As an electrical and electronic engineer with more years experience than I care to admit, I would just love for someone to explain to me in scientific terms exactly what takes place during this so called "burning in" process, and exactly how any changes that might take place impact upon the quality of the sound produced by the system.
yours in anticipation, psijaka
You won't get an answer!
Nothing happens to the electronics, the sound remains exactly the same, but the listener gets used to the sound.
It is remarkable how in every field except hifi, the subjective nature of human perception is accepted. For example, drug companies go to extraordinary lengths in drug trials to try and overcome biases.
However, in hifi, 'I know what I heard' trumps any amount of rational argument or scientific analysis.
I seem to have stirred a wasp's nest on this.
Not really. This argument has been going on for as long as I can remember, pops up every few weeks and usually ends the same way ... with a locked thread.
Every camp, the ones that think they can hear changes and the ones that dont usually voice their opinions with little respect for the other one, often using insults. No one likes to admit they may be wrong and everyone is suddenly an expert in mechanical and electronic engineering as well as psycho accoustics (yes, I am as guilty as the lady standing next to me).
There will never be a consensus. One of the joys of this hobby.
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
I'm with eggontoast here, why should any changes always lead to an improvement?
Also, how does an audio engineer design a circuit to take advantage of the ageing process if these changes are not part of the component specifications?
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