I've always broken in New speakers the old fashioned way, by playing loud as often as I can for a good 20 hrs of play time. My question is, does the Brake Lite affect this? As in, cranking the amp with no BL vs with a BL set on 3, does the speaker break in as fast?
Z28 1x12" combo w/ Z Brakelite 1966 Fender Super Reverb G&L Legacy G&L ASAT Classic G&L ASAT Bluesboy
Post by benttop (Steve) on Nov 28, 2017 21:08:44 GMT -7
I think that's a good question. Just thinking about it here, I'd say that the length of time it takes to break in your speaker will be directly proportional to the SPL coming from the speaker during the break in period. So the louder you play, the shorter the break in time. The actual mathematical relationship would likely be a fairly complex set of functions beyond my abilities, but maybe someone here has a grasp of those.
Post by premiumplus (Dave) on Nov 29, 2017 15:37:04 GMT -7
What Steve says. If you cut the power you're sending to the speaker with an attenuator it's just the same as turning the amp's volume down (as far as the speaker is concerned). Turn the attenuator off and crank the amp. Otherwise all you are doing is wasting your power tube's life for nothing. Think about it: The attenuator just cuts the amount of power that the speaker gets and converts the rest of it to heat, through a resistor. That means that you're using your amp to heat up a resistor, not drive a speaker, which is the whole point of breaking in a speaker...drive it hard and loud to loosen it up and get it used to working hard.
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