The saying, "you get what you pay for" is so very true when shopping for great quality audio electronics and speakers. Even the best quality, though, can sometimes wear out or become damaged through heavy use or abuse. Rather than junk the pair of speakers just to fork over a ton of money for new units, it is a fraction of the cost to get the speakers repaired.
Quality speakers are not available from every electronics retailer. Most of the best buys which are advertised are usually are "limited quantities". Although the practice of using bait-and-switch tactics is no longer legal, putting a "limited quantity" disclaimer in an ad helps to protect the retailer from repercussions. Retailers will still attempt to steer the consumer to another comparable unit. Where the retailer will really push is regarding an extended warranty or protection plan. Whatever wording is used, it still comes down to the fact that an extended warranty is usually pure profit for the retailer and seldom needed by the consumer.
A better solution than dropping hard earned cash on a pair of speakers at retail prices is to repair the existing speakers by buying a repair kit from a professional, reputable and helpful audio company. For the same cost of new speakers, a higher grade repair kit can be purchased. Most individuals have never undertaken a do-it-yourself project such as this, but it is no more complicated than assembling a model car or plane. The key is to keep the work area neat and clean and focus on the task at hand.
If repairing a speaker is not a project to considered, then purchasing a new pair is the only other choice. One area to be wary of is major name brand speakers at a brick and mortar store. Even though a manufacturer is well known to produce excellent commercial or industrial speakers, the home consumer line usually will not share the same level of quality. There are many other "no name" speaker brands which possess superior specifications and are just as durable as the big boys.
Years ago, it could be difficult and time consuming to research different lines and models of speaker. Today the internet has brought about a wealth of knowledge. Audio forums and users input can provide a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding a particular model or line of speaker. Online businesses and reviews can also be vital tools in order to select the best speaker for a specific application. There is no one specific speaker design and material fits that fits all. Each speaker will have its own strengths depending upon the purpose it needs to fulfill.