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    just changed the caps in a pair of ditton 15's.
    i was a bit sceptical about how much affect this would have, some say night and day and some say they heard no difference.
    the originals where dated 1971 so i thought it couldnt hurt to change them.
    i used like for like 12 uf alcaps'
    i wouldnt say it was a night and day difference, but they do sound quite a bit better, clearer if you like.
    cheers
    Mike.

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    New caps (there's only one) can make a difference with the Ditton 15. Good little speakers, I've had a few pairs.

    Have you heard a pair of Mordaunt Short Pageant 2 speakers. If you like the Dittons, you'd love those. They sell for about the same money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    New caps (there's only one) can make a difference with the Ditton 15. Good little speakers, I've had a few pairs.

    Have you heard a pair of Mordaunt Short Pageant 2 speakers. If you like the Dittons, you'd love those. They sell for about the same money.
    2 caps if you do both speakers
    yeah the 15's are cool, fun little speakers... crank the volume and watch em bounce..
    and no not had the pleasure of any MS speakers.

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    Subtle improvements?

    Mike, read my thread here: http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...elestion-15XRs

    You need some Jantzens in your life, mate!

    Marco.
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    Hi, Marco, just out of interest what made you go for Jantzens?
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    Hi Andrew,

    Liked the ethos of the design, and spec, and I also knew of Jantzen's good reputation for superb products [Glenn C rates them, too]

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Modified Goldpoint SA4M-47 passive preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Subtle improvements?

    Mike, read my thread here: http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...elestion-15XRs

    You need some Jantzens in your life, mate!

    Marco.
    thanks, read your thread buddy, glad you had fun and a positive outcome with it, its what its all about innit, squeezin the most out of what you have..
    an i agree with the na-na plugs,, so much easier than the screw type thing on the 15's, its like surgery tryna get speaker cable on them....
    cheers
    Mike.

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    Still enjoying my Ditton 15XRs with original caps, i am a little wary about changing the speakers original balance. I do though keep wondering how this little speaker would sound active, though i guess as the xover is so simple perhaps not much to be gained, but i have a 2 way naxo sitting idle.
    Last edited by SteveO; 10-01-2017 at 06:25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    And no, the frock isn't mine before anyone asks!
    First thing that came to mind

    <Off topic, where did you get the tall radiator from?>


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    Gosh, picked it up from a small plumbing supply company operating from a small lock up unit near where i work, must be best part of 10 years ago. I cant even remember the traders name, but they stopped trading a long long time ago. Sorry.

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