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Burn In those Noise Cancelling Headphones Pronto!

Enjoying Inner Peace with Noise Cancelling Headphones!What is headphone burn-in you may be asking? Well in simple terms it's just the breaking in of the headphone speaker for optimal sound quality.

Basically your headphones will sound much better from when you first purchased them to when you have 50-100+ hours of use on them.

So before returning those headphones due to "poor" sound quality, burn those suckers in and then re-assess them.

Trust me, I almost returned the best set of headphones I ever bought because this.

Would you like to burn-in your headphones? You better believe it! Keep reading to get the most out of your noise cancelling cans!


Headphone Burn-In: Fact or Fiction?

Many say this is nonsense but I personally can attest to the validity of burn-in.

Long story short is I owned the king of Noise Cancelling Headphones, the Sennheiser PXC-350 until I encounterd the Bose QC15.

I did a side by side comparison of the Sennheiser PXC-350 and the Bose QC15 and the noise cancelling on the Bose was far superior, but the sound was very flat compared to my 1 year old Sennheisers.

The Bose was so flat that I told myself that if the sound didn't improve after burn-in, back to Best Buy they go.

Headphone Burn-in Results:

After 50+ hours of burn-in, the Bose QC15 sounded much more vibrant and full and to my ear a tad better than the Sennheisser PXC-350s. A drastic change in sound quality in just a few days time. I ended up ebaying the Sennheisers.


These Audio-Technica ATHANC7 Noise Cancelling Headphones cancel noise decently but shine when it comes to audio quality!

Burn-In Much Quicker with Better Results

Audiophiles swear by the XLO Reference Test & Burn-In audio disc. Many who have over 100+ hours of regular burn-in state a drastic improvement in sound quality after just 10 hours with the XLO Disc.

Just be sure to follow XLO's instructions and never have the volume to much above a comfortable listening volume as you may damage your precious headphones.

You don't have to spend money to burnin your headphones. Just listening to them helps burn them in or you can let them play through the night for 1-2 weeks as I mention below.

The XLO Disc will just do it quicker and better.


"So How Do I Burn-In My Noise Cancelling Headphones?

It is very simple. The burn-in process occurs through use, so the quickest and easiest way to do this is to create a playlist on your iPod, iTunes, or whatever you prefer. Put a good range of different genres of music from classical to hiphop to alternative to whatever, just mix it up good to cover the full sound spectrum.

The iPod Touch is the Single Best Device to pair with your brand spanking new set of noise cancelling headphones!

Next, connect your headphones to said device, push play and adjust the volume to a comfortable volume for yourself and then increase it from there just a little. DO NOT max out the volume, you will damage your headphones. Just a little above comfortable will do the trick.

Be sure you have the repeat playlist setting on and just let the music play. Most headphones will take anywhere from 30-100 hours to burn-in.

What I do is I let them burn-in over night at work when I go home running off of iTunes. So I'm able to get a good 14-15 hours a night. I do this for 5-7 days and they're good to go.

Make sure your headphones have battery power before each session otherwise you'll be wasting time. Most headsets have a low battery indicator such as a flashing LED or something.

Once they're burned-in, then you can enjoy and more accurately assess your new set of noise cancelling headphones sound quality!



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