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Old 11th July 2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default What Disco music did to my Acoustat speakers...

Hi everyone,

So I sit down to treat my 2+2s to some Andrea True Connection and Bay City Rollers when all of a sudden (right in the middle of More, More, More), I hear a sharp pop from the right speaker.

I open the interface and discover the electrolytic capacitor C3 (picture attached) is blown to kingdom come with lots of dielectric shrapnel forcibly lodged into the minute internal orifices of the interface case.

I have four questions that I hope someone has the answer to:
Is disco bad for Acoustat speakers?
Does disco have a weird sound that makes capacitors disintegrate?
Does disco music entrain and focus detrimental dark energy into capacitors?
Is Disco music bad for my neighbors and myself?


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Old 11th July 2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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Hi everyone,

I have four questions that I hope someone has the answer to:
Is disco bad for Acoustat speakers?
Does disco have a weird sound that makes capacitors disintegrate?
Does disco music entrain and focus detrimental dark energy into capacitors?
Is Disco music bad for my neighbors and myself?

Thanks, Professor Bizzt
"Is disco bad for Acoustat speakers?"
Not necessarily, but the polyester disco outfits can generate very high amounts of static electricity and if you get to near the stators of electrostatic speakers can result in the person wearing said polyester outfit to up in smoke like so much gunpowder exposed to a spark.

Does disco have a weird sound that makes capacitors disintegrate?
Those capacitors are rather vintage and while they may feel like they can still get up and disco until the sun comes up in fact they need to sit down and catch their breath after a short while. The really older ones may not even make it entirely through a really high paced number.

Does disco music entrain and focus detrimental dark energy into capacitors? That depends upon the disco music played. Repeated playing of Macho-Macho-Man and YMCA haz been known to be detrimental in some Southern states of the USA.

Is Disco music bad for my neighbors and myself?
If you are living around me - yes. Also Beach Boys surf'n muzic and The Carpenters.
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Old 12th July 2012, 12:12 AM   #3
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I've heard of death before disco, but this is the first I've heard of death after disco.
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Old 12th July 2012, 12:20 AM   #4
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Default Bay City Rollers?

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT! They even had a short lived Saturday morning show..
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Old 12th July 2012, 12:27 AM   #5
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A bad cap explodes, wouldn't be the first time! Just pop in a decent replacement and everything should be fine.
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It was just more music than the cap could handle. Why do you think Disco self-destructed?

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Old 12th July 2012, 05:51 AM   #7
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To sum it up all the questions to one answer: Yes
Disco music not all that good.
I like your picture of the exploded capacitor.
I remember once one blow up my face, they smell bad.
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Old 12th July 2012, 06:24 AM   #8
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Bottom line. Just change the cap for a good quality one with the same value and all will be well , disco music or not ! Make sure it has the right voltage or higher than the older rating.
What is the value / voltage rating of that cap ?
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Stick with DIY full range planars that only use resistors or not depending on size of diaphragm, you can play any music you like as loud as you like! From one who knows.
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Old 12th July 2012, 08:35 AM   #10
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This is what Disco does to people. It's ugly. Imagine what your poor speakers must feel???

Finnish guy teaches how to disco - YouTube
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