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.



Without trying to be too "new agey", everything changes & moves in a spiral from the massive galaxies in our universe down to the smallest nano - particles & all in between including footballs, branches on a tree, threads on a screw, springs etc. & of course electrons in a wire which is easily viewed on an oscilloscope. A sine wave is simply a two dimensional view of this.  

As we are simply part of the universe, why would assume we are any different or our perception of the "sound "of a cable is either. Of course we are not. Thus, cable burn in is as real as anything else & they sound different over time  & slowly may get better & eventually worse. Part of this may also be our taste & what sounds pleasing to us which also changes over time & may even come back around again. 

Additionally, our ears are amazingly sensitive. From all that I've read in the l've read about loudspeaker development by some of the very best designers, they start out w/ what should sound good in theory in all aspects of the speaker & always tweek their designs by ear over a long period of time w/ different kinds of music. There are no measurement devices that compare to this level of sensitivity & why we can recognize someone immediately over the crappy little speakers in our phones in an instant. Just because something cannot be measured does not mean it's not real. 

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@jonwolfpell +1 Everything wiggles and vibrates.

Let’s see how engineers measure this. And predict its movements and outcomes. And then prove it.

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Tube-rolling = same specs = different materials/construction = different SQ.

Capacitors = same specs = different materials/construction = different SQ.

Resistors = same specs = different materials/construction = different SQ.

Cabling = same specs = different materials/construction = different SQ.

All requiring burn-in.



Describe your system.  I upgraded my cables and I think I heard an improvement.  I was also amazed by how much a power cable made.  There are so many knowledgeable people in this group!