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How to extend the lifespan of a sound system

How to Extend the Lifespan of a Sound System

When you invest in a custom sound system tailored to your venue, you want it to withstand the test of time and continue to produce outstanding quality audio. Without correct care and maintenance, sound systems can experience wear and tear, leading to a shortened lifespan and a drop in quality. In this blog, we are going to offer some advice on how to extend the lifespan of a custom sound system.

Factors that affect the lifespan of your sound system

There are several factors that can affect the lifespan of your sound system. These include but are not limited to the components, environmental factors, usage patterns and the level of regular maintenance received. By understanding how these factors impact the overall health of your speakers, you can make countermeasures to ensure the longevity of your investment.

Cleaning and dusting

You should be cleaning and dusting your speakers on a regular basis to keep them looking and sounding like new. Simply use a soft cloth or brush to gently remove dust and debris build-up from the cone and grill. 

You should never use water or any cleaning solutions, unless you are an expert, as many of the components inside a speaker will be damaged if they come in contact with liquid.

Regular maintenance and inspections

Regular maintenance and inspections from trained professionals who know what they looking for are essential. Every few years, as a minimum, your system should be inspected and serviced to ensure they are performing optimally. This will not only include checking the speaker and its components but also the wiring, to ensure they are secure and functioning as intended. This will prevent both signal loss and interference in the long term.

How to extend the lifespan of a sound system

Protection from the environment

Protecting your sound system from natural factors is also a great way to improve their lifespan. Being proactive and doing things like shielding them from excessive heat, humidity and direct sunlight will have a huge impact. Moisture and high temperatures can severely damage the sensitive components and have a noticeable effect on the quality of the audio produced by your system. 

Excessive volume usage

While some performances may require a higher audio volume, this is something that generally you should limit in excess. Prolonged exposure at high volumes can cause speaker distortion, amplifier stress and component failure. Of course, some speakers are built to produce clear audio at a range of volumes but in order to maximise their lifespan you shouldn’t go over the recommended volume level for long periods of time.

Correct installation

The first step in maintaining your speakers is by ensuring proper installation and placement of your speakers. Here at Old Barn Audio, we have a vast amount of experience in designing and fitting audio systems in a range of venues. From stadiums to bars, nightclubs, as well as many churches and other places of worship, we have found that no two venues are the same. Each installation has its own unique challenges that we have overcome to build a comprehensive level of knowledge. If you want the job done right, seek the assistance of a professional team of installers.

Additionally, an experienced team will be able to offer you tips specific to your system and the speakers used. 


Get in touch

By implementing some of the strategies outlined in this blog, you should be able to significantly extend the lifespan of your custom sound system. Our biggest tip would be to be proactive and address warning signs promptly. 

If you are looking to have some maintenance carried out on your speaker system or have any questions about the best ways to extend the lifespan of a custom sound system, feel free to get in touch. Give the team a call at 01892 752246 or email A member of the team will be in touch to assist you shortly.