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    Thumbs up Clarity Cap - the difference is proven...

    Guys,

    I found this video, which some of you may find interesting:

    http://www.sonicstate.com/news/2008/...-sound-better/

    It outlines the difference tackling resonance makes in the windings of capacitors (this detailed research is what attracted me to the CC caps in the first place), and the MR Range, shown here:

    http://www.hificollective.co.uk/comp...itycap_mr.html

    ...is what I used in the crossovers for my Tannoy 15" Monitor Golds. For me, the MRs sound stunning, as the improvement these gave over the caps inside the original Tannoy crossovers was quite incredible.

    Has anyone else here used them in their projects - if so, what did you think?

    For those who haven't tried them and are on the look out for the best sounding caps out there that are still relatively affordable, I would thoroughly recommend the Clarity Cap MR range. The ESA range is also superb and offers a big chunk of the magic of the MRs at a more cost effective price.

    Anyway, I just thought that I'd pass this on - enjoy the video!

    Marco.
    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & base-plate/Mike New ETP platter/‘YNWaN’ magnetic record clamp with Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat/Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead with Yaeger (low-impedance) connector. Ortofon RS212D tonearm (fitted to 'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard). Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver Litz tonearm cable (fitted with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs)/Ortofon SPU Royal GM MKII cartridge. Other cartridges: Denon DL-S1 (fitted into an AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead wire), Denon DL-103 (with FR S/3 headshell), US-original Shure SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Nakamichi BX-125E. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. MC head amps: Paul Hynes with SR5 PSU. Nick G modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A (P/P) Copper amp, with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT120s. 'Lockwood Major' speakers, using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Other speakers used: Celestion Ditton 66 Studio Monitors. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones'). Cables: Mains Cables R Us 'Ultimate' power leads (using Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core cable), with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363R 13A plugs. Also Supra LoRad 2.5 (for PH head amp). Stereo interconnects: Klotz MC5000 high-grade microphone cable/MS Audio Starline Rhodium-plated plugs. Oyaide FTVS510 digital interconnect with WBT NextGen-0110Ag RCAs. VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II speaker cable. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

    "Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play" -- Immanuel Kant.

    Digital music: do you remember your first ever download? Unlikely... But you'll probably remember the first record you bought! Forget 'virtual music': VINYL IS FOREVER...

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    The video wont open for me Marco
    Jerry
    Hifi:Vandersteen 1c speakers, Croft Series 7 power amp and a Standac. Squeezebox Touch
    Custom Hifi cables HA10SE headphone amplifier and Hifiman HE-400 headphones.
    AV system: 43 inch Pioneer plasma, Yamaha 7.1 receiver, Quad 12L (front) 11c Centre and 11L rear . Velodyne DD15 subwoofer.
    Computer: Hifimediy USB dac, 2020 T-amp and Mission 780SE speakers.

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    Try that now, Jerry

    Marco.
    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & base-plate/Mike New ETP platter/‘YNWaN’ magnetic record clamp with Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat/Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead with Yaeger (low-impedance) connector. Ortofon RS212D tonearm (fitted to 'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard). Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver Litz tonearm cable (fitted with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs)/Ortofon SPU Royal GM MKII cartridge. Other cartridges: Denon DL-S1 (fitted into an AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead wire), Denon DL-103 (with FR S/3 headshell), US-original Shure SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Nakamichi BX-125E. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. MC head amps: Paul Hynes with SR5 PSU. Nick G modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A (P/P) Copper amp, with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT120s. 'Lockwood Major' speakers, using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Other speakers used: Celestion Ditton 66 Studio Monitors. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones'). Cables: Mains Cables R Us 'Ultimate' power leads (using Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core cable), with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363R 13A plugs. Also Supra LoRad 2.5 (for PH head amp). Stereo interconnects: Klotz MC5000 high-grade microphone cable/MS Audio Starline Rhodium-plated plugs. Oyaide FTVS510 digital interconnect with WBT NextGen-0110Ag RCAs. VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II speaker cable. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

    "Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play" -- Immanuel Kant.

    Digital music: do you remember your first ever download? Unlikely... But you'll probably remember the first record you bought! Forget 'virtual music': VINYL IS FOREVER...

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    have you measured the original and new crossovers to see what differences there are? Changing to better caps usually means less resistance amongst other things and this could change the crossover characteristics, as well as increasing the efficiency a little, making them sound "louder" and "clearer..."
    Dave R

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    That works now thanks Marco. Where have you used them?
    Jerry
    Hifi:Vandersteen 1c speakers, Croft Series 7 power amp and a Standac. Squeezebox Touch
    Custom Hifi cables HA10SE headphone amplifier and Hifiman HE-400 headphones.
    AV system: 43 inch Pioneer plasma, Yamaha 7.1 receiver, Quad 12L (front) 11c Centre and 11L rear . Velodyne DD15 subwoofer.
    Computer: Hifimediy USB dac, 2020 T-amp and Mission 780SE speakers.

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    Hi Jerry,

    As I wrote earlier:

    ...is what I used in the crossovers for my Tannoy 15" Monitor Golds. For me, the MRs sound stunning, as the improvement these gave over the caps inside the original Tannoy crossovers was quite incredible.


