Do speakers have a life expectancy?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by dale5150, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. dale5150

    dale5150 Member

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    I am looking at a 1990's 1960a cabinet with origional speakers. Is it worth less than a newer one? Would a newer one sound better?
     
  2. rmconner80

    rmconner80 Cantankerous Luddite Silver Supporting Member

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    The soft parts all have a lifecycle in years. Depending on how they are used and designed, some last a lot longer than others (i.e. a high wattage speaker with lots of dope on the surround will last longer than a low wattage speaker pushed frequently and with very little dope or lots of artificial aging/softening). I have a Matchless H30 from the 90s and the cone is literally worn out - it's starting to fold in on itself. It doesn't sound so hot either.

    The durable parts like magnets and frame would last several generations or longer.
     
  3. amphog

    amphog Silver Supporting Member

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    Speakers have a life cycle, not totally dependent on age. I think temp. and humidity, plus level of use are bigger factors in lifespan, kinda like strings, theyare a consumable.
     

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