Breaking in speaker cables??


Can you break speaker cables in with the speaker disconnected? I'd like to do this as there wouldn't be sound 24/7 bothering those around me.
b_limo
Sorry B-limo, you have to have some resistance hooked up to do a burn in. You can use an 8ohn resistor with 300 to 500watts. The resistor will get very hot so make sure that it's not touching anything that is vulnerable to heat.
Hope this helps.
I agree with Zman. There has to be a load. I have always put the speakers face to face, a few inches apart and wired one speaker out of phase. This will cancel out alot of the sound. Turn them up a little. Then put a blanket over them. This works VERY well.

We used this method in every store I've ever owned.
NO, you need a load at the other end. Look in the archives using keywords...speaker cable burn in.
I would do what Mofimadness recommends. The only think I would add is to play white noise. That will make a big difference, as well.
Thanks guys, I figured you needed to connect them, just wasn't sure why, but now I know! Does the volume level make a difference?
"Can you break speaker cables in with the speaker disconnected"

eeerrrrrrr current has to flow. don't it? Of course it really does not matter since 'break in' in just part of high-end nonsense.
"Of course it really does not matter since 'break in' in just part of high-end nonsense."

Spoken like a true philistine. Me and my cable cooker will disprove you every minute of the day.
@ MR P: One must discipline oneself to ignore the concrete minded(throughly mixed up/permanently set).
Rodman99999, "Concrete minded", I love that.
OP, by 'speaker disconnected', i trust you don't mean shorting the circuit, i.e.
joining the red and black at the speaker end?? There are amps that might
tolerate this but 99% will go bang..
No, didnt mean connecting positive and negative. Just didnt understand that it had to be hooked up. Still curious though about volume level. I'm guessing the louder it is, the more current, the faster it burns in?
I have never noticed volume making a difference for cable break in.
Stick one end of each cable in positive side of ac outlet make sure you tape other end so you don't get zapped. You will be putting 115 volts through cable. That is the fastest way to break them in.
Louder means higher voltage. You might try it. It works for me when I (re) solder terminations, but the break-in only takes a 1/2 hour of medium volume playing.

One European cable manufacturer "breaks in" his UNterminated wires by using them as a main cable for a few hours (on a lamp bulb if I'm not mistaken). That's 230V, 50Hz AC.

DON'T DO THIS unless you're an electrician!

Just mentioned it to give an idea of what crazy things we people will do. A cable cooker is more benign & much more expensive:)
Why do you have to be a electrician to plug a cable in a wall plug?
Do you need a electrician to plug in a lamp in a wall plug? Just tape the bare end to be safe.
There is no, "positive" side to an AC outlet. There is a HOT leg, and NOTHING will flow, if a wire is connected between two hots of the SAME PHASE. Current will only flow if a NEUTRAL is attached, or if both HOT legs of your incoming 230V service are attached. In either of those cases; there had best be a load connected(ie: lightbulb/230V appliance), else you will have(of course) created a dead short.
Why not just put one end into the amp and the other into the speaker?
"Why not just put one end into the amp and the other into the speaker?"

What's the point of being AUDIOPHILES if things are that simple? We might as well be normal people. I see you have a lot to learn about high-end audio. I would have thought that every Audiophile worthy of the name would know the answer to all this. Oh well, might as well tell you:
Tie one end of the cable to a lightning Rod atop a tall building, the other end to a grounding Rod driven into the earth.( I assume you have a LOT of cable) Wait for a storm, if you live in Texas, you won't wait long, and watch them babies break-in!!
@ZD, lol
@Rok2id, rotflmao
now, where to find that lightning rod...
Rather than having to wait for a lightning bolt to happen along; you can build a Tesla Generator: (http://www.teslagenerator.tv/) Then again; here is a more civilized and controllable method: (http://phonoclone.com/diy-rack.html) Build it, as instructed for non-polar resistors(last sentence) and install a 10 Ohm/50W resistor, across the speaker ends of the cable. MoFi's method, with a Pink Noise CD(on repeat), is what I've generally used for my cables though(plus lots of listening).
Rok2id,

"Tie one end of the cable to a lightning Rod atop a tall building, the other end to a grounding Rod driven into the earth.( I assume you have a LOT of cable) Wait for a storm, if you live in Texas, you won't wait long, and watch them babies break-in!!"

Once again you prove that you don't know your ass from a lightning rod. I don't have a lot of cable. I have a very, very, expensive small piece of cable.
"Once again you prove that you don't know your ass from a lightning rod. I don't have a lot of cable. I have a very, very, expensive small piece of cable."

Well, don't you have an erector set or tinker toy thingys?? Make a small building!! Jeez, do I have to explain EVERYTHING!!! Where did you guys get your audiophile cards, Best Buy???
ACTUALLY; this is the level of Tesla Generator that I had in mind: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY-AS13fl30&feature=related)
So, how long would it take to burn in a set of cables with that tesla? 1 lightning bolt? Or would I need more?
breakin em in ey? you darn should try it like they do dim horses. ya give em to one of dos tex an cowgirls. day wud breakem for ya for jus da fun of it. I say to um break away. Dat will(spit!!)tak car of dim cabls. dats wat we tex an audio philies do hear in tar texass. plees no responses frum sensitive cabl luvrs.
Excellent post Marqmike !!!!!
Why do you have to be a electrician to plug a cable in a wall plug?
You don't. I just didn't know how well acquainted the OP is with electricity...