Does the IDA-16 need to be run "loud" during break-in, or will playing softly with a CD on repeat do the trick? I assume a lot of this is about forming the capacitors and so forth, and I don't know if that requires loudness or just any old current. Thanks!
Both the amp and the DAC the IDA-16 that need to break in.
I have a DAC-10 and with the exception of changing cables, I leave it on 24/7. What I mean by that is there is always a signal going through the DAC so it is always busy decoding a source - usually an internet radio station.
I leave my amps on 24/7 too, so they are always busy amplifying whatever the DAC sends to it. The volume is moderate by day, and somewhat louder to fairly loud when I listen at night between 10 pm and midnight. Then while everyone is asleep, the amps continue to work at a very moderate level. The only time I have ever turned them off is to switch out a cable.
How are you liking the IDA-16 with your Spatial OBs?