Purchased the Altec Lansing A7-8 VOT speakers in 1974, outside of refreshing the cabinets the drivers, crossovers and horns have never been touched. Kept out of direct sunlight and never abused.
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I have an RCA Photophone Shearer horn that has original drivers from 1938 it still sings and amazes even jaded audio designers. I have a lot of drivers and speakers from the 1940s to the early 1970s that are all matching specs. It depends on the build modern loudspeakers with their polymers and ferrofluids do not last that long figure 15-20 years most would need service before that time frame. Sure they may play but the fluids dried up in VC and the modern plastics break down capacitor values may also have shifted with age thus not meeting specs
I'm so sorry @ieales, I guess you are a FAR BETTER expert on the freaking sound of the speakers in my house that I've listened to for 35 years and you've heard, um.....never. Thanks for educating my ears. As hard as it is to believe, some speakers that aren't used everyday or every month, are constantly cleaned and dusted even if not used, are kept in a 100% smoke-free environment and always kept in a climate controlled area, can have the internal components last WAY LONGER than expected. Or, maybe I'm just lucky.
@secretguy -- I'm absolutely not letting them sit! In the last two months I set up a 4th listening room in the house with the Polk Audio 10's. I wanted to put together a simple system to play music with new gear I've bought over the last 4 years and never unboxed, so I hooked up a BlueNode Streamer and a Fluance RT-85 turntable with a Sutherland KC Vibe phono preamp to a Reisong A-10 tube integrated amp. Perfect synergy with the old school Polk's.
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