This week, Sonos announced — and then subsequently retracted — that it would end-of-life a series of popular audio streaming products made by the company during its first 10 years in business. Sonos had decided to end support because these first-generation products lack sufficient processing power and storage to accommodate new features.
Although there have been many improvements in materials, miniaturization, and overall performance, loudspeaker technology has not fundamentally changed since its introduction in the 1920s. Provided that they aren’t used outside their performance specifications, the drivers and cones can last decades. Other components inside speakers include magnets made out of ferrous and rare earth materials that do not expire.