found that some cables break in quickly while others need extended time.

Ozzy, I gad the same experience when I upgraded XLR cables from Earth to the new Pegasus.  They are fabulous!

Science begins with observation, then measurements, theory, predictions, tests to prove the theory is right and wrong… etc. But it starts with observations in the real world. I am sure there are many cable companies that can nearly completely predict the sound of a cable on their reference system. Which brings up the confounding variable, the system the cables are used in. Most all are unique.