My routine for breaking in a cd player is to connect the cd player to the preamp or integrated, put a cd in the player on repeat and let it play for a week or more.
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I like to use track 4 of "Irrational, But Efficacious", the System Enhancer Disc from Ayre Acoustics. Use the repeat function on the player and let 'er rip for about a couple of days. Then, I use real music and let the music disc repeat for another day. This works well for most all components, including cables/cords and contact enhancers.
My last couple of CD players arrived just before the start of week long vacations. I put them in the system, put a high energy disk on repeat, and let the system run for 7-10 days unti I returned.
My most recent player was a highly modified Oppo 980 from Rick Shultze at EVS. It sounded like a different player after breaking in for 240 hours in a row.....
Thanks, Ed! I must say I haven't broken in many cables in the past few years (am I missing something by being off the cable merry go round?) since I've gone to this break-in strategy, but I will certainly employ it thanks to you.
I realized another variation of this way I go about the cycling is the one I actually use more often, but same result. Off during the day, while I'm out of the house at work. Then, when I get home, the component goes on, and I often listen for a couple of hours in the evening, then leave it on all night. Again, just before I leave the house for work, I turn it off.