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Not that I’m pro break in, but I’d think if you were to see a measurable difference it would be in an impulse response or square wave graph.

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    In headphones, the impulse response, square waves, and frequency response are all tied together. Change one and you change the other and vice versa. They would reveal the same thing as the frequency response, but in a less useful manner.

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    If there was a difference in the impulse response, we would see it show up in either the frequency response or the phase response.

    You can’t change the impulse response without also affecting frequency response and/or phase.

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    Can you see the leading edge of the transient, decay/sustain, resonance, ringing, etc. in the frequency response? I suppose that’s what I was referring to.

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    Can you see the leading edge of the transient, decay/sustain, resonance, ringing, etc. in the frequency response? I suppose that’s what I was referring to.

    CSD is also tied to the FR. It’s not very useful for telling us what is and isn’t audible either.

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    Can you see the leading edge of the transient, decay/sustain, resonance, ringing, etc. in the frequency response? I suppose that’s what I was referring to.

    Seeing as all those things would reveal themselves as peaks of variable bandwidth in the frequency response, yes.

    As long as we’re talking about LTI-systems (which headphones are), then yes.
    Of course using digital signal processing one could conceive of a system that shows flat frequency response but endless ringing (e.g. a reverberation effect), but this is where we leave the LTI conditions.

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    As mentioned by others, these changes will also show up in the frequency and phase response plots, but may not be as easy to interpret. The impulse response may be better for seeing some of these changes, and may be worse for detecting other changes. Group delay and CSD are best for analyzing/interpreting attack and decay and we didn’t notice any significant changes in those plots over time.

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