Headphone amp burn-in?

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by Gene Wiseman, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. Gene Wiseman

    Gene Wiseman New Member

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    This is probably a stupid question but do amps need a burn-in time? I recently bought a Schiit Magni headphone amp and it seemed to be kind of lacking at the low end. I have been considering buying a Schiit Loki equalizer to adjust for records that seem to need a little more bass or to knock the harshness off of the high end. After listening to it for a few days, it seems like the bass has gotten better and the highs aren't as harsh either. I am just using a cheap pair of Samson SR850 headphones but I have had them for a while and they are already broken in. Is it just my imagination or has my amp improved after being used a while?
    Thanks a lot,
    Gene
     

     

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  2. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    Some have experienced burn in on gear. Others have not and claim it doesn't happen. If to your ears burn in made a change then it did for you.

    I have experienced burn in on multiple devices. Most of the time the differences have been small and subtle. Once, I heard a major difference with a portable CD player. The sound changed drastically from one selection to the next. The portable was connected to my main system.
     
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  3. manookjs

    manookjs AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    The only burn in I've heard is with new tubes. They do get better with a few hours on them. However, I think I have heard SS equipment get better with some time on them. I do think it was more my ears than the equipment though.
     
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  4. Hyfi

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    If you have a different pair of headphones, give them a try. It's not very expensive and if you went up to one of the tubed units, you could tailor the sound by trying different tubes.
     
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  5. Gene Wiseman

    Gene Wiseman New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. Since posting the question, I have done some research and the opinions seem to be split down the middle. I would write it off as the placebo effect if I had been expecting the amp to burn in but I didn't ever consider it. I still have to consider the fact that I wasn't used to the flat response of the amp as compared to what I was used to. My ears might have just needed to adjust to the difference. What I really need to do is compare my amp to another Schiit Magni 3 fresh out of the box. I am probably over thinking it and should just enjoy my setup. It is the best sounding system that I have ever had regardless.
    Thanks again!
    Gene
     
  6. c.coyle

    c.coyle Fighting the Dunning-Kruger effect. Subscriber

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    Your ears and your brain are parts of your system.
     
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