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#2886 - 05/05/02 03:22 AM Break-in rules
KurtisJ Offline
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Registered: 04/06/02
Posts: 46
Loc: Central Washington
I have some Axioms in the mail. I would like to know the rule of thumb on breaking-in/burning-in the speakers. What kind of source (CD/radio), what volume is best and how long?

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#2887 - 05/05/02 04:24 PM Re: Break-in rules
alan Offline
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Registered: 01/29/02
Posts: 3188
Loc: Toronto/New York/Dwight
Hi KurtisJ,

It's a bit of a stretch from a technical point of view, but I suppose I'd concede that the surround materials on a woofer and midrange driver might "loosen up" with some well-recorded bass from complex dance, orchestral, or jazz CDs.

Set the level fairly loud--as loud as you might listen from day to day, but not a deafening level--and play the aforementioned discs for a few hours. DO NOT load up a CD changer with a bunch of CDs cut at different levels (as most discs are), crank up the volume, and go away leaving your system blasting away. A friend of mine (who should have known better) did this and went off to his job. He came home to find smoke rising from each of his $6000 pair of speakers and the amp, amazingly, still working but almost on fire!

In most cases, I believe that what actually is being broken in is your own set of ears, not the speakers. Your ear/brain acoustical system is learning to accommodate and accept the sound and tonal signature of a new pair of sound reproducers that you're not yet used to.

I've never seen a set of technical measurements before and after speaker "break-in" that showed a particle of difference in measured performance. But hey, barring the aforementioned blunder by my friend, you can't hurt anything.

Hope you love the sound of your new Axioms!

Regards,


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Alan Lofft,
Axiom Resident Expert

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#2888 - 05/05/02 10:37 PM Re: Break-in rules
KurtisJ Offline
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Registered: 04/06/02
Posts: 46
Loc: Central Washington
Thanks...
On a related issue, what kind of speaker wire/cables do you use. The thoughts on Audiophile-forum and some others is the big buck cables. (Not all but a few will spend $100+/foot or a time consuming DIY) Then there is the cheapo 12-gauge RadioShack or Homedepot wire, which many use.

I currently use a clear coated 16 gauge wire for my Energy Take5 set up. But I need new stuff donned in white to blend with my walls.

Any thoughts?

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#2889 - 05/06/02 10:28 AM Re: Break-in rules
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Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal
KurtisJ

I just received M22's this weekend, and here are my thoughts:

1)Alan, of course, is right. I concur that you shouldn't turn them on and leave. Break in, to me, well.. I find they sound amazing out of the box. Maybe a couple of hours made them a bit more open. Otherwise, it's your ears that need to get used to it. I, however, like to try as hard as possible to not have any pre-conceived ideas about new speakers, because then it'll take you a long time to get used to them.

2)speaker wire: I am using Kimber 4PR, and it's absolutely terrific. Marc and audioshop.on.ca gave me a great deal. About 2.50$ per foot. If you want to go cheaper, go to www.partsexpress.com and order a roll of either SoundKing, or the slightly better Phoenix Gold. I am using Phoenix Gold 12 Ga silver coated OFC for my rear speakers (m3ti's), and it's MUCH better than the radio shack stuff I had. It was also barely more expensive. If you live in Montreal, go to the Stereoplus downstairs from Indigo downtown, you can get that stuff for about 75 cents to 1$ per foot. Well worth it!

good luck and happy listening!

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