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Old 19th November 2009, 10:21 PM   #1
nad is offline nad  United Kingdom
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I've recently changed all the signal path caps in my lil nad, I chose Panasonic FC's for the most and some Nichicon Fine Golds for others. Now it seems to be too bright and less dynamic.

Are the FC's and Fine Golds the wrong choice? if so, what should I go for without searching the earth for black gates?

They haven't had much running in but I doubt they'll age much better, How about Elna silmic II's??

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Old 19th November 2009, 11:34 PM   #2
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How long have they been running in for? I usually allow a week before making any drastic decisions, and - IMHO - Black Gates just aren't worth the time (literally! As in burning in time) or money.

When caps age they often soften the presentation of the amp - you naturally adjust to this over time without really noticing. When putting in new caps the amp is back to working as it should, and that can often take a few days to get used to once again playing music with clarity (if it's a good design of course, which most Nads are). It's like having bad vision but being used to it, and suddenly being given glasses lol!

Those caps are fine - give them a while longer.

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Old 20th November 2009, 12:18 AM   #3
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I’ve always found the Panasonic FCs to sound compressed and bright. If you can find them near you try the Nippon Chemicon SMGs. They’re very similar to what a lot of OEMs have used in the past, and they’re inexpensive too.
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Old 22nd November 2009, 03:34 PM   #4
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Why not using Panasonic FM series?
The datasheet shows also good performances as well the FC.
Or is there any particular reason to use the FC series?
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