If you have a HT with adequate terminations, put them there and use the receiver/processor to do the job, this way you shorten the time with your precious tubed gear. No need to turn on the TV or projector.
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It seems you could benefit from using one of the many cable cooking services that exist, that is if you require instant gratification at low cost. BTW, if the cables sound the same when you get them back, don't blame the cooking service ;--)
2nd choice is using a break-in disc like the one from Purist, every time you leave the house for an hour or two, and it'll be done in just a few hours.
3rd choice is just let nature take its course and do nothing.
Frankly, unless you have a powerful amp, inefficient speakers, and play your system loud, "in system" break-in can never do the job as thoroughly as a cable cooker can. The real question is will it make a difference? Personally, I think the answer depends on the cables in question and what kind of materials went into their manufacture (rather than what they cost.)
i never thought about the break in process as a source of enjoyment. i consider it a nuisance and inconvenience.
i'm interested in the long run, namely, how the stereo system sounds after the speaker cable has broken in.
i would like to accelerate the process of break in. i would prefer not running my tube amp any longer than possible.
in addition, since i am borrowing the cable, there is a limited amount of time i have to evaluate the speaker cable.
it is prudent to find a way to make an intelligent judgment sooner rather than later.
yes, you have a point about break in. a component's performance may degrade after several hundred hours. i need to be able to get to the point where i can hear the true sound of the cable sooner rather than later.