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I'm pretty new to Head-Fi and didn't believe in the burn-in recommendations I read. But hearing is believing, and I have definitely heard improvements after burn-in, both for speakers and solid-state gear. Not so sure about headphones, I would usually just run a new pair for a few days without listening to them so wouldn't notice the difference. I'm skeptical on the concept of hi-fi power cords or burning in cables, though, but I'll never say it's not possible.
I also think there's a lot to the idea of ears burning in. I've noticed, now that I've improved my gear and spent more time listening, that I hear more things than I did before. For instance, I can now clearly hear hiss from one of the first headphone amps I bought when I never noticed it before, even on the same IEMs I've been using all along.
I've come to enjoy that process, and getting the mouth-feel for it.
I had a set of HD600's, my first real 'phones, and they were enough proof. Even after Senns awesome testing and factory break-in (burn-in) period, they just seemed to improve over time..
Jeez I miss those. They fit like a nice burned in pair of Levi's.