IEM burn-in: Is a messy bass likely to go away?
September 4, 2014 4:02 PM Subscribe
Hi. If I have new IEMs and the bass sounds like it's just too much -- unblended, overshadowing, even muddying -- is it possible that it will balance out in the same way as other problems go away during/after proper burn-in time?
posted by noelpratt2nd to Technology (4 answers total)
Brainwavz M3. I have a jewel of a pair from 2012 that now have a connection problem but which while I'm sitting quietly sound fantastic -- almost BETTER since the onset of the periodic bother of one or the other earphone going out (then my jiggling the cable to bring the sound back).
Anyway, I figured I'd get another pair but that is the specimen that had the trouble of the too much and obnoxious bass, as described above. I returned them. Mind you, I could compare and the old pair sounded great, so placebo more unlikely. It's wasn't like I was comparing two different items. Brainwavz said they haven't changed the build/"formula" since 2012 and all should be the same. I recall in fact that the great pair, when I got them, started out w/ not very much bass, but that bass grew as I went along.
So I'm ordering the M3s again on the chance that I got a fluke last time and the coming one will, given time, arrive at the same general sound quality as pair #1. BUT: if it DOES have the same prevalent, muddy, artificial-sounding bass as the one I recently returned, I'll figure something's just different nowadays and I'll accept it (or return once more if terrible and long-lasting).
Still: Am I hoping against hope that such a problem as the bass, once in place, can actually become more subdued, just as a fuller treble can come about given good burning in?