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Aging happens at the atomic level, as well as the big stuff like moving coils and diaphragms, so I though I'd chime in here.
Before this gets worrisome, think of it as settling into a big comfy chair, that has been properly broken-in... it will be comfortable for many years,, if it is a well made chair... and then the springs pop and the stuffing comes out...
Electromigration is happening within
of your audio hardware; wherever electrons flow...
When I first dealt with electromigration, I was amazed, electron flow drags shit?... yes, like a lot sometimes... Solder joints are a mess, transistors you don't want to hear me talk (diffusion another subject), resistors - the noisy ones - we can make them better too, tubes are... just cool devices true "
free electrons'' ,
caps are their own world in addition - with dendrites... Most talk about electromigration deals with failure, but a lot changes before that point is reached.
We all like videos, this is accelerated migration, but real:
I was skeptical about this some time ago too, then I came to understand and think of it as an electron wind. So this made me find a reference (folks like groups of people agreeing) to help here using words I like and resonate well; this should bring better conceptualization into part of this "myth" discussion:
wires are a good thing. Skin effect is real i.e. silver plating works. Crappy boards with thin copper traces suck. Good caps, are really good (and expensive). You get the drift...
My job is basically
painting with atoms... or Atomic Legos...