Capacitors for Audio Research Reference 5se


Hi
I need your help . I am looking for at least one capacitor for my Audio Research Reference 5SE (10uf150V, white). I tried to buy from the manufacturer, unfortunately this model is no longer in stock. I can buy one from the current production, but it is a different capacitor and I am afraid how it will affect the sound quality. Currently, I have installed V-Cap ODAM 10uf150V and I am waiting for them to warm up.

Richard

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The V-cap is probably better than what they put in when it was built, so what are you worried about? Wait until you see how it sounds before you start worrying about replacing it.

I know that V Cap needs about 350 - 400 hours of work to fully show its advantages. Unfortunately, at the moment, after only about 50 hours of operation, they are still very far from the original capacitors, so I am looking for an alternative solution in case they do not fit into the preamplifier.

Yes it is true that V Caps take several 100 hours to break in (I have CuTF, TFTF and OIMP).  You should have built a jig and burned them in on your work bench before installing them, you could always remove them, burn them in and then re-install.  

A jig can be as simple as taking an old receiver, or similar, connecting a 4 or 8 ohm power resistor (I use 50 watt) in series with the capacitor in question, or several wired in parallel.  Turn it on and increase the 'volume' over time monitoring the temperature of the resistor and output devices/heatsinks, as a rule of thumb, if you can comfortably touch the resistor and output devices/heatsinks you should be OK.

Are you satisfied with V Cap capacitors and what do you think are their most important advantages?

If one cap on an old piece needs replacing, there’s a fair chance that others will too. I’d replace all the critical caps if you can. That way matching is a little less impactful.