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Ken Sloane

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Back in 2007/2008 I purchased James Loudspeakers for my home theater. I have since moved and stored them. They haven't seen the light of day since 2014. I have the following:

1 - EMB 1200 sub
3 - 805 SDX's
4 - 62 SDX's

This may be a silly question but in my new house, I am considering building a theater in my basement and using these. Since I have been out of the theater world for a while, has speaker technology changed enough that I shoudl consider new loudspeakers?

Thank you.
 

Chris Strnad

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Your biggest issue will be the hardware doing the decoding, but only if you care about audio formats outside of (the run-of-the-mill) 7.1, like Atmos.

If you're like me and are satisfied with with what you have, the issue simplifies itself down to proper speaker mounting & calibration, then just getting a signal from the player(s) to the amp...
 
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I'm sure you'll be fine. I've got speakers that are 20 years old and they sound great. Unless the connections some how got corroded or the rubber is degraded any where then you are good.
 

theJman

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How were they stored? If everything was in sealed boxes in a climate controlled environment you should have no issues reusing them. Sitting exposed on a shelf in a damp basement would be another story however.
 

Malcolm R

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I'm still using the first fronts I ever bought, Pioneer CS-G403, which are approaching 30 years old and likely considered "vintage" now. They still sound great to me.

As Jim noted, I think how they were cared for matters more than age.
 

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