How Long Do Speakers Last

By José Carter  |  September 6, 2021
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Dealing with damaged speakers is frustrating.

Whether they’ve blown out or had an issue with the power amplification, it’s frustrating not being able to use them when you want to. So, you’re probably wondering how you can get the most out of your speakers and lucky for you, we have all the answers.

Learn how long your speakers can last, tips to prolonging lifespan and how you can avoid any hassles.

How Long Do Speakers Last?

The longevity of speakers depends on varying factors, but a quality pair of speakers can last for decades. Speakers are estimated to last up to 20 years or a lifetime if they are correctly maintained. Before purchasing new speakers, it's wise to research the product's reliability.

If you use speakers as they are intended, say, using 2-Way Vs. 3 Way speakers accordingly - then, it's likely that your speakers will have a more appropriate lifespan.

Some of the most important factors to consider include sound quality and durability. A bonus would be finding quality speakers at a reasonable price. When it comes to old speakers, you're probably wondering how much time they have left and how you can best maintain them.

According to research, speakers are among the longest-lasting audio products as they're designed to withstand long periods. However, there are some exceptions.

If your speakers do start breaking down or detoriating, you might want to look at refoaming them, or, checking if they've blown.

Pair of quality speakers
Image 1: A pair of quality speakers can last a long time if you treat them with care and look after them.

Sometimes, old speakers may experience issues if manufacturers stop supporting software updates. Or, if kept for really long periods - the material used to manufacture these speakers could begin to break down.

Luckily, technology has advanced enough to where newer materials such as carbon fiber and Kevlar are now used to improve speaker durability. And, speakers and hifi systems can automatically upgrade themselves why a smartphone and an internet connection.

Always consider that quality is a determining factor as to how long your speakers can last. Every brand has different levels of quality, and these differences determine how reliable your speakers are.

Furthermore, some speakers may have disparities within the same line, not to mention the same brand. Cheaper materials won't last long, so you should also consider whether the speaker was designed to be repaired. Sometimes, speakers are made to be used and then thrown away - and are built with a short life cycle in mind.

Other factors affecting lifespan include design, material, placement, a conducive environment, connected amplifiers, and usage time. Using the speakers responsibly will improve how long they last; some parts such as surround and spider will eventually weaken.

How Long Do Computer Speakers Last?

Mid-range speakers usually last for one to three years if they are used in moderation.

High-quality speakers can last for three or more years and, in some cases, a lifetime! It all depends on how often they're used and how well they're maintained.

Cheap computer speakers made from defective materials will eventually deteriorate after a few years. If you choose high-end speakers, they may last for decades without repairs, but some parts will need replacing throughout their lifespan.

Good pair of computer speakers.
Image 2: A good pair of computer speakers will long outlast your device, depending on the pair.

Some materials make the speakers last longer than others. While every part is uniquely designed and constructed, the materials used in the initial development stages are critical.

Some manufacturers elect to use low-quality materials depending on the budget and final price. This makes the speakers susceptible to deterioration, repairs, and replacement within a short period.

So how long can you expect yours to last? Under normal circumstances, cheap speakers can last up to five years if they are maintained well enough. High-quality speakers may last for decades depending on how well taken care of they are.

Do Speakers Wear Out?

Like most audio equipment, speakers eventually wear out. They degrade over time for various reasons, including:

Turning Them Up Too Loud

When they're turned up too loud for long periods, it can damage the speaker. The extent of the damage depends on the volume. So how loud is too loud?

Image of speakers that are too loud.
Image 3: Turning up your speakers too loud can damage the delicate parts inside them, making them age faster.

 Every speaker has different capabilities, but you can avoid distortion if you stick to the reference level.

When the power level of the inputted audio signal level exceeds the speakers' abilities, it causes them to burn out. This can also occur due to overloading.

Leaving Them In A Moist Environment

Leaving speakers in a moist environment can also damage them unless they're water-resistant. Placing them in an ideal environment will ensure you avoid internal corrosion and malfunction. Physical damage caused by weather or adverse climate will ultimately affect speaker performance and their longevity.

Power Surges

Power surges can send increased levels of electricity into speakers. Keeping the speakers on at all times can lead to a burnout during power surges that can harm the internal amplifier, crossovers, and drivers.

Loose Connections

If your speakers regularly make a cracking or popping sound, they may have a loose connection. Fixing these connections is simple; it just requires tightening or soldering.

Speakers with loose connections.
Image 4: Loose connections can damage electrical transferece, thus damaging speakers over time.

You can do this by double checking that all the wires are correctly placed within their ports. Or, if they are soldered, you will have to check that speaker wires are correctly affixed to the speaker terminals.

Bear in mind, if these loose connections are neglected, it can lead to further damage.

Extreme Temperatures

If the climate is too hot or cold, it can negatively affect the longevity of the speaker. You may melt the voice coil, adhesive surrounding the speaker, and the internal wire if it's too hot. When it's too cold, the materials may become too brittle, resulting in breakage of sensitive parts.

What Is The Average Life Of A Speaker?

With the proper maintenance, environmental conditions, and repairs, speakers can last over two decades. Audio enthusiasts will agree that quality speakers stand the test of time if they are well preserved. Ultimately, it depends on the care you put into taking care of the speakers whether they will last for years.

As technology advances, newer materials and innovations also make it possible to stretch durability even further.

How Long Do House Speakers Last?

Most home speakers will last over 20 years if kept in an ideal environment. If you place them outside with different temperatures, conditions, and humidity, you can expect them to deteriorate at a faster rate.

How Long Do Quality Speakers Last?

High-quality speakers should last up to 40 to 50 years before they deteriorate. Like any other piece of equipment, taking the time to look after the speakers will ensure optimal usage.

From a fully functional vintage set to the latest sound system innovation, maintaining your unit's condition will provide quality sound for years. This means keeping the speakers dust-free, away from direct sunlight, and avoiding power surges is imperative.

Conclusion: So, How Long Do Speakers Last?

Now you know that with the proper care, speakers can last for a lifetime.

For the passionate musicians, music lovers and entertainment fans, fear no more inconveniences or hassles because you’re equipped with everything you need to know to prolong the lifespan of your speakers. Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with us.

José Carter
Founder
José is a veteran audiophile with an MSc in Engineering, and a passion for sharing his audio knowledge with others.
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