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Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?

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Posted on July 9, 2010 at 07:57:04
escape2cfc
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Hi,

Antique Electronics Supply sells a low cost cap named Audiophiler MKP. Anyone evaluated the sound qualities of this cap? They are Red in color and appear to be well made, rated for 400VDC. I was primarily interested in replacing Solens in a couple of spots in gear and crossovers. If they are an improvement they would be a great value. I just wanted an opinion before I went through the effort of installing them and the break-in process.

Thanks,
Chuck

 

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RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on September 21, 2010 at 16:12:10
Johnny2Bad


 
There seems to be some confusion here. Hopefully I can clear it up a bit.

RE: " ... Do you think it's a WIMA? I ask because of course WIMA uses the acronym MKP to denote one of their product lines. ..."

"MKP" is just a convenient abbreviation for metalized Polyester/Polypropylene, in other words two common materials for film caps and probably about as informative as things like "HD" i.e: Heavy Duty; High Definition, whatever. Don't read anything into that designation at all.

The Red ones are Chinese made and the brand is "Audiphiler". They are rather ordinary film caps.

Mundorf (Germany) uses the phrase "Audiophiler" in some of their product lines. In this particular case it's Mundorf M-Cap (registered trademark) MKP Series. These caps are marked "Audiophiler Kondensator" which is, not surprisingly, German for "Audiophile Capacitor".

Apparently the Chinese factory chose the German word "Audiophiler", which means in English "Audiophile", as their brand name.

Hope that clears it up. The Mundorfs are considerably better, in my opinion, than the Chinese Audiophilers, and I've heard both in the same circuit.

 

RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 11, 2010 at 08:49:03
Neff


 
I use Russian K40Y-9 or FT-3 teflon for audio circuits in values to .33uF. I find the teflon most neutral. A combo of K40Y-9 & FT-3 seems to perform best with the K40Y-9 upstream of the power tubes.

I prefer crystal clear & neutral sonics that does not 'color' the audio for home entertainment amplifiers. Some prefer a very warm tube sound with lots of 'color' and that is available with various capacitors. So, tune with different tubes to taste and still use the Russian capacitors- best value anywhere, failures are about non-existent.

 

RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 9, 2010 at 17:09:14
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Chuck
You run the Russian kbgs if you are looking for speaker caps in your k horns. I always use oilers in those crossovers. You can score vitamin Qs for the smaller caps pretty reasonable because of the low voltage.
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RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 9, 2010 at 19:16:00
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I have been using the 10 microfarads {400 volts is the limiting factor here for me} instead of electrolytics...........they are made in Germany with a tolerance of plus/minus 3 percent and they are excellent.
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RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 11, 2010 at 19:32:02
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Do you know if they are made in Germany or in China from German materials?

 

RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 13, 2010 at 09:25:22
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Crossover Capacitors
larger view, 1.0uF - 400V MKP Audiophiler audio grade capacitor made in Germany. 12.6mm diameter x 31mm long. Part #MKP1D0400, $1.59. Click on photo for ...
www.amprepairparts.com/xovercaps.htm -

Made in Germany from Chinese Parts? Doubtful, Since Germany is fast becoming one of the most powerful economic engines in the world..............again.
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RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 10, 2010 at 07:25:39
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Same here clean. I use them as electrolytic bypass but not for audio signal.
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RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 11, 2010 at 14:34:55
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Signal runs through the bypass caps .

Al

 

RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 12, 2010 at 21:36:07
Michael Samra
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Yes it does but,Im not using them for cathode bypass, only PS bypass and 60 and 120hz is what is running thru the them. If you have all kinds of audio riding on the PS caps,you have some pretty bad quality caps. I don't use the .1s and .22s bypasses in solens. Those I use strictly paper in oil and I use 5uf and above solen bypasses.
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RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 9, 2010 at 15:31:43
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Look for film and foil Polypropelenes. Or russian teflons.

 

RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 9, 2010 at 14:42:30
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I once come across Chinese factory which manufactures these caps when was looking for something else. These are absolutely standard general-purpose axial metal-propylene or metal-polystyrene caps, manufactured with the same material and equipment as many others. They are made up to 100uF so you can replace electrolytes if you have enough space to do so.

 

RE: Audiophiler MKP Cap from Antique Electronics Supply?, posted on July 9, 2010 at 12:32:58
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Do you think it's a WIMA? I ask because of course WIMA uses the acronym MKP to denote one of their product lines. Two caps I do not like in a coupling application: WIMA and Solens. There are lots of better choices, IMO.

 

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