jkmcc Posted February 11, 2021 Share Posted February 11, 2021 Here’s a question for you guys. If left unplayed over time, might the drivers in a pair of speakers become slightly non compliant and benefit from a period of “burn in” by playing music through them over several hours and days? The reason I ask is that the 10 year old 5As I bought in early January from my neighbor Jack, a very nice guy in his mid 70’s who I had not met before but lives just a few blocks away from me, had not been played or plugged in for the past 7 years or so! Apparently Jack and his wife had converted their garage to an apartment space about 7 years ago, and all the boxes, etc. that had been in the garage had been moved into Jack’s home office / music room and taken over the space. It is only in these past couple of months that he has gotten that room cleared out enough to reclaim it as a functional space again. When I demoed the speakers in that room, Jack was running them with a pair of McIntosh 2102 amps that he had bridged and some kind of McIntosh pre amp, it was a less than optimal environment to hear them in. But his room is large, 25’ish by 40’ish?, and although the speakers didn’t sound perfect, they still sounded pretty darn good and I could hear their sense of scale and figured that once the housekeeping on the 9v batteries was done, they would be worth owning. Now that I’ve been playing the 5As consistently over the past couple of weeks after having the 9v batteries in the high pass filters and crossovers changed, they seem to have continued to open up and sound more relaxed and articulate and authoritative as I listen each day. Of course this may simply be a function of having found a close to optimum spot in the room for them after several days of adjustments. And maybe I’m just getting familiar with the sound of the speakers and what they can do. But still, each day I’ve seemed to be surprised by something I hear and think to myself, I didn’t hear that yesterday. So, is it the speakers “burning in” again? Or is it just me? Another question I have, and this was suggested to me by Brian Berdan of Audio Element when I told him this tale, is whether it would be advisable to send the subwoofer amps to Vandersteen to have them gone through. Brian thought, since the speakers had been sitting unused for so long, that it might be worth doing. At the moment everything sounds pretty amazing to me, but let me know what you think. Best, John Oh, and btw, the reason Jack was selling the 5As is that he had purchased a pair of MBL 101E Mk1s, that he’d purchased from someone somewhere in New England, that are now sitting in his room inside of a couple of enormous plywood crates. He told me that he’d wanted them forever, having never shaken the memory of being blown away by a pair of Ohm As over 50 years ago. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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