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Old 15th May 2009, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default replacement caps for 107 crossover


while i am still waiting for my Kef 107 drive units to be rebuilt i was thinking of replacing the caps in the crossovers. There are 2 crossovers per speaker.
Below are the original caps, values and overall quantity (all have tolarance of 10%)
ALCAP 4.2uf 50 x 6
" 20uf 100v x2
" 40uf 100v x2
" 25uf 100v x2
" 300uf 25v x2
" 240uf 25v x6
" 50uf 100v x2
BENNIC BI-POLAR 10uf 100v x4
"100uf 50v x10
I suppose my first question is, do you think it is worth replacing all of them?
And what with?
Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 15th May 2009, 08:13 PM   #2
mjf is offline mjf  Austria
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do you know how old are these caps?
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Old 16th May 2009, 09:06 AM   #3
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well the speakers are around 25 years old and i think they are the original caps.
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Old 16th May 2009, 10:04 AM   #4
mjf is offline mjf  Austria
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they are really old........and perhaps a little bit dried out ( i presume these all are electrolytic caps; you must not change film/foil caps).
if you swap to new parts the sound will change a bit........perhaps you will listen first with the old caps .......... and change them part by part to the new ones...............
there are many elco's with high you have a schematic or so?
nowadays elcos have a liittle bit different values,e.g. 22uf for 20uf,47uf for 50,........and so on.perhaps you will parallel some elcos to get these numbers.
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Old 16th May 2009, 04:06 PM   #5
Geoff H is offline Geoff H  Australia
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That's the real question; "with what" Those speakers were built in an era when quality was available. Your caps may well be quite usable. I would invest in a multimeter with a capacitance range and measure or perform a frequency sweep over the crossover frequencies first.

I've been looking for caps for a new amp. What I've found so far has a life expectancy of 2000 hours. But that keeps me employed They also have a 20% tolerance.

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Old 18th May 2009, 01:22 PM   #6
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Hi and thanks for the replies.

Yes, i think i may well test the caps porperly first as i wouldn't want to replace them if i can't get exact value replacements.

Will let you know what i find. Thank you.
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