How Long Does Speaker Wire Last?

How often should speaker wire be replaced?

Unless some corrosion comes forth that cannot be removed or damaged of course, speaker cables should last forever.

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Is thicker speaker wire better?

Thicker wires are better: It’s true that for long runs, thicker wires are better at reducing the effects of resistance. But for most set ups (those with speakers within 100 ft of the amplifier), 16-gauge lamp cord is fine. For speakers 100 to 200 ft. from the amp, experts suggest use 14 gauge.

What is the best type of speaker wire?

Most of the best speaker wires are made from copper, since copper is a wonderful conductor of electricity. For the best quality wire, looking for something made with 100% copper is highly recommended.

Do speaker cables wear out?

Wire and cable generally don’t wear out, but can become degraded or damaged by their environment and mechanical factors. Long enough for it not to be considered.

Does length of speaker wire affect sound?

It’s also important that the wire lengths to both speakers are the same to ensure they both have equal impedance values. … The thicker a wire or the lower the gauge, the less resistance. It is therefore a combination between speaker impedance, length and gauge that affects the resistance.

Does speaker wire go bad with age?

It’s the oxidation (corrosion) that is going to cause degradation, not age per se. Copper wire can oxidize in a matter of months, or it could take years. So, it would be unfair to say “old” speaker wire is bad. Corroded speaker wire can be bad.

Are expensive speaker cables worth it?

An expensive cable might sound worse on your system than cheap cable. Or it might sound better. The important thing to remember is that even if it does sound better, it’s such a minuscule improvement that pretty much anything else you can do will have a greater effect on the sound.

How do I know if my speaker wires are bad?

An easy test can be performed with a 9-volt battery. Connect your 9-volt battery to the leads of your speaker. The positive gets connected to the positive of the battery end while the negative should attach to the negative end. If the speaker begins to pulse, then the wire is working properly.

Do hifi speakers wear out?

Yes speakers will eventually wear out, but a decent speaker will last a really long time. Any quality speaker will generally last most of your lifetime. General rule of thumb is, if it sounds bad turn it down.