Cable Breakin


Just received a pair of HiDiamond 8 speaker cable. Out of the box they seem to be very laid back and lacking presence. Do these cables change with breakin and how long does breakin typically take?
arh
If you do not like the basic sound then return them.
Break in should be like getting the icing on the cake.
If they displease you right off. forget them.
There are a few items where the item sucks until it breaks in.. But those are Headphones.. and speakers most of the time.
I had a seven meter interconnect which sounded like cat vomit for the first two days.. But I expected it to be hard to sound great as it was after all.. seven meters long.
But the thrd day I was satisfied it was going to be good.

Waiting a long time just makes you used to sound...
(and naturally someone else will chime in how their cable took sixteen months to break in and went from cat puke to glorious...) right.
Well, you know that all of the moving parts and the electronic components in a cable have to break-in before it sounds good, right? A year or two of break-in at 20 hrs. a day at 120db oughta do it.

Just kidding...

-RW-
I tend to agree with Elizabeth on this one, although I believe in break in. Do you have refund ability if you decide to return them? And if so, where did you purchase?
Was/is there an option to treat them on a "cable cooker?"
I think a break-in period is almost universally acknowledged
on electronics, speakers, and cables, isn't it?

Have you ever frozen your cables, or CDs?
Put the cables in a large plastic bag and place in a freezer for two
days. Transfer to the refrigerator for one day. Then,
take them out and remove from plastic bag and place between heavy cloth
or a blanket for one day, to allow them to slowly reach room temperature.
Now, give them a try and let me know if they sound different.

Added steps can include thoroughly cleaning and applying a contact enhancer to the terminals, and gently wiping the cables with a microfiber cloth that has been sprayed with anti-static treatment.

You are only limited by your time, and imagination, right?
often break in time for wire is around 100 hours

give it at least that much time if you can
on the other hand, not much to lose by running them a few weeks and then listening. Lots of things shouldn't make a difference, but do...
Arh HD cables do take a while to break in. They will change dranatically durning the 1st 500hrs. I have a little over 400hrs on my HiDiamond 8 and layed back and lacking presence thier not. Hang in there.
I have now found that after 4 days and 16 hours there has been a total change in presentation for the better. I am thinking that the problem may be that these cables were shipped from Italy to Canada to New york and finally to me in Texas. They had to be subjected to a lot of temperature extremes and a lot of vibration. It probably took a few days to settle in. Does this make sense. Now if they continue to improve they will be spectacular
Alan
it is well known that electrical fields around the cable settle in with the new environment as well

I am sure someone else can explain this better than me...

4 days and 16 hours seems about right

;^)
Arh, is this your FIRST audio system and SC???
I have been an audiophile for 60 years and have purchased many cables and have never experienced such a radical change in the sound of a SC. In fact have always found little or no breakin for any cables. Just reporting what I heard with these cables
Alan
I never bought the HiDiamond speaker cables, but all of my HiDiamond power cords and interconnects took many hours to break in. So give them some time.
01-30-13: Arh
I have been an audiophile for 60 years and have purchased many cables and have never experienced such a radical change in the sound of a SC. In fact have always found little or no breakin for any cables. Just reporting what I heard with these cables
Alan
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Your experience is 180' different from mine with many many cables passing through my system ranging from inexpensive to ultra expensive. I guess we have very very different systems.