Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Tim Webb
This is actually a useful free app, but the reason I'm including it here is because of how amusing the iTunes blurb is.
Audio Break-in iTunes Description:
This app is a tool which supports a break-in of output devices such as a speaker and a headphone using pink noise. The pink noise is said to be good for the break-in, however, there is no basis about it. For details, please refer to various papers.
Exemption from Liability
ASTI will not be held liable for anything that transpires as a result of using the app. No liability whatever will be accepted for any damage, injury or loss that may be suffered as a result of using the app.
- Break-in Time - From 1 minute to 1000 hours, 59 minutes.
- Word Sizes - 16, 24 or 32 bit.
- Sample Rates - 44.1k, 48k, 96k or 192kHz
- Volume - It changes volume.
I love that right there in the description he's like, "Fuck it, I don't even know if this works. Go read science, or something." He doesn't even offer any links for the, "various papers." Here is some good sciencey sounding stuff if you're inclined.
The need to "Break-in" or "Burn-in" speakers is a bit of myth, but it is one that is observed by many and even recommended by some manufacturers. I personally observe a break-in period by just running music through the new gear. In the case of headphones you can just do that overnight. This app might speed up the process though by sending out all the frequencies of pink noise.