Burn – in is the name of a process which tests the brand new speakers of the headphones about the ear pad or the net of the speakers. Before using for an amount of time, the ear pads are still quite hard and can’t reach the minimum elastic requirements. Testing runs will help the headphone’s frames and drivers soften and better functioning. It’s similar to testing runs in cars or motorbikes.

headphonesBurn – in will allow your headphone to sound better than a brand new one. The differences will be found out after a certain amount of time burning – in (at least 24 to hundreds of hours). Burn – in helps the speakers to emit better sounds (softer sounds, better sound range, deeper bass,…) even the best headphones for working out to be burnt – in to achieve the best performance according to designs of manufacturers.

There are 2 basic ways of burn – in:

  1. Natural burn – in
  2. Burn – in using software


In fact, natural burn – in is simply the act of putting headphone on your ears and play your favorite playlist naturally, you don’t need any particular sound files designed just for burning – in or any specialized software. This type of burn – in is used widely by common users naturally and they don’t even know they are burning – in their headphones.


  • Easy to process
  • Can access to world of music right away without waiting for hours like other burn – in methods
  • No need to plug the headphone in sources of music for hours continuously.


  • It takes time to achieve noticeable results; sometimes it’s very difficult to distinguish the differences between brand new products and burnt – in one.

Notes: With new buy headphones, the ear pads are quite rough therefore you shouldn’t listen to music continuously for hours and better set the volume in average amount just enough for listening to avoid any ear pad damages.


To simplify and automatic the burn – in processes, recently there are various types of supporting software that enable users to burn – in the headphones without adjusting by hands. One of the most popular one is Burninwave Generator. Here’s the way to use it:

  • Prepare a computer and Burninwave Generator.
  • Plug the headphone in 3.5mm jack on sound card and turn on the burn – in software on the computer.
  • Click on Generator tab and choose one of the sounds below: White noise, Pink noise, Pure test tone and Frequency Sweep. You should choose Pink noise to acquire best results and shorten burn – in time.
  • Tick Enable rest period and set the playing time for 120 minutes after each 30 minutes resting (default by the software).
  • Put on the headphone and hit Play button, then you will hear buzzing sounds just like on lost signal TV channels. Move the Volume ratio bar until when the sound is hearable enough without suffer from any noises (either too loud or too small). Then remove the headphone out of your ears and put it in the box and let it burn itself.
  • After about 100 hours of burning – in (rest time not accounted), you continue to increase the volume for a little but (your ears might have to endure the sounds that are louder than usual) and burn – in for around 70 hours in this level.
  • When achieving at least 70 hours, increase the volume for a little bit more until your ears can’t handle the sound and burn – in for at least 30 hours. It will be the end of the burn – in process.
  • After the sum of about 200 hours continuously burn – in with 3 different volume range, your headphone almost gains the best condition and show the truly essence as produced.

Note: Burning – in for 200 hours is quite time consuming, so you can burn – in daily while working in offices or at home. In case of buzzing sounds that annoy people around you, you had better put the headphone inside the protective bag or box to reduce the noises.


  • Burn – in times and rest times are automatically set to avoid any forgets from users
  • No need specialized sound files


  • Takes quite long time to complete the burn – in process
  • The process requires long time plugging so it doesn’t work with people who must travel a lot.

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