Wondering how long could you sit back and enjoy your speakers? Some people say that speakers could last a lifetime. On the contrary, some say theirs died only after a year or two.
So, how long do speakers last actually?
Unfortunately, no one can tell exactly how long speakers can last. Different types and qualities of speakers have different longevity. Some speakers can last a lifetime. On the other hand, some can get defective even within months! But taking proper care of speakers surely maximizes speakers’ life expectancy.
That was only just the tip of the iceberg. Get aboard and let’s find out how long your speakers can last. Also, how to troubleshoot your speakers and take proper care of them!
Do Speakers Degrade Over Time?
Nothing lasts forever and neither do speakers. So, do speakers degrade over time?
The answer is, yes. The reason behind speakers degrading is very simple. There are quite a number of parts inside a speaker. Some of the parts don’t last forever. As a result, speakers also degrade over time.
But there are more dimensions to it. Speakers sure do degrade over time. But if they are taken care of properly, you can use some of them for your whole life.
Moreover, some of the parts are replaceable. So, it doesn’t always mean that if one of the parts is damaged, the whole speaker is gone forever.
We will be learning all about the lifetime of a speaker and how to take care of it. So, what are we even waiting for? Let’s get aboard!
How Long Can Speakers Last?
We all love long-lasting relationships with our speakers. But unfortunately, no one can tell how long the relationship can last. Because it depends on several things like the build quality, materials used, etc.
Yet here’s a list of different speakers’ longevity that our research has found. These stats shown here are based on the average lifespan of different quality speakers from different brands.
|Type of Speakers||Life Expectancy|
|Tower||Up to 20 years|
|Surround||Up to 15 years|
|Subwoofer||Up to 25 years|
|Soundbar||Up to 10 years|
|In-Wall||Up to 15 years|
Showing 1 to 5 of 5 entries
The exact longevity of speakers can vary for different brands, types, and qualities. They can last longer with proper care. Also, they can die fast as well if neglected.
Let’s clear out one thing first, speakers being blown is not a single problem. A blown speaker means a damaged speaker. Your speakers could make no sound at all. Or maybe a very low sound or distorted sound. All of them are called “blown speakers”.
So, what can we do if the speakers are blown? How to identify a blown speaker? Can we fix them?
Let’s find out all of them as we go!
Now, you might not know if you have a blown speaker or not. As a result, if you keep using a blown speaker, it will deteriorate with time faster than usual. So, how to identify a blown speaker?
First, see if there is any visible damage in the cone or surround. If not, play something with your speaker and listen if you hear any unusual sound. You could also get a very little audio output even after increasing the volume or so sound at all! All of them indicate a blown speaker.
In short, if your speaker makes any unusual Unga Bunga sound, you have a blown speaker. If it doesn’t make any sound at all, it’s also definitely blown!
Now let’s run two simple tests to see whether your speaker is blown or not.
So, if you’re wondering why speakers make distorted sounds, here’s your answer.
Why Do Speakers Get Blown and How To Fix Them
If there is an illness, there must be a reason behind it. Now we’ll learn about the culprits that could be responsible for your blown speaker. So, why do speakers get blown?
There are mainly three reasons behind a blown speaker. They are- damaged cones, damaged surrounds, burnt or melted voice coils, and burnt fuses. These problems are derived from different incidents. If any of these four is present, your speaker will get blown.
Now let’s get into the details of each of these problems and find out how to fix a blown speaker.
To see if you have a damaged cone or not, we need to remove the speaker grill first. But you may not know how to remove a speaker grille.
Removing a speaker grill is pretty easy. See if there are any screws connecting the grill with the speaker. If there is, you just have to take them off using a screwdriver and you’re done!
But sometimes they are not attached with a screw. Instead, they are just snapped into the speaker. In this case, you can use a pry bar or a flathead screwdriver.
Now all you have to do is, pry the screwdriver or the pry bar into the joint and take them off! This is how to remove speaker grills.
Now notice if the cone is torn or shredded in any of the places. If it is, you don’t need to run any more tests as you know who the culprit is.
If this is your problem, you don’t need to worry. Because we can fix this issue pretty easily!
If you have a damaged speaker cone, you have two options in hand- repair the cone or replace it. Let’s see how to execute both of them so you can find what you want to do!
