Polypropylene caps

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polypropylene caps

Since I have some large polypropylene caps (for motor runs), I need your opinions about a SE amp "electrolytic free".

I decided to use a pure single ended configuration, like this(for example):


my questions are:

1)Do you experenced sound improvement using polypropylene caps in the cathodes instead of electrolytics(I have 50uF 400Vac one's, so I can use 2 of them for each cathode bypass), or it's a waste in that position?

2)Do you experenced sound improvement using polypropylene caps in a tube rectified supply instead of electrolytics, or it's a waste?

Thanks for you answers!
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Yes!!!!! The answer applies to both questions in the initial post.

PPIO or PP make great psu filter caps and imo the difference is audible in unregulated supply designs - and unlike electrolytics if they are run within their ratings they don't deteriorate over time, and will probably never have to be replaced during the amplifier's lifetime. Surplus motor runs in particular may not cost any more than a comparable high voltage moderately exotic audiophile approved electrolytic.

For cathode bypass duties you may want to bypass large motor runs with a smaller film cap or better still use the hum canceling configuration:

Motor run cathode to ground, film cap for 2A3 between 1/4 - 1/5 the value of the cathode bypass cap from cathode to B+ feeding the output transformer. C_hum_cancel = C_bypass/mu+1 Use a high quality cap here as the motor run already has significant inductance which otherwise tends to soften the highs making them a bit euphonic. I used a 100uF ASC PPIO motor run for the cathode bypass and a 22uF Solen for the hum canceler. I'd recommend a Clarity SA here as they are more transparent in my experience than the Solen. You can get 20dB or so of hum canceling in some cases.
I am in the process of building a grounded grid preamp, and have replaced the specified electrolytics in the last stage of each CRCRC power supply with polyproylene caps (2x 37.5uF per rail).

The preamp isn't finished but I would expect this to make a big difference...


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I agree with the LED on the first stage. Those motor runs will be very welcome as the cathode bypass cap on the output tubes, however. I have gone from Panasonic to Solen in a previous 2A3 amp, and the improvement was great! Currently, I went from stock Panasonic lytics on my SDS boards to Solens (47uf-L-47uf-R-10uf-R-4.7uf).
Thank you for your answers!

The schematic with 6C45 is only an esample.
Since I love challenges, may be I'll try something like this:


simply to "discover"(listening it) if 6SL7 is or not a good idea(miller effect).

Btw, the conclusion of youe advices is to use polyprop only for PSU and 2A3, right?
I'll use electrolytic for driver cathodes, to avoid oscillations...
(it's a pity...my dream was an electolytic free...)

For the question of quality, I have these italian polyprop:


I estimate very much the ducati brand. I hope in nice quality of them...
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