At Cambridge Audio, we strive to achieve the ultimate performance from every product we offer. From the powerful DACs in (and out for that matter) our amps to the software intricacies in our AVRs, we leave no room for error in getting the best out of our equipment to improve your enjoyment. The only thing we can’t help you with (as much as we’d REALLY like to) is running in your brand spanking new set of speakers.
Why do I need to run in my speakers?
Running in your new speakers is a lot like breaking in a recently purchased pair of shoes. Bear with us on this! it’s not necessary to wear in your new shoes, as you’ll no doubt wear them in overtime. But if you want full enjoyment from the word go, you probably should. Perhaps we should take on the footwear market next?
So enough about shoes, here’s the mechanics on getting your brand new pride and joys at their optimum performance straight out of the box...
We start with the diaphragm or cone of the speaker (that’s the material surrounding the dust cap); it has coils that drive it to produce the vibrations of air to your ears. Secondly is the spider, which is the fabric disk attached to the ‘voice-coil’ and base of the cone and provides a spring for the cone to return to its original position after the voice coil has moved it from responding to the input signal.
When running in your speakers you are effectively stretching out the spider fabric from the constant back and forth movements allowing it to be more flexible and free. Much like when you’re wearing in your new shoes, you’re stretching them out to match the shape of your foot. Don’t worry, the footwear analogies will end shortly. This flexibility will allow the speaker to create a smoother and more pleasant sound with the correct amount of bass.