Originally Posted by robeeert1
I tried many caps on that position, the result was always unsatisfactory, that's why I decided to remove it, but it was at the beginning, almost no upgraded parts in the DAC.
Do you really think CuTF in every place should increase the quality to maximum? I do not think so, but try and let us know.
If you want to run extreme upgrade do not use Elna but look for Black Gate caps, FK, F, N.
I am beginning to think every cap makes a difference. You would think C5 is insignificant because it's not in the signal path, right? And yet there is a stark contrast from when it is in place and when it is removed. Everybody here who mods this thing hears it. And if I'm going to put in an upgraded cap, I can't think of a better one than CuTF. I don't recognize any deficiencies in its sound, meaning too much CuTF would sound too bright or too soft or too clinical, but I don't know, maybe there is such a thing as too much CuTF. I have read many good things about Duelund VSF, and one direct comparison with CuTF stating that it plays in the same league, but offers a lighter, more delicate touch to the vivid presentation of the VCap, which could be a good attribute to add to my DAC at this point. What other caps are on the same level?
The price of some higher value Black Gates these days can approach that of teflon VCaps and considering the number of electrolytics there are the overall cost would probably equal or exceed that of replacing all the other foil caps with CuTF. Some values can also be hard to find and age of the stock is a concern. Is the step from Elna to BG as big as, say, Jupiter HT to CuTF? That is, is the value for money as great? Do electrolytics generally influence the sound more than foil caps in this design or in general? I will have to try replacing some Elnas with BG NX to see for myself.
BTW this the great thing about this thread. That somebody tries something new, learns from it, and shares with the community. Then others try and offer their experiences so we all gain a better understanding or what works and what doesn't. We can theorize all we want about what would happen (and there are far too many pages wasted in the bickering of this type on audio boards), but the proof is in the pudding. So, big thanks to all who have contributed, especially Robert. I hope I can help out myself because I feel I have gained a tremendous amount from the input of others. At this point I have little to offer in terms of specifics because I just kind of dove in and threw everything at my DAC at once, but as time passes and I tinker with this and that I will be sure to share my impressions.
Edited by kimchee411 - 10/21/12 at 7:05pm