Why break in your speakers?

Pourquoi roder ses enceintes ?
Burn-in is a practice that aims to optimize speaker performance and maximize their capacity, but the question of its necessity divides.

Some people think that it is not necessary to do this, that in reality it is not the performance of the speaker that improves but rather our ears that get used to their sound.

Conversely, others think that it is absolutely necessary to break in your speakers, sometimes for more than a hundred hours.

Understanding break-in 

The first time you wear a pair of shoes, you may find the soles and fabric stiff. But after wearing them a few times, they become more and more pleasant and you end up finding them comfortable.

The same goes for speakers, they need a period of softening before reaching their maximum potential but you too may need to get used to your new speakers or to your new headphones.

Why break in your speakers?

Loudspeakers are made up of flexible elements such as the membrane, suspension and spider. These are the elements that set air in motion to create the sound waves that reach our ears.
The objective of running-in is to soften these elements , as they are used, to increase their flexibility. Thus, the volume of air displaced will be greater and consequently, the bass will be improved .

High frequencies are less sensitive to burn-in since they only cause a small amplitude of movement of the speakers, unlike low frequencies which require a lot of energy and therefore large movements of the membrane.

Break-in concerns all speakers, whether floorstanding speakers, bookshelf speakers, subwoofers or even headphones, and its duration depends on several factors, such as the size of the speakers, the materials used for them. making as well as your own personal appreciation.

As with other brands, at Octavio, our speakers are ready for use as soon as they leave production. The purpose of running-in is only to put them in the best conditions of use to ensure better longevity.

How to break in your speakers?

Breaking in your speakers can therefore be done naturally, thanks to your usual listening, however if you do not want to risk damaging your equipment or you simply want to speed up this process, we will give you some recommendations.

The idea is to operate your speakers, at moderate volume, for several dozen hours and several days in a row.

If you don't want to spend money, there are many playlists , whether on the different streaming platforms, on Youtube or on forums. All you have to do is play the music, specially selected for the break-in, on your speakers or headphones, always at a moderate volume.


Even if opinions differ as to the usefulness and way of carrying out the break-in, keep in mind that the simple fact of listening to music and therefore operating the active elements, which constitute the speaker, contributes greatly to its break-in.

At Octavio , our Maestro speakers coming out of production already meet the product characteristics. Thus, the purpose of running-in is only to put them in the best conditions of use and ensure them a better longevity.

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