Proper Maintenance For Your Speakers

Posted by PinPoint Mounts on 9/8/2014 to Tips and Advice

OK, so you have had a home-theater system in your living quarters for a while now, and you have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. But you also know that, even if you spent a pretty penny on those speakers, they may very well wear out after a few years.

However, if you play your cards right and have a good, regular maintenance schedule, there is no reason for even bet-value speakers can last 10 years or more. No matter what model or size of speaker you have, these basic maintenance steps can go a long way toward not only keeping your speakers in good shape, but having them continue to produce crystal clear sound for years:

Keep dust off. Since you usually can't keep speakers in an airtight vacuum, it's a good idea to dust your speakers pretty regularly and even use compressed air when you can to keep the dust from collecting inside the netting or on the speaker components inside the netting.

Keep your speakers away from magnetized metal; storing them on wood and away from appliances, for example, would keep the electric wiring from getting damaged by the magnetism.

Avoid static electricity whenever possible. If you walk across a carpet, try not to touch your speakers immediately; if you get a shock, you risk shorting our your speakers, so make sure you are grounded before you make contact with speakers.

Mitigate heat. Don't place your speakers in direct sunlight, and check for a vent hold in your speaker and always keep it unblocked.

Make sure your electrical connections and power jacks are connected properly. If something is wrong, your speaker (and maybe the entire system could blow.

Ventilate well, and even add a fan near the speakers if you will be putting them through heavy or extended use.

To prevent trouble in case of electrical issues, have your speakers connected to a surge protector.

When you first buy and install your speaker, it's a good idea to keep it running for as much as possible during a 24-hour stretch. This is called a "burn out" test, and running the speakers during this time will give you an idea of any defects or issues that need to be addressed.