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103.2 - which pair most needs the recap?

 
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writethis
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:18 pm    Post subject: 103.2 - which pair most needs the recap? Reply with quote

Hi all, first post on this wonderful site so please go easy. Laughing

I acquired my first pair of KEF a couple of months ago, walnut 103.2, and was immediately smitten to the extent that I began searching for a second pair. Actually ended up finding not one but TWO pairs of near-mint 103.2 in the beautiful rosewood. To my knowledge, no maintenance or upgrades have been performed on any of them.

All three pairs sound amazingly similar. One set has already found its way to a friend, leaving me with two pairs to live with long-term. The rest of my system, including the room, is pretty well dialed in, and I know it well. So it's fairly easy now to hear subtle differences between speakers.

The walnut pair is just a bit smoother, more even, more burnished sounding than the rosewood pair. The rosewoods sound great, just a touch brighter and maybe half a dB or a dB down in the warm lower mids.

So my real question: if crossover caps are starting to drift, would that generally result in a less-bright presentation, a brighter one or neither necessarily? Just trying to get a sense of which pair would be first in line for a recap when that day comes. Probably an unanswerable question, but I also wonder which pair sounds closer to the original reference.

I've also acquired a spare pair of SP2011A crossovers, and have a closely-matched recap kit en route from Falcon. The idea being to recap the spare crossovers and swap them into one pair or the other at some point.

I should add that both pairs of 103.2 sound glorious as they sit, and I'm in no great rush to do anything but enjoy them at this point.

Thanks in advance for any light you're able to shed.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So maybe it would be helpful to simplify.

When crossover caps drift, does their deviation from original values tend to push frequency response in a certain direction: i.e., brighter, muddier, less even, etc.?

A KEF-specific answer would of course be wonderful.

Thanks in advance.

michael
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