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Like your experience with the HiFi Man 350's , I've experienced similar benefits with my headphones and speakers: Better highs / smoother after some break in.
I've been in the broadcast bizz for close to 30 years, around many production studio's for music and commercial production and I have never heard properly functioning cables sound different one to the other at work or home.
HOWEVER , If you have RF noise issues, a non-shielded RCA will be prone to noise - so a shielded or 75 ohm RCA will take care of that.
If you have a super long run of cable for speakers, get 10 or 12 AWG. Chose the XLR cable option over RCA when possible.
Buy expensive cable for the bling / looks factor if you even care about that. But unless a cable is specifically designed to have a coloration or sonic "signature" (some manufacturers put batteries and tone controls in their cables) cable is cable.
If there is a sonic benefit to expensive cables, I am happy that I don't hear it .
Exactly, thank you. Even with planars, you gotta get them hot at least once, probably done at the factory (for the gold or whatever other foil acting against the magnets to reach a substantial thermal load to open them up). I wish I knew more technical terms on this heh.
My solid state equipment burn in argument, I guess, will be this: Have you ever used a toaster right out of the box? Notice how the coils heat up unevenly? After you've
cooked or tempered
it a few times, for lack of better terminology, everything evens out, and heat is distributed evenly. Same rules apply, except our intention here isn't to resist and create heat. I don't know if that is due to oxidation, coatings on components to prevent oxidation by the manufacturer, or just the nature of processed copper / silver / gold.
This concept exists in every electronic. Might be a small thing, and might only happen once. And it might be done before you see it in a store. But it's there.
I'm not arguing the merit of solid-state burn in, just wanna open up a few closed off minds.
Burn in is real and it's everywhere.
There are lots of self-elected low volt engineers on this forum it seems : )
edit: damnit, ni-cad batteries would've been a better argument haha