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Old 05-28-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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I've read on some French website that there's no "break in" period needed for Jamo speakers anymore, since they are apparently "pre-broke" somehow. No idea if that's true, do you guys have an information about it? To stay on the safe side, I think I'm still going to give my new speakers like 20 hours of moderate volume with something like the "Tron" soundtrack before I pump it up with more aggressive music or movies.

What is the take of you "pros" here on speaker "Break In" period? Is it really necessary on modern speakers? What kind of volume are you using if you do "Break In" periods?

I've read this:
http://www.audioholics.com/education...act-or-fiction
But it's very technical
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Receiver: Pioneer VSX-322.
Speakers: Jamo S 426 HCS 3.
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:22 PM   #2
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What's the recommendation in the owner’s manual?
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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What's the recommendation in the owner’s manual?
There's none actually. They just explain how to properly plug the speakers to your amplifier, no mention of "Break In" period at all.
I wrote a short mail to Jamo customer support, I'll keep you guys informed when I get an answer.
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Receiver: Pioneer VSX-322.
Speakers: Jamo S 426 HCS 3.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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I'm a proponent of break-in. I even run room correction a second time, after I feel they've sufficiently "loosened up".
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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I'm a proponent of break-in. I even run room correction a second time, after I feel they've sufficiently "loosened up".
Gonna do that anyway I think -better safe than sorry.
I'm surprised there's no "sticky" thread about speaker breaking in though, it seems to be a topic many people ranging from "noobs" like me to hardcore experts value.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:50 PM   #6
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The manual for my new Mordaunt-Shorts recommends to break them in by facing them together with one speaker out of phase for 20 or so hours but I honestly doubt that would do anything better for the speaker to break them in then just listening at a reasonable volume for a similar amount of time.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:50 AM   #7
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I just got an answer from Jamo support:

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As long as you do not play them LOUD, break in can be at any reasonable volume level
Keep from playing "concert" levels


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So the answer is clear - break in period at lower volume, as usual. He could have given me a duration, but I guess 30+ hours should be ok.
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Display: Toshiba 32RL938 LED TV and secondary Hannspree HF237 Full HD monitor.
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-322.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:18 PM   #8
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To me it just makes logical sense. Speaker drivers are mechanical. Always a good idea to not run mechanical items full out till they have a chance to seat in. Speakers also are unique that they have a pliable cone structure and that IMO becomes more resilient as the speaker is used.

"Break in" though is not a science. Just play the speakers at different volume levels for a while, maybe 30-40 hours. Not babying them all the time for sure. Slowly increase the max volume used over the break in period till by the end of the 40 or so hours you are approaching/hitting max volume.

They will still change after that till you have used the speakers for a while. If you don't follow a break in mentality the speakers will be fine still also its not like they will be damaged. Maybe if you un boxed them hooked them up and played them full blast from minute 1 you could do some damage though?
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:39 PM   #9
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Just don't blast them right away to be on the safe side. Always follow the manufacturers' recommendations at minimum and you'll be good to go.

If you play music 2 hours per day and let's say 5 hours on weekends you'll be through the "break-in" process in no time.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:53 PM   #10
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I just let the Tron soundtrack repeat for 8+ hours at 25% volume while I was out of town helping for a move. I think it's a very good album to break in speakers as it has sounds on all frequencies, from high pitch to deep bass.

Along with my previous time, I think I must be at like 30+ hours of usage already. I think I can safely go up to 50-60% when watching movies now.
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Display: Toshiba 32RL938 LED TV and secondary Hannspree HF237 Full HD monitor.
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-322.
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Subwoofer: Pioneer S-21W.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:32 PM   #11
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Along with my previous time, I think I must be at like 30+ hours of usage already. I think I can safely go up to 50-60% when watching movies now.
You're good to go. Let 'er rip!
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:48 PM   #12
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I just let the Tron soundtrack repeat for 8+ hours at 25% volume while I was out of town helping for a move. I think it's a very good album to break in speakers as it has sounds on all frequencies, from high pitch to deep bass.

Along with my previous time, I think I must be at like 30+ hours of usage already. I think I can safely go up to 50-60% when watching movies now.
i dont know what the ratings are for you reciever or speakers..
but 60% could be max volume for you system..
you dont want to clip... and burn out the voice coils..

i bought paradigm 100s a few months back. in the manual said no break in
required.. sound great out of the box. i took it ez for about 50 hrs -20 db limit..
then move up to -10 db limit with external amp power
i run 12 -14 hrs a day.. after about 6 week i noticed they seemed a little nicer warmer sound.. then i brought in the mono block 500 w 1000w 4ohm
to power em up WOW WE they love Da Power...
SQ is awesome now

cheers..

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