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Old 23rd April 2013, 12:57 PM   #41
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they are very prone to failure after about 25 years.
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Old 23rd April 2013, 01:30 PM   #42
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Look Ma, i'm fainting : http://clipx.co.jp/archives/preamp/PAM1/5.JPG

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Old 23rd April 2013, 03:31 PM   #44
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WOW! I'm glad I don't have that many to replace.
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The balanced Krell KRS-1 carried a total of 5 dozen Roederstein EK caps.

4-case preamp, a 2-deck Spectrol 702 volume pot in each case, comparable with a stereo Penny & Giles rotary pot, the KRS-1 cost ~$10K in the mid '80s.

A 470uF/25V EK cap cost about $0.25 each for 100-up in the mid 1980s.
Ask yourself why so many manufacturers chose to use that part for so long, all across the globe, when it wasn't all that expensive.
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Old 23rd April 2013, 04:36 PM   #47
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The Sprague (reddish orange) are most probably in worst condition
Yep, they'll get replaced too =D

The Roederstein EK (Bakelite) type of caps are so different that I want to make sure I get a replacement that will not change the sonic signature of the receiver. It's been recommended I use a low-leakage cap like the Nichicon KL which are great caps.
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FWIW, It looks like Brinkmann still uses some Roederstein EKR caps in his products. If quality or reliability was an issue I guess he would throw them away: brinkmann audio
Aluminum bodied caps sound quite a lot like aluminum, due to the field integration with the casing, under delta load. Which is what a cap does, in an audio circuit.... thus, a notable amount of the sound of an aluminum cased cap is coming from the leads and the casing.

Getting away from aluminum casings for electrolytics is a GOOD thing for the final overall sound quality of the final/complete device.

Preaching to the Pew in this thread:

The problem is that so many people are used to hearing phase smeared transients as micro-detail that they confuse this obscuring noise with the signal that it just covered up, dislocated, and destroyed. Since these problems are throughout the given systems, in every trace, component and implementation, to some degree or another - most folks have no idea about where to start.

The place to start, is where you can, and begin the process of getting it done, step by step. Wherever you can. Then the windows that are stacked on top of one another, like 10-20-30-40 dirty filters, will finally begin to clarify. One by one. And one day, you find you can actually begin to see (hear) something through that mess.

oddly enough, the complaint is that the sound is 'darker' But somehow, much more detail, much more harmonically richer. Well, if we go back to the start,and we recover the question and answer we were told back at the beginning, we know we are on the right track with the darker bit. We were told that the best we can ever get to is a minor bit of subtraction of signal. That the least interference that we can ever get to with audio components, is one of a slightly darker sound, a minor subtraction. Anything that is peaky and harsh, with falsified micro-detail is is exactly that. Noise. Obscuring noise.

The problem is that the people who have money in audio purchasing, have generally not made it to this understanding as of yet, and thus the money in audio, like may other hobby markets (like road bicycles) belongs to the monied and mediocre/half way semi-literate crowd. That the things touted as the best rarely are the best, as they are only the best to the buying public, a buying public which is semi-literate in the subject, at best.

A sad state of affairs if one is only trying to create the best, as It gets little no traction in the marketplace. Sad that you have to be mediocre in some way, to make it big. When looking at the world and how it works, in all areas.....not unexpected. Sadly.

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Default "Bakelite" and related plastics

Bakelite is a brand of Phenol-formaldehyde resins and moulding compounds. It's thermosetting, like Epoxy, Unsaturated Polyester and Alkyd resins. That means it needs heated dies to manufacture products and likely, with large numbers of cavities with very high capital costs. It stands to reason that manufacturers would want to maximize utilisation and just change to other thermoset materials that lend themseves to light colours, better strength and electrical properties etc. as need arose.

Urea and Melamine-formaldehyde plastics are akin to Phenolics but can be light coloured and once found wide application in lighting, switchgear, industrial components homewares, even still as tableware and benchtop laminates surfaces and MDF surfacing like Corinite, Laminex, Formica etc. Let's not forget our commercial PCB laminates and Stripboard either.

Any of the above resins, incuding Bakelite, could have been filled or "loaded" with a variety of inert minerals such as powdered clay, silica, mica, asbestos, glass or carbon and advanced fibrous materials or even humble cotton flock to make a moulding compound. Woodflour is a filler for only the cheapest cost with some reinforcement in general products, not so much those required to be heat resistant or have good electrical properties. The choice of filler also affects cost and processing efficacy so naturally, there is going to be compromise and thus unforseen ageing effects such as case cracking and leakage as reported earlier. Electrical and mechanical properties can be greatly improved with filler choice but always there is short-sighted compromise in design wherever there is ignorance and a penny to be pinched.

When the point at which thermoplastic materials became generally more competitive in the 1970s, thermoset dies were pensioned off and usually newer, high performance thermoplastic materials and their different machinery introduced. Unfortunately, there always was a fundamental problem with making a reliable fluid seal for an open ended container such as an elco in these thermoplastic materials and we don't see much variation from aluminium cases even now. Maybe, just as well.
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Yep, they'll get replaced too =D

The Roederstein EK (Bakelite) type of caps are so different that I want to make sure I get a replacement that will not change the sonic signature of the receiver. It's been recommended I use a low-leakage cap like the Nichicon KL which are great caps.
Hi, how did you solve the problem with substitution of EK capacitors? I'm facing the same issue with my Tandberg TR 2075. On top of yours I have one small, most probably 10/63 - it's quite difficult to read it since this small one and one 220/16 is covered by kind of yellowish salt from leaking capacitor...
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