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Old 15th July 2006, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default Breaking In a new set of Speakers

Hi everyone, I am now near the completion of my first set of diy speakers and was wondering the best situation for breaking in.

I have heard it takes a good 10 to 20 hours to break in a set of speakers, is this true?

Also is it best to break them in loud, and if so how loud, or is it better to start off soft and turn it up every few hours?

What sort of sounds are best to play through them? Cheers, Nic.
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Old 15th July 2006, 05:14 PM   #2
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Just play your music and enjoy them. There's no need to force the 'break-in'.
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Connect them to the radio if you have one. Let them play background music while you are away. That speeds up the process.
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My father just got a pair of Maggie MMG's,and then left his apartment to go to a new job in California,so i've been watching his place..
I left the radio on when I wasn't there,fairly low level and it did indeed help break in the Maggies..

Other tricks I use are playing Prodigy and other "fast paced/insane" type stuff.Crank it up for a little bit,and give the speakers a workout.
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Old 16th July 2006, 07:19 AM   #5
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You can put the speakers face to face and wire one of them out of phase. To get good cancellation you will need a mono signal, so that both speakers recieve exactly the same signal and cancel more completely. You can then turn up the volume while you're out without annoying your neighbours. With a music signal speakers may take weeks to break in.
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Old 16th July 2006, 11:18 AM   #6
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I used 15 hours of 15Hz at Xmax for my FR125's, but that was for testing T/S reasons. Playing them daily at about 100mW power, it took I'd say 200 hours before they settled in to what my ears said "from great to super!"

But, technicalities aside, Vikash is correct, IMO
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I wire them oposite polarity using mono, I also cover them with a blanket and I pump up the volume for 24h.
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Thanks for the help guys, I'm too lazy to bother with reversing polarities and getting a mono signal so I think i'll probably just do what Vikash said, and i'll play them while i'm out of the house too. Cheers, Nic.
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Thanks for the help guys, I'm too lazy to bother with reversing polarities and getting a mono signal so I think i'll probably just do what Vikash said, and i'll play them while i'm out of the house too. Cheers, Nic.
I had some speakers back in college that I threw out the 3rd floor window... but they just broke... didn't break-in per se...

I've never personally experienced speaker break in... other than my own ears becoming accustomed to the sound.

In fact, until some of my successful recent projects, I've found a sort of reverse break in phenomena (break-out?) wherein I build/buy new speakers, amps, etc., think they sound marvelous for a few months until I read more about cables/TIM/IM/whatever and think "geez, maybe there's something to this..." and have to move on to something better, tweak, etc.

Curse of the DIY-er...

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No one here is saying what happens to a driver during break-in.
That would seem a rather important point for tuning a system.
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