Breaking in Your Speaker with Pink Noise
A brand new speaker straight out of the box will subtly change its tone during the first few hours of play as the fibers in the cone start to relax and become more flexible. Don’t worry too much about this change; it’s natural, and many people believe it enhances the sound, making it more “rounded” and enjoyable to listen to.
Some audiophiles prefer to accelerate this process, and that’s what’s called speaker break-in; they deliberately work the speaker components to bring the speaker to its optimal state in terms of tone.
You will hear about many different break-in techniques. Some play random pink noise through their speakers, while others prefer to play music through their speakers for several hours.
There is a lot of debate about the technique to use for speaker break-in and pink noise, and the duration of the procedure, but they all achieve the same goal – breaking in the components and altering the sound.
Important Note! Before breaking in your speakers, it is advised to set the volume at an appropriate level, playing a commercially mastered track at a reasonable volume, and then play our speaker break-in CD without adjusting the volume.
Breaking in your speaker should be done with precise and clean sound, which pink noise does not provide, as it does not work all frequencies separately, creating noises instead of pure sine waves.