I've done a lot of reading here and elsewhere, but after so long, time to get a final answer from the pros . Also will point out now I only plan to do the regulation op-amp and power cap mod.
A capacitor question.
Like many others, needed a Blackgate alternative, and researched Nichicon and Rubycon being mentioned in this thread with a good rep. Eventually ordered the 2200uF/16V caps thru Uni and recently received them; a Rubycon ZL, and 5x (minimum order size ) Nichicon HE.
But just today after following the X-Fi thread on my local forums, someone mentioned the Panasonic FM which I've looked at and it has better specs (longer life, lower impedance, higher ripple) and is also cheaper ... go figure . In hindsight I stupidly dismissed this cos I thought the Ruby's and/or Nich's were better, and the Panasonic being a more ... generic-type thing (like good "ideal" ratings but bad reliability/quality in real life).
So I am wondering if it is worth using (upgrading to?) the Panasonic instead?
Cost wise shouldn't matter, but I won't go through the hassle and delay (and the result of having 7 unused big caps), if it won't that much of a difference.
Links to the products and datasheets are here for those who are keen (many thanks ) and need more details:
- Rubycon ZL
- Nichicon HE
- Panasonic FM