I just got a note from Frederik Carøe that the first batch of new Duelund Coherent Audio 0.01 uF tinned-copper paper-in-oil bypass capacitors are ready and will be arriving at Parts ConneXion this coming week.
I’ve tried them in two applications so far and have been very impressed with the results.
My first trial of the Duelund 0.01uF tinned-copper bypass capacitor was in the crossovers of my vintage Altec Voice of the Theatre A5 loudspeakers.
That made for such a nice result I almost left them in place and called it good … but I really wanted to hear them as a coupling capacitor in the C1 position of my Westminster’s high-frequency crossover too (below) …
You can see in the photo above where I added the new 0.01uF Duelund tinned-copper coupling capacitor to a 6.8 uF Duelund pure copper foil paper-in-oil CAST capacitor in C1.
I still find myself being surprised that a small coupling capacitor can effect such a large change to the overall voicing, and the results were impressive.
I compared the result to the 6.8uF Duelund pure silver foil paper-in-oil CAST capacitors ($$$) that I normally use in C1, and the new 0.01uF Duelund tinned-copper coupling capacitor plus 6.8 uF Duelund pure copper foil paper-in-oil CAST capacitor made a fine showing of what they are capable of, coming close to the level of musicality & sonics that the very expensive pure silver caps so easily accomplish.
That’s saying quite a lot, because I didn’t think I’d ever hear another capacitor that would be able to even come close to what the pure silver 6.8uF Duelund CAST capacitors are doing sonically and musically in C1.
Certainly, the 6.8 uF Duelund pure copper foil paper-in-oil CAST without the new 0.01uF Duelund tinned-copper coupling capacitor couldn’t come close to the musical & sonic performance the pure silver Duelund CAST capacitors are capable of, as good as the CAST copper foil caps are in absolute terms.
The new 0.01uF Duelund tinned-copper coupling capacitor adds to the 6.8 uF Duelund pure copper foil paper-in-oil CAST capacitor that familiar tinned-copper vividness, sense of tactile presence, intensity of tone color resolution, sense of spaciousness, and engaging musicality that makes tinned-copper so enticing and exciting to listen to music with.
The hybrid tinned-copper capacitor combination is not as smooth and sophisticated sounding as the pure silver Duelund CAST capacitors, but it is a very musical presentation that I like a lot, and made an impressive showing.
I have plans to put the 6.8 uF Duelund pure copper foil paper-in-oil CAST – with its new 0.01uF Duelund tinned-copper coupling capacitor installed – on my Cable Cooker to give the hybrid some conditioning time, as I’m curious to hear if a little conditioning helps bridge that remaining gap to the performance of the pure silver Duelund CAST capacitors.
I’ll also compare the tinned-copper hybrid to the 6.8uF Duelund CAST capacitors with a Duelund silver bypass cap in C1, and report back.
Please report back on your results using the new 0.01uF Duelund tinned-copper bypass capacitor, I’d like to know about what you are hearing from it in a variety of different applications.
Ok, that’s it for now, I’ll report back with more information about the 0.01uF Duelund tinned-copper bypass capacitors as I get more experience with them.
As always, thanks for stopping by, and may the tone be with you!