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Old 10th February 2013, 02:56 PM   #1
Michael F is offline Michael F  Canada
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Hi All,
I`d like to update/upgrade the passive components in my crossovers. The speakers sound fabulous but could probably do with at the very least a cap replacement seeing they are 30+ years old and most likely have drifted from spec.

I`m seeking opinions on which cap manufacturer to go with. Would the Solen metalized polyproylene Fastcaps be a good replacement for the originals?
They seem to be the most reasonably priced when compared to Hovland, Auricaps, Mundorfs etc which are very expensive, but some claim the Solens to be bright in nature
While in there, any benefit to replacing the WW resistors with Metal Oxides?

As always, any and all comments most welcome.
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Old 10th February 2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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I've recaped Pioneer HPM-100.
I used MCap400 - result was very good - it became smoother and wider sounding. And MCap400 is not expensive.

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Auricap XO, Mundorf, Jantzen capacitors, coils, MSolder, terminals, DH-Labs interconnect & speaker cables, internal wiring for DIY & upgrades are here: www.audiohobby.eu
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Old 10th February 2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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What ever plastic foil you use it is much better than the electrolytic ones that you replace. All caps have some microphony also coils are affected by large sound pressures. Mounting the crossover externaly or in a small plywood box inside the speaker will improve the sound more than any esoterically branded caps will! (Don asbestos suit)
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Old 11th February 2013, 12:49 AM   #4
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Not electrolytics, appear to be Mylar. Not pictured is a healthy sized woofer air core choke.
What about the resistors?
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Old 11th February 2013, 07:50 AM   #5
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Looks like it already has film caps and is quite well made. I think the only noticeable improvement would be to replace the series cap in the tweeter network with say a Jantzen superior Z cap or similar. Other than that I would leave it as original. Film caps generally last very well.
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Old 1st December 2015, 09:54 PM   #6
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Two important improvements with L112's:
Remove the tweeter shielding. Improves perspective and removes some discoloration in the highs.
But first and foremost exchange the aluminium domes on the LE5's with paper ditto (to be had from Simply Speakers at 3$ a pop). Removes all harshness from the speaker. Trust me, this puts the L112 in a whole different league.
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