Repair a Damaged Cone
To repair a damaged cone, all you have to do is to fill up the damaged area.
You will need a silicone sealant to seal the damage. Check out two of the best silicone adhesives here-
- Henkel 908570 2.7 oz Tub Clear Silicone Waterproof Sealant
- Gorilla 8050002 10 Ounce Cartridge Clear Silicone Sealant
You can choose any of these two. Now just apply the sealant to the damaged area. Apply it until the sealant reaches equal to the cone surface. This is how to repair speaker cones.
But we’d recommend replacing the whole cone rather than repairing it. Because repairing means just waiting for the next disturbance to occur.
Replace a Damaged Cone
To replace a speaker cone, follow these five simple steps and you’ll be done!
Step 1- Removing The Gasket
For the first step, we’ll remove the gasket that’s holding the cone. Use a pry bar or screwdriver to pry open the gasket that’s holding the cone.
Step 2- Removing The Previous Cone
To remove the previous cone, you can use a knife. Cut around the speaker cone with very low pressure and remove it. Or you can just use your bare hands to tear the speaker cone completely.
Step 3- Removing The Residuals
After removing the cone and gasket, you might see a lot of residual glue and dust. First, use a piece of cotton fabric to remove the dust.
After that, take a sanding paper and scratch the residual glue off. You have to remove all of the residual glue carefully. Else it might screw with the new glue that we’ll be applying.
Step 4- Installing The New Cone
After all of the steps above are done, it’s finally time to install the new cone. But you might get confused about which cone to choose, right?
Worry not! Check the diameter of your cone. Most of the speakers we use are either 4 inches or 6.5 inches. So, if yours is also one of them, here are our top picks for you-
Keep that in mind that you must get the size that is compatible with your speaker. Now apply the silicone or fabric glue to the border of the cone. And place the cone where the previous cone was.
After the glue has dried, place the gasket to the speaker frame and attach it in the same way.
Now put the grill back on as we dismantled it and you’re done!
The surround is a speaker’s most damage-prone element. It can wear off pretty much sooner than the other components. Because they are more exposed to the outer world than the rest of the inside components.
When the speaker surround starts to wear off, you can spot the change in its sound. We’ve learned earlier that blown speakers make unusual sounds. The main criminal for that is a damaged surround.
Now we’ll see how to repair speaker surrounds.
First of all, remove the grill following the steps mentioned in the previous problem.
After you’ve removed it, you will see the surround around the cone. If you see any tear in the surround, apply the silicone or fabric sealant in the damaged area.
This simple step will take care of this issue.
Burned/Melted Voice Coil
We often see that our speakers are overheating. Why do speakers overheat?
When your speaker is overheating, the voice coil of your speaker is to blame. This usually happens if the amplifier is under-scale or too powerful. So, having a good amplifier, in this case, is also important.
However, this issue of the amplifiers produces extensive heat and overheats the voice coil. As a result, at some point, the voice coil burns out and your speaker stops working.
Again, here are two solutions for us- repair or replace.
But repairing a burnt coil is a really long shot. The chances of it working again are 50/50.
Repair Burned Coil
Now that we’re talking about repairing it, let’s start working!
You’ll see the dust cap in the center of the speaker. Remove the dust cap and take the voice coil out.
If your voice coil has magnetic wire wrapped around it, detach it by hand and see its length. After that, get a piece of magnetic wire and wrap the coil again. Note that you should use the same length of wire like the previous wire.
Now reattach the speaker together and you’re done!
Replace Burned Coil
The better solution for a burned voice coil is replacing it.
All you have to do is, get a similar voice coil compatible with your speaker. If you can get one from the original manufacturer, it’d be even better.
Just remove the old voice coil and replace the new one in that place. Then solder the wires with the cone and reassemble the speaker and you’re done!
How to Increase The Life of A Speaker
Prevention is always better than cure. If you handle your speakers with care, they can serve you for the rest of your life. So, how to take care of speakers?
In order to increase the life of a speaker, you need to maintain it with utmost care. You should clean the dust, save it from the heat and magnet. If you’re using Bluetooth speakers, recharge the battery often. Also, play your speakers at the manufacturer’s recommended volume.
Now let’s see how to execute each of these steps smoothly!
