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Year 3 3.66%
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Ten years 29 35.37%
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How often do you replace your speakers

Let us know how frequently or infrequently do you upgrade your speakers?
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How often do you replace your speakers

When ever I hear something that I think is a substantial upgrade to what I already have!....lol
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Average 5 years for the last 15 but I see that interval becoming longer as I reach higher levels. At this point I'm in for about $1000/speaker on my LCR. These are supposed to last about 10.

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I just replaced mine!
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I did not see a six month option on the poll so I have to void it

Joking aside, well maybe not joking but I tend to change up equipment frequently. I would say I switch up speakers anywhere from 8 months to 2 years. I am pretty happy with both my systems at the moment, so I think I am set for quite a few years. My next purchase will be a new processor or preamp. I am looking at the Marantz or possibly the Datasat LS10. I have had my Denon 4520 now for 2 years and just a great unit.

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Let us know how frequently or infrequently do you upgrade your speakers?

Where do you find speakers that wear out and need replacement?
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Didn't see an option for same speakers since 2002. So I guess never.

But I will ... just you wait and see.
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About once every couple of months.
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I still have a pair of speakers that I built in 1978, though I rebuilt them again mid-80s. They are still going strong and are still in good condition.

Though I confess I bought some new speakers in about Sept 2009. I'm considering replacing those, but it will be a few years before that happens. I bought a new amp and that makes me want new speakers, but that is hard to justify when the speakers I have sound fine.

Back when I was young and working my way through turntables, speakers, and amps, it was about every couple years. Though back then it was easier to sell equipment used. Then I found a system I was satisfied with, and that lasted me for decades. But, the amp got old and need to be replaced. I went through a couple amps, until I settled in on what I have now.

My old amp was on my computer, when I bought a new amp for my new speakers, the other not quite so old amp got moved to my computer, and the really old amp got retired.

Even more so now, it is hard to get to hear a lot of amps and speakers. Unless you live in a very large city, you have few options for auditions. Most of the equipment I bought, I bought on faith, meaning unheard. I went by the reputation of the manufacturer and have done pretty well over the years.

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My current home theater that consists of the original Klipsch RF-7, RC-7, and RS-7 which were bought new in 2002. Still using them. I ran them without a subwoofer till 2009 (which was when I bought a SubMersive).
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Interesting, I have replaced my B&W 800 series every five years sold the older ones and didn't have to spend too much to upgrade.

B&W 802 Nautilus
B&W 802 D
B&W 800 Diamond & 802 Diamond

I will keep these for the next ten years at least I think!

Still have a pair of B&W 603 that are 18 years old
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About once every couple of months.
I see your job is an Audio Engineer.
So now it make sence to me (learn from different design).

My first reply was;
either you have too much money or do not know what you want.
Now that I know your occupation, it is a different ball game

For me, it was once a year untill I went DIY and then 10 years or so before I went for the present (an ID company).

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I have to get my Klipsch floor speakers re-connected again...I think they're 15years old or so, but they've seen limited use. I also have a pair of mid-70's Sansuis I acquired from a friend that I need to test out.

I think the toughest thing is finding some alone-time in the house to really crank them...maybe then I'd wear them out faster so they'd need replacing
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I voted never (have had my Monitor 3's since high school around 2000), however, if the question pertained to components within the speakers ...

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About once a year for the last five years, but don't plan on changing for a while now. DIY baffle wall install. Since I was going baffle wall, I decided to build something I could live with for a long time. My design is close to these: http://www.triadspeakers.com/products/ircrlcr2.html Except I went with dual 12's and an 18".

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Never, still love my mains that were built in 1978 (Snell Type A) I did have them refurbished to factory specs about 20 years ago. If it ain't broke don't fix it!
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The only speakers I don't have are my original Advents, have all the others still, most in use, too. Next speakers will be diy though in no hurry, diy subs first.

ps In making another post I realized this isn't accurate; I did have a pair of Amazing Advents for a while about 10 years back but a friend turned 'em up to 11 (too much amp at the time) and they got further damaged in transport and repair options were extremely limited after that so I junked 'em. Also now remember a pair of Cerwin Vegas I had for a bit about 35 years ago, but broke them.

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My front speakers are Infinity Kappa 8's that I paid $1K each for in 1990. I re-foamed the woofers around 8 years ago. They are power hungry amp killers; but I love the sound and my wife loves the looks.
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I'm on my sixth pair of speakers since 1982. I changed out speakers as my income dictated and upgradeitis set in. I am extremely happy with my current speakers (Aerial Acoustics 7t's) and have no plans on ever replacing them.
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It seem way too often, I voted every two years which seems about right for the last pass dozen years.

I'm currently happy with my Ascend Towers, which have either hit the two year mark, or right up on mark. I think the urge for upgrading is slowing down as I get older, and not to mention all that comes with the selling, the heavy moving, the disgruntle buyers etc, lol.

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I have gone through speakers like underwear. Once I tried the NanoAvr combined with the DIY BFM DR-250 array I have not changed for 2-3 years now! That is a record for me. Trust me, I keep trying to find something better but so far I still have them. Oh, I won't spend $2500 on a speaker for a little better.
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I have gone through speakers like underwear. Once I tried the NanoAvr combined with the DIY BFM DR-250 array I have not changed for 2-3 years now! That is a record for me. Trust me, I keep trying to find something better but so far I still have them. Oh, I won't spend $2500 on a speaker for a little better.
Do you mean speakers or subwoofers?....lol
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About once a year for the last five years, but don't plan on changing for a while now. DIY baffle wall install. Since I was going baffle wall, I decided to build something I could live with for a long time. My design is close to these: http://www.triadspeakers.com/products/ircrlcr2.html Except I went with dual 12's and an 18".
Good example of working on the room vs the speaker.
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I've been into this since I was 14 (about 15 years ago) and am on my second full set of speakers. For a long time while working towards getting to a surround setup I would buy new front speakers and "retire" older speakers to surround positions. Over the last 18 months I have replaced all my old mismatched speakers with the EMP impression series. I still actually have a pair of KLH 911b's still in use as my rear surrounds (last remaining part of my original theater). I have plans to replace those by the end of the year.

I imagine that it will be a while before I start replacing speakers again. I would have to be in a position where I would get a substantial upgrade from the EMP's, and at this point anything that is going to do that is going to be outside of my price range.

Now on the sub woofer front, my poor BIC F12 made it a little over a year before I swapped it out with a SVS PC12+.

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Do you mean speakers or subwoofers?....lol
Lets not forget processors and amps as well
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Lets not forget processors and amps as well
While were at it, projectors too!!
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Not counting a temporary setup while we were in an apartment and looking for a condo/house to buy, I've had eight mains setups since 2005. The common thread was that all of them used concentric drivers, though the size of said concentric drivers has varied from 5" to 12" (technically from 6.5" to 8" to 12" and then down to 5").

That's a little misleading because one of those was temporary while I was waiting for my current mains cabinets to be finished, and two changes were the same drivers in new cabinets. (The last of which only impacted the center.)

(And three AVRs, two standalone amps, two SACD/DVD-A players, one AirPort Express, and two AppleTVs)

I suspect in 2025 I'll write that I've had at most nine sets of mains, and that only because of Atmos and/or moving (center channel currently integrated into fireplace mantel).

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