Speaker cable life expectancy?

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    cristphoto

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    Is there a guideline for how long speaker cables will last? I was adding a component recently and got a close-up look at my speaker cables that are about 20-25 years old. They're 12 gauge with a clear jacket so I could see the strands and they appeared to have lost their bright copper color and appeared a dull brown shade. There wasn't any green corrosion color but I'm curious if there is an age limit. Thanks.
     
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    cristphoto, May 17, 2020
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    wallace Only slightly barmy

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    No guidelines,your cables will out live you i imagine,But if you have some spare cash why not buy some new ones.I,for one would be very interested to know if you can hear a difference.
     
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    I can relate to what you are talking about. I have some 30 year old monster that looks back in spots now. Seems brittle now after I stripped of the jacket. I don't have a meter but would be very curious to how it would test. My feeling is probably not great
     
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    I did actually buy some pure copper 14 gauge and cut 2- 9 foot pieces. I was using 10 gauge Monster that was rotten. If I striped off the jacket strands would just break off. So in short yes I could hear a difference and for the better.
     
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    No need to replace it, it's just the exposed ends that have oxidised. Cut off half an inch at each end and strip the coating back and you've got a fresh pair of cables.
     
    lawrence001, May 5, 2022
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