Keep Your Speakers Dust-free
Dust is the arch-enemy of speakers. If there is too much dust, it could get inside the system and block the electric signals.
This will result in an irregular power supply. This will put more pressure on the speakers and eventually the speaker will go bad.
Try to keep your speakers in a place where dust doesn’t usually cluster. You can use dry clothes, dust pads, and even your vacuum cleaner to fight off the dust.
Clean your speakers using any of these every week. Keep that in mind, you should not use any liquid cleaners. If liquid cleaners go into the system, it could cause even more damage to the amplifiers.
Protect Against Heat
When a speaker is being used, it already generates a fair amount of heat to function. So, more heat on the outside will overheat the speaker and possibly burn the voice coils.
Keep your speakers away from direct sunlight and any other heat source. Make sure that there is proper ventilation in the room where the speakers are placed. Ventilators take out the heat from the room and help to cool it down.
Protect from The Magnet
Try not to put any magnetic element near your speakers. External magnetic sources can affect the system electromagnet of the speaker and damage it.
Avoid Static Electricity
Though static electricity may not sound like a severe issue it definitely is! We often avoid this little concern. As a result, it jumbles with the usual power supply for the speaker.
So, what can we do to protect our speakers from static electricity?
Try to place your speakers on a wooden surface or use a wooden cabinet for speakers. Also, you can install an anti-static floor mat. This will reduce the amount of static electricity in the room and help your speakers last longer.
Recharge Your Speakers
If you’re using a Bluetooth speaker, regularly recharge it. As a rule of thumb, recharge your speakers when the battery is at 25%.
If you haven’t used your Bluetooth speakers in a month or two, recharge them before using them. Even though there is no charge left, it’s safe to recharge them.
Using Bluetooth speakers for too long without charging affects the overall battery life.
But never ever use Bluetooth speakers while charging! This will cause even more damage!
Use Manufacturer Recommended Volume
Your speakers must’ve come with a user manual. Read the instructions carefully. Sometimes, some of the speakers have specialized functions. Therefore, it requires different maintenance.
However, the most crucial things about speakers are the volume.
Different manufacturers recommend different levels of volume. Try not to exceed that volume level. In case you don’t have your user manual, use your speakers at a maximum of 75% volume.
Don’t Overuse Speakers
We often play music and forget about the longevity of the speakers. It is not right.
In order to ensure the maximum lifespan of the speakers, we have to know when to stop. But there are no fixed metrics of this measurement of stopping.
No need to worry! Notice if your speakers are overheating. If it is overheating, let your speakers rest until it cools down. You can use it again after 10-15 of it cooling down
By executing these simple activities, we can ensure the maximum life expectancy of our speakers.
How to Tell When A Speaker Needs to Be Replaced Or Repaired
If any of the solutions didn’t work, we’re afraid this is where you bid your speakers goodbye. You can sell them to vendors who collect out-of-order electronics.
They disintegrate the parts of speakers and resell the parts or use them for recycling. This is a good way to dispose of your dead speakers. Not to mention, you’re making a little amount of money out of a dead speaker!
But before buying your next speaker, you should look for renowned brands. You should also see the warranty period. To ease your pain, here’s a list of some famous speaker brands and their warranty periods.
|Bowers and Wilkins||2 years|
|Harman Kardon||1 year|
|Definitive Technology||1-5 years|
Showing 1 to 9 of 9 entries
Now you know which brand offers what warranty periods. You can get one of these as they are renowned in the market for their quality. Not to mention, they also come with some lucrative warranty offers!
Question: Is the maintenance of all types of speakers the same?
Yes. Subwoofers, floor stand, in-wall, all of the speakers function in the same way. As a result, their maintenance is also the same.
Question: What speaker should I choose?
When choosing a speaker, see your requirements first. For example, the coverage area, your budget, market popularity, etc. Then choose the one that meets all your criteria.
Question: What is a subwoofer used for?
Subwoofers are mainly used for boosting the low frequencies. This means it is usually used for amplifying the bass of the audio.
As we’re here, we hope you’ve got your answer to how long do speakers last.
Maintaining a speaker properly can get you a speaker friend of a lifetime. And also it’ll save you a lot of money as new speakers are expensive these days. Always remember to maintain your speakers properly.
This is where we say goodbye. Take care of yourself and of course your speakers!