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Simple SE, auxiliary cap?

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I've got a GE branded "DIELEKTROL" capacitor, salvaged from a dead microwave oven. It says it is 1.6 uF, rated for 1250 VAC. Is this thing safe to stick into my Simple SE? I don't know if it is rated for continuous duty or not (motor run vs. motor start). I'd imagine a microwave oven could be left running for an hour or more (cooking the Thanksgiving turkey? eww.) so in all likelihood it would be safe. The voltage rating is certainly high enough. Is 1.6 uF enough capacitance to hear any benefit in the Simple SE power supply? I've got to imagine this thing has a ridiculously low ESR. Physically, it is a rather good size (3.5" tall by 2.25" x 1.25" oval).

Any thoughts? Shall I just plug it in and see what happens?
Just an FYI, motor run caps from Dayton have been popping up on sale here and there; Grainger has several on closeout for under $10 (whether you can get one depends on your local store's stock on hand), and there are several online merchants that have them with decent capacity (60+ mfd) for roughly the same price at low or no shipping.
Well, I sorta forgot my 9"x14" chassis was kinda snug for the Simple SE and all its iron. I've got virtually no free space underneath. In a brilliant flash of stupidity, I decided to hang the cap on the outside of the chassis.


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I'm not too sure I'm happy with the thought of 450 VDC on the exposed contacts. :eek:
Can someone clarify the use of the auxiliary cap? I have a huge honking 50 uF motor-run cap installed, and I don't think it made much difference.

Is this primarily to filter the power supply? Would installing a larger value C2 achieve similar results? IIRC, since this is a Class A amp, there shouldn't be a lot of power supply sagging during operation....
Can someone clarify the use of the auxiliary cap?

For single ended amplifiers, the last capacitor in the power supply chain becomes part of the audio signal path. Whatever AC signal fluctuates through the output transformer and the power tube must also travel through that capacitor. You want a fair amount of capacitance there to minimize hum, but you also want the "best" audio characteristics possible too. This probably means a low AC impedance, but surely includes other attributes as well (minimal hysteresis? high frequency response?). I'm not an electrical engineer, nor have I studied signal theory. AC is still a lot of black art to me, and I never did care for vectors. I don't fully understand it, but I know there is some science there.

Regardless, the concept is that an aluminum electrolytic will buy you a lot of hum reducing capacitance for not too much money, and an additional oil filled foil type cap will offer the desirable audio characteristics. I say give it a try and see if you can hear a difference. Motor run caps sell for less than $20 shipped.
So let me ask this a little differently...

I think what we're dealing with is power supply filtering and ripple reduction.

I found a 50 uF motor-run cap that I installed (yep, $20, oil filled, HUGE). It seems that the Aux Cap is in parallel with C2 (I used a 120 uF or so) giving me a total of 170 uF.

Wouldn't I get the same ripple filtering by installing a larger value C2 ? This would reduce the need for the external motor run cap? Maybe larger values aren't feasible before needing to go to the motor run cap sizes...
As Ty stated the key here is that there is some synergism between the two different types of capacitors. The on board electrolytic packs a lot of capacitance in a small package. It like all capacitors is not perfect. Electrolytics have flaws that make it hard to get all of the energy out of the cap quickly and they aren't too good of a bypass at the upper end of the audio spectrum. The polypropelyne motor run cap can dump its energy quickly enough to blow the end off of a small screwdriver (really improves the transients) and it works great across the entire audio range, but one large enough to provide all of the capacitance to run the entire amp would be quite large. Together thay work quite well.
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