Should We Burn Our Headphones? - How Should We Burn-In Our Headphones?

Should We Burn Our Headphones? - How Should We Burn-In Our Headphones?

by Bear Chen

What is the Headphone Burning-In Process?

How can we get the best performance out of out headphones?

Burning-in our headphones means fully adjusting the mechanical devices inside the new headphones so that they can enter the optimal state in advance. The diaphragm of a newly purchased headphone is relatively tight, making it hard to reach the best state. Therefore, we need to bring the diaphragm into a stable state through running-in ("burn-in") to fully utilize the sound quality of the headphones.


But you shouldn’t burn-in your headphone in an incorrect way, for example overloading the powering or excessive amplitude which causes the diaphragm to flap, etc. You might shorten the life of your headphones, or even cause permanent physical damage to it.


Wrong Ways to Burn-In Your Headphones

  1. Driving your headphone with high-power for a long time

You will decrease the life of your headphone when you drive your headphones with high-power for a long time, you might even cause irreparable physical damage to it. Therefore, it is very important to burn-in your headphones at the appropriate volume.

  1. Test headphones using a single frequency signal.

Most owners of a new headphone like to use frequency scanning software to listen to the full-frequency response, but there is always the problem of uneven frequency response of newly purchased headphones. This is because there are differences in frequency response between different headphones, so it is incorrect to use this method to test the frequency response performance of headphones. Also, avoid using a single frequency signal to test headphones, otherwise the headphones will be easily damaged, especially to high-sensitivity headphones and some monitoring headphones.


How to “Burn Out” the Value of Your Headphone?

Step one: Rapid aging of the earphone’s mechanical system through artificial methods

       There is two ways to imply this method:

  1. By noise: Use pink noise or white noise to burn it. You can use the Edifier Burn-In Boxto burn-in your headphone. ; You can also use a generator to generate pink noise or white noise (must burn-in for 24 hours each time).
  2. By Music: Recommend the song Ferry from Cai Qin, it can be described as the Best Burning-In Music for 40 Years. (Also you can use other songs listed at the music recommendation to burn-in your headphone)

Step two: Let the headphones adapt to sounds of various frequencies as quickly as possible, to produce better sound.

Select the signal generator through software, and then leave it to play on for 3 hours continuously, it’ll take about ten or twenty times for this process.


Songs recommended

For overall burning

     1.Hotel California by Eagles

     2.The mass by Era

     3.Fairytale by Secret Garden


For low frequency burning

  1. First Drum of YanHuang by Yan XueMin
  2. Still Clouds And A Solitary Crane by Liu Xing
  3. Return to the Grand Canyon by Nicholas Gunn
  4. Poems of Chinese Drums by Yan XueMin


For mid-frequency burning

  1. Tibet Plateau Song by Li Na
  2. Heaven by Tengri
  3. Ferry by Cai Qin


For high-frequency burning

  1. Diabolus in Musica by Paganini
  2. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons—Autumn (Strings ver.) 
  3. Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto


For Vocals Burning

  1. Dream by Priscilla Ahn
  2. Ferry by Cai Qin
  3. Long Time no See by Eason Chan
  4. Sky by Wang Fei


  1. Don’t burn-in your headphones with Electronic music (Especially for Hi-End headphones)

Because the bass content in electronic music is too strong, it may cause overloading and irreparable physical damage to highly sensitive headphones. The soup needs to be simmered slowly, and the headphones need to be cooked patiently.

  1. Don’t test your headphone with single frequency signal.

Low-frequency wavelengths are longer, and there are very few headphones that can restore ultra-low frequencies. In the case of forced recovery, the power carried by the earphones is overloaded, and some low-power earphones are likely to be burned or cause the voice coil to be deformed.

  1. Control the volume at about 20%-60%

No matter what kind of built-in music audio, the volume cannot be too high, otherwise it may directly burn out the earphones and damage the diaphragm.

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