Breaking in speakers

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  1. mobis8

    mobis8 Member

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    I just got a Vox AC30 not to long ago which came with Celestian Blue speakers. So far I have not been too impressed with them, however I have read a lot that it takes time to break them in. How long should this take (assuming you play two hours per day twice a week). And once broke in, what noticable differences will there be (I am hoping someone says the treble will come down quite a bit lol).

    Also, I read on another forum that people are running ipods through them and just playing music to shorten the breakin time... Would this work, or be a good idea? Would the volume matter if so, or just having the speakers being used?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TGF

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    Interested in hearing some answers on this too!
     
  3. Luke

    Luke Senior Member

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    I've run music through my speakers to break them in. There are even CDs made for such a purpose with tones within the guitar speakers range.

    I always let them run a low volumes, starting at quiet volumes and working up to speaking volume, while at work. Eventually a little louder but never loud due to fear of bass drum and bass guitar signals being too bassy.

    After a week, 8 hours a day they are broken in in my experience.
     
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    There are tons of threads here on TGP with numerous speaker break-in suggestions. I too have used an iPod. You can also use a guitar loop if you have a looper.
     
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    Just realize those EL84s and the low wattage alnicos will NEVER give you a big tight bottom end...
     
  6. mobis8

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    See, I don't notice the loss of bottom end when I play it through the orange, so I figured it wasn't the EL84s, rather the blues...
     
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    In my experience, if you're not at least mostly happy with the sound of new speakers, you're using the wrong speakers. The tone one achieves after break-in should be icing on the cake.

    With your Orange, you've got twice the speaker area in a closed back cab. Of course you're going to have a bigger sound, and a tighter bottom end.

    The Blues in an AC30 are suited to a much different tone than what you're accustomed to, assuming that the Orange 4x12 in your sig is your go-to speaker cab.
     
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    Cabinet laying face down and music pumped through for hours.
     
  9. Structo

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    I think the break in period happens over time so you are not apt to pick up on it sonically.
    If you had your broke in cab and a new cab and could do a A/B test you would probably be able to hear it.

    A few techniques for breaking in:

    Using a Variac (60 Hz hum used to break in)

    Using a filament transformer, same idea as the variac

    Pumping music through them

    And of course playing your guitar through them over a period of time.
     
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    For pumping music through them, I highly recommend ZZ Top's "Rhytheem"...tons of bass and fuzzy guitar - a big bottom end mix on this CD. Turned the bass and mids up to max, treble/reverb off and run it about 1/3 volume. I've used it in the past on loop while at work (I'm sure my dogs know the lyrics by heart !!!).
     
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    Also, the break-in effect can vary depending on your speakers. It's more dramatic for some speakers such as G12H30's.
     
  12. Hacksaw

    Hacksaw Time Warped Gold Supporting Member

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    My blue when it broke in, the bass came up quite a bit. I ended up backing off the bass and I knew the speaker loosened up. This took about 2 hours for me with a 5e3. Suprised to hear it has taken some longer to let loose..
     

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