I don't see how a cable can break in with out sound from your speakers. Maybe I'm behind the times........
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What is the life expectancy of a CDP laser cell for someone to let it run for a whole 250 hours to "break in" a cable?!!!! you will notice a difference after 250 hours because your CDP will be about 1 yr older of average intended use. Make sure to send it for cleaning and adjustment (wait, no, then you won't notice the break in!!!). LOL!!!!!
Music Direct sells the PAD disc for $99 (MSRP $150) It really works.
I'm not certain, but I believe for the cable to carry a proper current, the load end has to be powered up in order to present an impedance to the cable (and to the driver in the CDP) somebody check me on this. If your integrated is a tube unit, you could just pull the power tubes while you break in the ICs, otherwise just turn the volume down if you don't want to break in the power section and speakers.
The PAD system enhancer is completely unlistenable! -- even at moderate levels (it does a great job though) but you will need to leave the house. The good news is so will the cockroaches and mice!
Anyone wanting interconnects or digital cables broken in is welcome to send them to me to be broken in on the MOBIE break-in device I have here. The MOBIE (Maximum Overdrive Break In Engine) puts a 15V 1 kHz square wave through your cables, which has been proven safe for all done so far (check with your cable manufacturer if any question). Your only cost is shipping both ways and one of your best live CDs for each. I will break them in for five days or thirty days, your choice. There's very little in it for me other than the good karma that comes from offering this service to fellow audiophiles and music lovers...
I use a cheap DVD/CDP connected to the back of a TV. I just eliminate the video. I put the IC in the chain and use the Ayre disc (20.00) and put it on repeat. Music Direct is one source if you are interested in the Ayer disc or go to Ayre's website for info.
After a week of constant play I put it in my system to audition. It has worked for me and I am not putting excessive wear on my reference gear. Good luck.
Used Cable said that if you leave the amp off it is only breaking them in one way? anybody on this?
Grant I'm sorry for ignoring you. Perhaps it was thoughtless, looking back, but I just (I didn't want my thread to get off track, either) had to wait for one last bit of very deciding-factor information from three audiophools who know more than I know after some serious listening to some serious players. I'm going with John Tucker's Exemplar 3910. I am very excited as to where my rig is going to go. the Exemplar with a brand spanking new Audio Magic Digital power conditioner, Harmonix Studio Masters and Zu's Varials-- I hope to be highly grooving. New rig, top to bottom ('cept for the power cords and Sistrum stands and Audiopoints)--it's good to be a SET tubeman. 101db can do that to ya! I should be getting delivery pretty soon. I'm psyched.
Brian, thank you for the offer. Mightly generous, but another audiophool beat you to it, with an offer I just couldn't refuse.
So as I read this thread I wonder why wouldn't I just buy a $39 cdp or bluray and play copy of the Vandersteen calibration disc or any set up disk. Another thought was to get a cheap used receiver with pre out/ power in and plug the ICs in that spot and let it burn while tuned in to a classical or hip hop station . Any thought on those Ideas?
I've done similar to what you are thinking. your ideas are valid and have worked for me. I bought a Memorex CDP for $30 from Radioshack and rotated different CDs each day to break-in the ICs. I used various CDs ranging from test disks to classical music discs.
When I did some burn-in with a tuner I would connect the ICs from the tuner to a preamp and set the tuner on shuffle for 2 weeks straight. Where I am there are all sorts of stations that the tuner can pick up. From Jazz, Talk Radio, Classical, Hip Hop classic rock.
I got to break in the cables without going on the roller coaster ride.