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Old 4th November 2005, 04:44 AM   #1
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Smile Capacitors, which type and brand sounds best to you??

Hello Everyone,
I tried a search and couldn't find what I was looking for, so if you know a link or thread please let me know.
What I want to know is what is the type and brand of Capacitor to use in the signal path. I already know you shouldn't use elctro caps in the signal path.
To you and all the experiments you have done over the years what capacitors stand out!!! and where can you buy them?
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Old 4th November 2005, 07:49 AM   #2
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Mcap Supreme Siver Oil or the Silver Oil Golds.
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Old 5th November 2005, 09:40 AM   #3
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Hello Soonqsc,
is the a website?
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Old 5th November 2005, 10:28 AM   #4
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Hi John


Your question is too general - tubes or SS? While you probably can't go wrong with Mundorf Supreme it is very advisable to order a selection of caps and try them out yourself. In SS applications it's quite easy to design a circuit with 0v dc bias and compare a cap against a short piece of wire. Of course this won't account for possible high voltage bias effects.

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Your question is too general - tubes or SS? While you probably can't go wrong with Mundorf Supreme it is very advisable to order a selection of caps and try them out yourself. In SS applications it's quite easy to design a circuit with 0v dc bias and compare a cap against a short piece of wire. Of course this won't account for possible high voltage bias effects.

I keep coming back to Jupiter - paper in bee's wax.
It's true there are other considerations. I just mentioned the Mcaps because I just tried them on speakers. I think it would be different if one were considering application in Power Supply or to Block DC.
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Hello Soonqsc,
is the a website?
Here's an earlier site that does some comparisons.

http://home.versatel.nl/geenius/Cap.html
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Old 9th November 2005, 03:23 AM   #7
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Hi John, a common words from old audiophiles is that you can tailor the overall sound of your whole system by choosing suitable components. For example, if your overall system is too clinical, you may need a MKP. Every brand and type have "characters" of their own.

Super expensive caps may be better sounding, but may not improve too much if the circuit is not so good. Oil cap is usually wonderful, but you don't have to use them everywhere. You can buy smaller values like 100n/220n/470n, and parallel them with standard MKP/MKT with good result. These values are very usefull if you have audio hobby. They can be use as parallel cap in crossover, or as coupling cap in tube amps (they sometimes are too big in size for amplifiers, but if you can find low voltage rating, they will be very-very usefull)
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I tested many capacitor when I design a pre-amp last time, different brand got their own effect. However, based on the
material used to build the cap, the best is Telfon is the best.

For low cost but good result, WIMA FKP1 and FKP2 is very good too! For me, much better than MKP10.
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Old 13th December 2005, 06:04 PM   #9
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Hi John Biles ,

a good source for caps is www.thel.de and
www.schuro.de (forAudynCapPlus and little Vishays)

Greetings from Germany


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Save your money...

Use Sprague Orange Drops and call it good...
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