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    Assuming you acknowledge cables need burning in, and I assume it’s like asking how long is a piece of string, how long on average should speaker cables take to burn in?
    As far as I can remember, I haven’t had to burn any in, possibly due to the fact that most, but not all, were pre owned, but I fancied trying some new,(to me) very reasonably priced ones, expecting something from them, a shimmering sparkly top end, which wasn’t there, so I assumed they needed burning in, although a very knowledgeable member here told me that the brand would not benefit from any burning in.
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    There is nothing in cables to 'burn in'. No miraculous realignment of molecules or reconfiguration of atomic structure occurs, they remain as they were made. In my opinion of course, others may differ.
    The word is 'valves' in this country, not tubes. Tubes are what Smarties come in!

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    What Geoff said.
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    I think that “cable burn in” is equal to the amount of time that your brain needs to get accustomed to the new sound of your system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    I think that “cable burn in” is equal to the amount of time that your brain needs to get accustomed to the new sound of your system.
    Yup.
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    Someone says he hears it; others feel the need to say they do too.. others, who are contrary say its bollocks.. pick your sides, draw your weapons of choice and fight it out. (but remember there is a shortage)
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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    I think that “cable burn in” is equal to the amount of time that your brain needs to get accustomed to the new sound of your system.
    That is probably mostly true, but cables do burn in albeit very slightly. Signal cables less so due to their small current draw, which speaker and power cables have plenty of for the process. It isn't a "one off" process either, as a period of non-usage means they may need running in again. I had a mains power cord that did exactly that each time I used it.

    What will never happen is a poor sounding cable transform into a great sounding cable like a flower bud opening up.

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I notice that Nordost think cables do require burning in, any thoughts on why that would be? ��
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    Money?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Money?
    its true tho.. folk spent a grand of cables and they sound crap, or no better then to stop them wanting a refund, you say they need 200 hrs... by that time you have forgotten that they sounded crap as your used to them.
    Regards,
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    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
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    **Iíve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**
    "An old man sleeps with his conscience at night, while young kids sleep with their dreams"

    "Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea, And it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the free"
    Give me absolute control
    Over every living soul, I've seen the future, baby,
    It is murder!
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