    Dave,

    have you measured the original and new crossovers to see what differences there are? Changing to better caps usually means less resistance amongst other things and this could change the crossover characteristics, as well as increasing the efficiency a little, making them sound "louder" and "clearer..."
    The answer to your first question is no. I simply did the research, came to the decision that they should be excellent, selected the right values, and two mates who are dab hands with soldering irons came round and fitted them for me

    I suspect that there probably is less resistance, as I've heard this effect before, and subjectively that seems to be the case. The crossovers were rebuilt from scratch to compliment the new caps and of course the drivers themselves, so there were no crossover "characteristics" to change.

    I don't perceive any increase in efficiency, or loudness, but there was certainly a massive improvement in clarity and reduction of 'noise', hence the now 'blacker' backgrounds, significantly improved detail retrieval, and in turn much greater insight into all types of music.

    Tonally, bass is tighter and has greater impact, the midrange more cohesive and expressive, and the top-end has greater extension and 'sparkle' - in short, a fundamental no-brainer upgrade at relatively low cost. As such, I would recommend these capacitors to all D.I.Y-ers who can facilitate them in their intended application.

    My next project will be to use some from the ESA range (unfortunately those in the MR range with the appropriate capacitance values are too big) inside my Croft preamp to upgrade the existing Ducati polypropylene smoothing caps. I will review the difference this makes in due course.

    I'm confident though that the people at Clarity Cap are onto something significant by tackling resonance in this way. It's a genuine and valuable breakthrough, I feel.

    Marco.
    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & base-plate/Mike New ETP platter/‘YNWaN’ magnetic record clamp with Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat/Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead with Yaeger (low-impedance) connector. Ortofon RS212D tonearm (fitted to 'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard). Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver Litz tonearm cable (fitted with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs)/Ortofon SPU Royal GM MKII cartridge. Other cartridges: Denon DL-S1 (fitted into an AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead wire), Denon DL-103 (with FR S/3 headshell), US-original Shure SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Nakamichi BX-125E. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. MC head amps: Paul Hynes with SR5 PSU. Nick G modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A (P/P) Copper amp, with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT120s. 'Lockwood Major' speakers, using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Other speakers used: Celestion Ditton 66 Studio Monitors. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones'). Cables: Mains Cables R Us 'Ultimate' power leads (using Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core cable), with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363R 13A plugs. Also Supra LoRad 2.5 (for PH head amp). Stereo interconnects: Klotz MC5000 high-grade microphone cable/MS Audio Starline Rhodium-plated plugs. Oyaide FTVS510 digital interconnect with WBT NextGen-0110Ag RCAs. VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II speaker cable. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

    "Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play" -- Immanuel Kant.

    Digital music: do you remember your first ever download? Unlikely... But you'll probably remember the first record you bought! Forget 'virtual music': VINYL IS FOREVER...

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    It's worth noting that the Soniqs range of caps sold by World Designs are manufactured by Clarity and are highly regarded.

    http://wduk.worldomain.net/acatalog/Capacitors.html

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    I've used Clarity caps in several pre and power amps (all caps manufactured specially for me with my name on!). I've been very impressed by them.

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    The clarity caps are a good solid brand, nice performance and a fair price too.
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    Satisfied users all-round, it seems!

    Greg makes a good point about the range of SONIQS caps also being part of the Clarity Cap products made by ICW in Wrexham, and sold by World Designs.

    Has anyone carried out a direct comparison between, say, the SONIQS SAX and Clarity Cap ESA or MR range, as shown here:

    http://www.hificollective.co.uk/comp...itycap_mr.html

    SONIQS SAX shown here: http://wduk.worldomain.net/acatalog/...apacitors.html

    It would be interesting to know what differences there are, if any. What I'm unsure about is if the technology (in reference to the elimination/reduction of resonance), as utilised in the Clarity Cap MR range, has been applied in the design of the SONIQS range of capacitors. If not, I suspect that there could be significant performance differences.

    Any thoughts or information on this would be appreciated. Meanwhile, he's a direct link to the Clarity Cap website, where more information on their designs can be obtained: http://www.claritycap.co.uk/

    Marco.
    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & base-plate/Mike New ETP platter/‘YNWaN’ magnetic record clamp with Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat/Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead with Yaeger (low-impedance) connector. Ortofon RS212D tonearm (fitted to 'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard). Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver Litz tonearm cable (fitted with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs)/Ortofon SPU Royal GM MKII cartridge. Other cartridges: Denon DL-S1 (fitted into an AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead wire), Denon DL-103 (with FR S/3 headshell), US-original Shure SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Nakamichi BX-125E. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. MC head amps: Paul Hynes with SR5 PSU. Nick G modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A (P/P) Copper amp, with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT120s. 'Lockwood Major' speakers, using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Other speakers used: Celestion Ditton 66 Studio Monitors. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones'). Cables: Mains Cables R Us 'Ultimate' power leads (using Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core cable), with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363R 13A plugs. Also Supra LoRad 2.5 (for PH head amp). Stereo interconnects: Klotz MC5000 high-grade microphone cable/MS Audio Starline Rhodium-plated plugs. Oyaide FTVS510 digital interconnect with WBT NextGen-0110Ag RCAs. VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II speaker cable. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

    "Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play" -- Immanuel Kant.

    Digital music: do you remember your first ever download? Unlikely... But you'll probably remember the first record you bought! Forget 'virtual music': VINYL IS FOREVER...

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