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post #1 of 15
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Today is the first opportunity I've had to listen to the Chiarra with the Ansar Supersound polypropylene capacitors I fitted last week due to me blowing a resistor in the PSU when I refitted the board (it was a short circuit between +15V / -15V)

I can categorically state that these caps bring about one very noticeable improvement across the board. The sound is absolutely holographic in presentation with much more space between instruments. You could drive a bus between the musicians....... Picking out individual instruments and listening to them is a joy, each instrument is treated to its own space in the soundstage and is projected into an almost holographic image.

It may be that I've been listening to a combination of the gspaudio and MINT for a week and the reinstatement of the Chiarra has, quite literally, made my jaw drop in utter wonder of the sound but I can't remember it sounding "this good" before the ANSAR supersounds were fitted.

It's hard to describe but the overall presentation is just so fluid, so flowing, so liquid yet incredibly detailed. The lid is going on this evening and it's going to remain on from now on....... I daren't tweak this anymore in fear that I will lose this magical sound. I was sceptical that the ANSAR supersounds would make much of an improvement (if any) but they have...... and by quite some margin.

Has anyone else found this with the ANSARS? Maybe they're called ANSAR cause they're the ANSAR (answer) to finding true audio Nirvana.

As far as I'm concerned....... This is the best I can imagine I will ever hear from headphone listening so it's now a case of enjoying the music and welding the lid on to avoid "just another tweak"
post #2 of 15
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A few Piccies :-)





post #3 of 15
congrats. how much do they cost?

also, what's that piece of jewellery on the board
post #4 of 15
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Originally posted by Glassman
congrats. how much do they cost?

also, what's that piece of jewellery on the board

They were an extremely reasonable £3 each from http://www.cricklewoodelectronics.com/

The piece of sonic jewellery is a chunk of Iron Pyrite (fools gold) I tried it with and without the pyrite in place and it sounded a lot better with it on the board.

It absorbs any nasties that may be kicking around in the amp (RFI / EMF) and I've used it to great effect in other pieces of equipment. Some may call it snake oil but I think it has magical properties

Pinkie.
post #5 of 15
I thought it was something that melted on the board.
post #6 of 15
Whoa... that's out there (the hunk of fool's gold).

At least it's purdy.

Hey, how about an amp enclosure made of that stuff? Hell you could be a rich man, Pinkie!
post #7 of 15
Congrats on the latest tweak that proved to improve upon your beloved Chiara amp Mike. It's always nice to hear about when someone finds another little tweak that improves the sound of something they like so much.
post #8 of 15
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You can actually buy Iron Pyrite on e-bay and it's not as expensive as you may think. for example: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...3&category=415

It's a really great rock and some say it has magical healing powers etc. My particular Pyrite is from the Scottish hills but the American stuff would do the same job :-)

Chemical Composition: FeS2, Iron Disulfide, often with substantial amounts of nickel and cobalt

Hardness: 6 - 6 1/2

Occurrence: Brass-yellow in color, metallic, often tarnished with a film of iron oxide. Crystal formation varies, isometric in cubes and pyritohedrons, rarely as octohedrons. Also granular, massive, fibrous, stalactitic, and mammillary. Pyrite is found in many different rocks, and in hydrothermal veins. Localities in the U.S. include Utah, Illinois, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Commonly known as "fool's gold."

Metaphysical Properties: Stone of protection. Wards off negative energy and physical danger. Stimulates intellect, enhances memory.

Corresponding Astrological sign: Leo

Chakra: 3rd Chakra - Solar Plexus, represents physical perfection
post #9 of 15
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Quote:
Originally posted by fiddler
Whoa... that's out there (the hunk of fool's gold).

At least it's purdy.

