Burn your headphones

Any mid or high quality headphones must be burned in to sound great and to sound the same every time you use them. Why is that and what is a burn in process?

 First you need to understand that when you use headphones for mixing audio you have to get a good pair and you have to get used to their sound. This is important if you wish to make constant quality mixes. The burn in process is a technical think you should do to fix the sound  of your headphones. Once you burn them in, they will sound the same for  the rest of their lives. This process  usually takes about 100 hours of playback at moderate volumes. What happens with the drivers during that time? Drivers or capsules or headphones speakers are made of many different materials and use many different ways to produce sound. Let's say you have a standard dynamic headphones. The speaker unit has a magnet, a coil and a diaphragm. All this component has to be burned in. The diaphragm is usually made out of thin plastic and it has to get softer  on the edges, to produce low frequencies. Why softer? So it can move easily back and forward. The sound of your headphones will change for the better in this period. They will lose the harshness, that almost any good pair of headphones has, when you purchase them and they'll get more natural overall sound.

How to burn in your mixing headphones?

There's more than one way but to keep this simple. Plug your headphones into any device that you can miss for a week. Any old hi fi stereo system will do the job. Just plug the headphones and turn the volume to moderate levels and leave it on your favorite station for a week. You can check the progress in the mean time if you feel like it or just simply wait fort he aha moment after you hear them after a week of burn in process. That's it on the simple side.
Author: OLLO

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