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  • Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

    I'm considering purchasing Jantzen CrossCap capacitors for a DIY tube project. They are relatively inexpensive, only a few cents more than Dayton audio caps.

    Has anyone tried Jantzen CrossCap caps? Are they a step up from Dayton audio caps?

    Here's a ling to an example: http://www.parts-express.com/pe/psho...Number=027-902


    I do not want to spend a wad of money on Auricaps.


    Thanks for any opinions!....regards....jim
    Jazz Wine HiFi

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    Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

    I find no difference. This is probably not a big jump in quality either for sound or physical characteristics like leads.

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    • #3
      Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

      For your application, I can't say really, but for speakers I find them to be smoother than the Daytons.
      Later,
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        Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

        I usually get all my caps from ErseAudio. They are good quality caps, most spec out with a 3% tolerance compared with Dayton's 10% and Jantzen's 5%, are priced between the Dayton and the CrossCaps, and they have about 50% more values than either one you mentioned. They have always measured closer than 3% for me. I hate to steer someone away from PE, but Erse is where I get my caps and inductors, and shipping is always very reasonable. I get just about everything else I need for speaker builds from PE.

        Chris
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        • #5
          Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

          I preferred Nichicon FG electrolytic caps to Daytons in electronics, that should speak volumes.

          I don't have experience with Crosscaps in electronics, but Jantzen's budget line was awful too.
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          • #6
            Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

            Crosscaps are okay. Not necessarily better. If you're looking to step things up a notch then ClarityCap SA or ESA from Madisound will give more bang for the buck.

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              Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

              I am open to opinions and preferences on the SQ of electronics parts.

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                Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

                FWIW- the dayton spec on line and in the catalog all say 10%, but right on the body of the caps it states 5%. This has been wrong since they were introduced, so I don't know why they do not change it. Also- I've never had one be very far off from spec at all, with most being dead-on.

                Later,
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                  Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

                  Originally posted by Wolf View Post
                  FWIW- the dayton spec on line and in the catalog all say 10%, but right on the body of the caps it states 5%. This has been wrong since they were introduced, so I don't know why they do not change it. Also- I've never had one be very far off from spec at all, with most being dead-on.

                  Later,
                  Wolf
                  Thanks for the info. I may have to give them a try.

                  Chris
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                  • #10
                    Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

                    Tony Gee, humblehomemadehifi.com, had this to say about the Jantzen Caps in his "Cap Test" where the lowest score was 6 and the highest 14.


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                    • #11
                      Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

                      Tony G. may have a bias towards large, relatively higher rated voltage caps.
                      Download the paper here:

                      http://www.classicspeakerpages.net/I...showtopic=5828

                      It's been a popular download but is a bit dated now since he has added more cap reviews since the paper was written early last year.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

                        Did you notice that if not completely, pretty much across the board, Tony's opinions improve as the price of the caps (or drivers or inductors or what-have-you) increases?! I think his opinion is highly influenced by cost, much like many of the audiophools whom have more money than common sense. Just my opinion, of course.
                        Paul

                        Originally posted by greywarden View Post
                        Tony Gee, humblehomemadehifi.com, had this to say about the Jantzen Caps in his "Cap Test" where the lowest score was 6 and the highest 14.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

                          Originally posted by greywarden View Post
                          Tony Gee, humblehomemadehifi.com, had this to say about the Jantzen Caps in his "Cap Test" where the lowest score was 6 and the highest 14.
                          FYI, his tests were done in loudspeakers, not in line level electronics.
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                            Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

                            Originally posted by Face View Post
                            FYI, his tests were done in loudspeakers, not in line level electronics.
                            Yes, that's true indeed. I was only linking the T.G. paper because he was brought up in another thread.

                            Here's another review of caps. This time they were evaluated in coupling cap application.
                            http://www.vhaudio.com/21capacitorshootout.pdf
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                            • #15
                              Re: Jantzen CrossCap vs Dayton Caps

                              There was a post put up by someone that did some testing of caps in a tweeter layout. He used multipule caps on a switcher that allowed immediate changes. There was a group of people with him and as far as I remember it was a blind test. There was the clarity sa, sonicaps, and a few other high dollar ones. The consensus was that there wasn't a huge difference between them but most liked the jantzen cross cap the most, so that's what went into the final crossover.

                              Dan

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