Hey, how about an amp enclosure made of that stuff? Hell you could be a rich man, Pinkie!
If you bought enough "single cubic crystals" from these guys then you could glue them together and make an extremely awesome enclosure which, I am sure, would "sound" incredible!! It would be pretty expensive but what an uber magical enclosure it would be!!

http://www.bestcrystals.com/pyrite.html

Single Cubic Crystal pics:


post #10 of 15
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Quote:
Originally posted by PinkFloyd
You can actually buy Iron Pyrite on e-bay and it's not as expensive as you may think. for example: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...3&category=415

It's a really great rock (it rocks) and some say it has magical healing powers etc. My particular Pyrite is from the Scottish hills but the American stuff would do the same job :-)

Chemical Composition: FeS2, Iron Disulfide, often with substantial amounts of nickel and cobalt

Hardness: 6 - 6 1/2

Occurrence: Brass-yellow in color, metallic, often tarnished with a film of iron oxide. Crystal formation varies, isometric in cubes and pyritohedrons, rarely as octohedrons. Also granular, massive, fibrous, stalactitic, and mammillary. Pyrite is found in many different rocks, and in hydrothermal veins. Localities in the U.S. include Utah, Illinois, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Commonly known as "fool's gold."

Metaphysical Properties: Stone of protection. Wards off negative energy and physical danger. Stimulates intellect, enhances memory.

Chakra: 3rd Chakra - Solar Plexus, represents physical perfection
If it's good enough for 3rd Chakra (whoever he is) then it's good enough for the Chiarra

Pinkie.
post #11 of 15
I'd like to know where I can buy large values of these capacitors in North America (that I can order online or by phone). I've heard that the Supersounds rate in sonics below Auricaps but above Solens. I've seen up to 80uF in a British store, but not in North America. That would be about right in my application.
post #12 of 15
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Quote:
Originally posted by Prune
I'd like to know where I can buy large values of these capacitors in North America (that I can order online or by phone). I've heard that the Supersounds rate in sonics below Auricaps but above Solens. I've seen up to 80uF in a British store, but not in North America. That would be about right in my application.
Hi Prune.

I know for a fact that http://www.cricklewoodelectronics.com ship to Canada as the guy told me they were very "popular" in Canada when I ordered mine :-)

Cricklewood go up to 80uF here's the direct link: http://www.cricklewoodelectronics.co...me.php?cat=155
post #13 of 15
Wow, that's huge...I'll have to build a new chassis. I don't know why they don't make smaller lower voltage ones.
post #14 of 15
Quote:
Originally posted by Prune
Wow, that's huge...I'll have to build a new chassis. I don't know why they don't make smaller lower voltage ones.
because the main function of high value polyprop caps is to be used in the power supply of tube amps. Thus 400V is just enough.

btw, it's not ''that'' big, audyn is making 330uF @400V mkp caps
post #15 of 15

Re: Ansar Supersound caps / Chiarra

Quote:
Originally posted by PinkFloyd
Today is the first opportunity I've had to listen to the Chiarra with the Ansar Supersound polypropylene capacitors I fitted last week due to me blowing a resistor in the PSU when I refitted the board (it was a short circuit between +15V / -15V)

I can categorically state that these caps bring about one very noticeable improvement across the board. The sound is absolutely holographic in presentation with much more space between instruments. You could drive a bus between the musicians....... Picking out individual instruments and listening to them is a joy, each instrument is treated to its own space in the soundstage and is projected into an almost holographic image.

It may be that I've been listening to a combination of the gspaudio and MINT for a week and the reinstatement of the Chiarra has, quite literally, made my jaw drop in utter wonder of the sound but I can't remember it sounding "this good" before the ANSAR supersounds were fitted.

It's hard to describe but the overall presentation is just so fluid, so flowing, so liquid yet incredibly detailed. The lid is going on this evening and it's going to remain on from now on....... I daren't tweak this anymore in fear that I will lose this magical sound. I was sceptical that the ANSAR supersounds would make much of an improvement (if any) but they have...... and by quite some margin.

Has anyone else found this with the ANSARS? Maybe they're called ANSAR cause they're the ANSAR (answer) to finding true audio Nirvana.

As far as I'm concerned....... This is the best I can imagine I will ever hear from headphone listening so it's now a case of enjoying the music and welding the lid on to avoid "just another tweak"

Hi Pinkie,

Sorry to hear about your problem with your Chiara, at least its ok now though.
Glad you like the new coupling caps, I have used the Ansars before, these are great value caps and should be alot better than the yellow Polycarbonates, I'm currently using Multicap RTX polystyrene's in my Chiara, these have been burning in for a few days and sound beautiful, I'm going to try a 50k ladder type Attenuator later tonight.

Regards

Ron
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