We live in a fab time to be a guitar player: So many options out there, right? Also many players are coming to realise how important speakers are to your overall tone. That's great. However, I have noticed that people try speakers brand new at low volume to conclude that the tone might not be ideal. Back to square one trying other speaker model. Guitar speakers are not cheap and the shipping cost is huge. Swapping forever new speakers is a very expensive and daft way of finding your tone; furthermore it is almost guaranteed that you'll never reach the tonal nirvana in your head. That's why speaker gurus at Scumback (no affiliation) break in the vast majority of their speakers before shipping. Most of their customers rave about them but I believe their success is at least partly due to the break-in process they apply. If you are not totally convinced by the tone coming out of your speakers, you should try to break them in before giving up on them. Do it anyway and then decide if a speaker swap is really needed. In my experience, even cheap OEM/stock guitar speakers can sound good after many years of abuse in term of loud playing. One example are the infamous G12T-75s by Celestion. Hated by many and swapped almost immediately. The 75s are very well built albeit a bit harsh when new. The thing is that both English and Chinese made 75s can sound really good after either many, many hours of loud playing. The older 75 sounds so much better here and a large percentage of the difference is due to use. Hear it for yourself. [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iqfNCidmMs[/ame] Another example of a well used 75 that sounds more than decent to my ears: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91pCEDv1tRw[/ame] To save time or if you don't play at high volumes that often, I always recommend breaking-in your speakers. There are a few ways of break speakers in (e.g. variacs, looped CD player, sine wave generator, white noise, even CDs produced for this purpose...) Virtually all guitar speakers sound better once broken in. Some only improve a little bit. Others change dramatically: typically, less ice-pick high-end; smoother highs; more musical mid-range; cleaner, clearer low end as opposed to the dreaded mushy lows. Also they tend to sound louder and more present as well. The moral of the story is, break in your speakers before deciding whether you like your present speakers or not. You might be surprised that even a cheap speaker can sound quite good if given a chance and you'll be saving your money. Please share your broken in speaker testimony here or ask any questions. Rock'n'Roll.