Buy your cables from us and we will burn in your new RCA or XLR interconnect cables or speaker cables using the Nordost Vidar cable burner. The process takes 4 days to accomplish so give us 5 working days to get the job done and your cables on their way to you.
When completed, your cables will be fully burned in and ready to use in your system.
If you have purchased the cables from another vendor, the price for burn in is $35. You must call us to order this service.
From anti-static treatment to
cable elevators, there are several things one can do to maximize the
performance level of audio cables. For years now, manufacturers have
been aware of another practice that drastically improves upon
performance that has recently been gaining acceptance from hifi
enthusiasts: cable burn-in.
Any listener will be able to identify a marked change in audio
equipment within the first 100 hours of use (whether it be a new cable,
component or loudspeaker). But what is the reason for these improvements
and what can be done to facilitate this process?
During the manufacturing process, as insulation is extruded over the
conductors, gases can become trapped. This combined with the high
electrical charges often found in new cables, result in a brittle and
bright sound that lacks the detail and depth desired for music
reproduction. There are a few ways to solve this problem. One way to
burn-in your cables is to simply hook them up in your home audio system
and play music for a minimum of 100 hours. Even better, use a burn in
disc, like Nordost’s System Set-Up & Tuning Disc,
which provides a track specifically designed to produces a range of
tones that stress the cables and expedite the burn-in process. However,
the best solution is to treat your cables using a designated cable
burn-in device such as Nordost’s Vidar.
When cables are first put into use, their directionality is not
securely established. However, once the Vidar begins running current
through the cables, the trapped gases are dissipated and small
impurities in the conductor’s metal begin to act like a diode, favoring
current flow in a particular direction. By using extremely wide
bandwidth signal as well as a range of both ultra-low and high frequency
sweeps, the Vidar stresses the conductors, neutralizes charges,
improves the way that signals pass through metal and ultrasonically
conditions the surface of the conductors. It is these changes in both
the conductor and insulation material that refines performance in audio
While it is most important to implement burn-in upon purchase, there
is something to be gained from routine maintenance as well. If cables
are left unused for a prolonged period of time they become stagnant. And
even through everyday cable use, electrical equipment experiences
current leakage, imparting a charge onto your cables. By having your
cables treated with the Vidar you are conditioning them and allowing the charges to neutralize