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Old 9th September 2014, 03:46 PM   #1
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Default Speaker break-in albums? (not show off albums)

I'm sure there are many other threads but I can't find any via various search things, so feel free to just post links to those threads.

I'm curious what albums people use to run their full-rangers (particularly Mark Audio gear - but that shouldn't matter) during break-in period. I'd like to setup a 100+hr playlist that slowly ramps up... I can't be the first to think of this, just looking for suggestions.
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Old 9th September 2014, 03:53 PM   #2
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Vandersteen simply plugs in, a specific number of their just completed Speakers, to a standard AC wall plug .. for a week. As initial break in of the driver spiders.

Beyond that I wouldn't sweat it overly. They simply Ain't that Precious :-)

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Old 9th September 2014, 04:00 PM   #3
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I put new MA drivers in the HT and let Karen run soaps and serials for a couple of weeks. Keep the excursion <1mm P-P, but that's plenty loud for anything other than action movies.

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Old 10th September 2014, 09:55 AM   #4
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for quality entertainment I'd recommend something cool and older like this large and free collection of the great "Whispering Jack Smith" - but beware - there's a couple of cuts with very heavy bass for ~1927 or so - ("My Blue Heaven" at around 2 minute mark for one.

listen to the rather strong bass on this 1930 cut (not with your new speaker) https://ia600304.us.archive.org/10/i...JackSmith1.mp3

there's a lot of free great music from the past - there's internet radio stations where you might find genre with not much bass - if you find a station dedicated only to string quartets, let me know. There may be station featuring only classical and flamenco guitar. Acoustic era recordings have powerful midrange but weak bass. I've used rap on some Eminence


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Old 10th September 2014, 04:28 PM   #5
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For gently breaking in a new pair of SFRDs, there's nothing like chamber music & string quartets. Unfortunately, I have little tolerance for such, with the exception of Ofra Harnoy playing Beatles tunes. Try:

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Old 11th September 2014, 07:59 AM   #6
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For loosin'-up the surround/spider of new drivers I just run a sinewave of 15-30hz through the woofer(fullrange-driver) for about 24hours, I'll keep the excursion just below xmax.
That's it.
After that the Fs stays stable and will not drop anymore.
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Old 11th September 2014, 10:14 AM   #7
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^^^^^ good suggestion.

Personally I'm into Guitar speakers and I break-in new ones, if needed, with a looping AC-DC "best of" or similar *simple* music programming ....... played LOUD.
Maybe some Punk rock too.
It gives me a frequency and relative instrument volume mix somewhat similar to what it will actually see later in life, also more realistic than either a sinewave or pink noise.

If I have to do it at night, neighbours will kill me, so I instead put raw speaker frames in the floor, pointing up, over a folded towel or similar to avoid them rattling (and scratching labels) and straight connect them in parallel to a ransformer, which provides cheap and constant 50 Hz at either 6 or 12V AC.

Since sound mostly self cancels at that frequency in an unmounted raw speaker, actual "audible" level is very low and bothers nobody.

And unmounted/unloaded speakers move a lot at that frequency, even with relatively low power.

Just one night is all it takes.
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Old 11th September 2014, 11:18 AM   #8
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You are asking about vinyl ?

Cant help with that one but i use this CD:

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Old 11th September 2014, 01:27 PM   #9
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I'm not convinced 'break in' does anything audible
If a material is gaining significant compliancy with use its not suitable for a loudspeaker and will wear out very quickly
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Old 11th September 2014, 02:14 PM   #10
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Drivers, particularly woofers do need break in, the suspension in a new driver is generally very stiff and there are significant changes in TS parameters during the first couple of dozen hours of operation.

I worked for a decade at a large audio manufacturer and prior to characterizing samples for QC references and the like we ran them on pink noise for 24 hours. FS, QTS and some other long forgotten parameters changed significantly, and then stabilized for most of the life of the driver.

I used pink noise over the course of several days to break in the woofers in my last project.
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