Audio Cable Break In Time
Recommendations for Optimal Sound Quality
All audio cables require a period of break-in for the sound quality to reach its full sonic potential. We recommend the following lengths of time to fully break in your hifi cables and equipment.
All headphones: 300 hours
Moon Audio recommends giving headphones 300 hours to break-in both mechanically and electrically. Although most of the break in process occurs within the first 100 hours, this allows time for the drivers to open up and gives you the best experience. We suggest connecting your headphones to internet radio each night while you sleep for an easy break-in experience. They should be broken in after seven days.
In general, portable cables take approximately 80 hours to break in if they are silver or 40 hours if they are copper.
In general, digital cables take approximately 80 hours to break in if they are silver or 40 hours if they are copper.
Toslink cables require no break in as they pass light thus it is not an electrical process. No burn in required.
Quick Tip: If you have expensive phono cartridges or tubes you might want to consider using an inexpensive audio system for breaking in new phono cables. This will allow for a break in without giving up some of the lifetime of your more expensive components.