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M Gregg 7th March 2012 12:59 PM

Ansar caps
Just a quick question,

Has anyone had experience using ansar caps in valve signal coupling
compared with something like the Obbligato?
Just looking again at the low cost caps..

M. Gregg

M Gregg 8th March 2012 08:25 AM

I guess no one has used them,

I have no connection with this company, however I find some of the information interesting..OK some of it is debatable information. (The aging linked to voltage proofing is interesting)
I guess I'll have to see..:)


Ansar Capacitors Technical Information from

M. Gregg

Rod Coleman 8th March 2012 09:05 AM

I have used them - but not done much comparison.

The CPA series 5uF 10uF 400V work well in my crossovers, and as B+ capacitors in circuits which do not circulate signal current in the supply capacitor (shunt cascode stages).

I could not detect any dramatic difference between CPAs and LCR AG series, in B+ circuits.

I have more extensively used LCR AG 1uF & 4,7uF for caps just after the rectifier in quasi-choke input supplies. I think these are top flight in this position - HUGELY better than motor-run MKPs - which sound very poor to my ears.

Now, LCR have acquired the AMPOHM product range, and their FP-CA-AU 30uF 630V MKP audio types are worth the cost. Use in cathode bypass and B+ caps.

LCR Capacitors - Capacitors and EMC filters

FP-CA-30-AU - AMPOHM WOUND PRODUCTS - AUDIO CAPACITOR, 30UF, 630V | Farnell United Kingdom

sjs 8th March 2012 09:56 AM

I have always liked Ansar as one of the better sounding of the inexpensive polyprop caps, I generally prefer them to Solen. They also respond well to bypass with a small value Hovland or similar.

I normally get them from Cricklewood
Cricklewood Electronics

I can't offer any advice on LCRs as it is too long since I last tried them, but it looks like they are worth a go.

ICW is the other UK made range, and their Clarity Caps have a good rep, although I haven't tried them
Clarity Cap

kevinkr 8th March 2012 04:34 PM

I use the Clarity SA in my XO, and the ESA as supply caps in some of my audio equipment. The SA was huge step up in the cross-overs compared to the Solens they replaced - more detail, and a much cleaner sound overall.. I was a little surprised actually as I expected very minor differences at most. They aren't expensive relatively speaking and offer a lot of bang for the buck.. (quid :D )

The ESA are in locations (inside the driver stage output current loop of my amps) where they are audible and they were a significant improvement over anything I had tried. (I do have them shunted with smaller Kimber caps as well.)

M Gregg 8th March 2012 04:58 PM


I have some Ansars on order..I want to try them.. as you do..

Yes just a few quid... :D

M. Gregg

Alastair E 8th March 2012 05:31 PM

I quite like the LCR caps, They are made just up the road from me in Newport....

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