- Do hi-fi speakers deterioate over time?
I’ve got a pair of old Mission 700s (on some Atacama Nexus stands) and although they sound OK, the base is a bit lacking and I wonder if the speaker cones deteriorate so I’m contemplating an upgrade – possibly to these Monitor Audios…
…would any new speaker sound better than my old Missions. And also would any floorstander (even a budget ones like the link below), give a better base?…
I know you should audition speakers but the room mine are in is far from optimal, so any audition wouldn’t be realistic.Posted 1 year agodeadkennySubscriber
I’ve got old Mission 700 surround set. I do wonder that myself but less with the bass but the front centre seems weaker, and one of the front sides weaker.
However I have suspicion that it’s actually my hearing! 😮 😀
(last visit to the doctor, checked my ears, “oh yeah, they’re blocked”).
High altitude French techno skiing. Like the idea of that 😀 . Though high altitude beer may be the reason.Posted 1 year agoYoKaiserSubscriber
I’ve had a few old pairs. Listening to a pair of MS 5.10’s at the moment, must be twenty years plus and they are still nice. I had a pair of Mission 733’s but they deteriorated quite quickly, driver replaced more than once and eventually binned. I’ve a pair of possibly Tannoy in the garage and they sound wooly as hell. So to conclude they might and they might not.
EDIT: Also at sea level.Posted 1 year agoCountZeroMember
Well, as the cone is supported by a foam ring, age could cause the material to deteriorate, same as all rubber and synthetic materials, plus the voice coils can collapse if an amp is over-driven and starts clipping the signal, which heats the coils up and the speaker stops moving smoothly.Posted 1 year ago
Not saying this has happened, but it’s certainly possible, I’ve sold speakers that have been returned with a driver issue, and the owner had been playing reggae at high volume and wrecked the bass drivers.
Pushing the cone gently in and out will show if there’s an issue, it should move smoothly, with no hint of roughness.dmortsSubscriber
Loudspeaker drivers can detoriate over time, as can other components in the system.
Have you recently set the speakers up again? One cause of lack of bass can be speaker placement.
I know you should audition speakers but the room mine are in is far from optimal, so any audition wouldn’t be realistic.
Can you not arrange to demo some from a shop in your room at home?Posted 1 year agogofasterstripesSubscriber
good_hifi on eBay (shipping from the Netherlands) sells nice surrounds.
On older mission speakers, especially those with clear polypropylene cones, the plastic become hard and brittle with age. This may affect the sound, and certainly makes them easy to break.Posted 1 year ago
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