HTS Moderator Emeritus
Join Date: Oct 2006
Re: Driver Break in - Fact or Fiction?
Yeah, the more I learn about speaker building, the more I realize that it is impossible to design one speaker that sounds great in every room.
Even just the distance from the wall can influence the crossover design. On wall speakers have a different baffle step compensation circuit than those who are away from the wall. So try picking one design and having two people take it home -- one mounts it on the wall the other puts it on stands. Two completely different experiences.
that's why I like learning about crossover design. As of now, I'm designing for my room. If I go to a bigger room and notice new problems, or have to turn a design into an in-wall, I can simply redesign the crossover (or baffle) to compensate.
I do stand by my break-in statements, though. The giant 15" woofers I am using for my dipole bass measured very different out of the box versus 20 hours of listening. I have one more to break in. I will do the measurements and post results (so far I haven't saved them, since it was just for subwoofers -- i.e. no passive crossover to design). I doubt it's a big difference, but if you designed a crossover based on one expected impedance plot and it changes, well then you end up with a different response.