Capacitor leakage? Help required please

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Offline Loquah

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on: February 10, 2019, 05:29:07 PM
Hi all, I haven't posted here in a long time because I have found total contentment with my Mainline setup. However, after hearing some distortion today, I went searching for the culprit and found some very shoddy wiring on a couple of ground wires (what was I thinking!?) That solved the distortion issue, BUT, in my search for a culprit I noticed that both of my output caps appear to be leaking. On both caps, where the lead exits (on both sides) there seems to be a film of some type of chemical residue that's spread out from the wire. I'll attach pics so you can see what I mean. Should I be concerned?

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Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 05:33:24 PM
Having trouble uploading pics. Here's a link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/tXBLnN7VC97udgDs6

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Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 06:46:17 PM
I would get in contact with Audience to see if they've seen this before.

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Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 02:16:13 PM
Thanks for the great suggestion Paul.

I approached the local Australian supplier first who got a response overnight from Audience. Here's what he / they said for anyone interested:

I’ve email the photos to Audience who make the Auricaps. They say:

“Auricaps are metalized polypropylene capacitors. There is no oil or any other internal substance that could leak. The capacitors in the picture are surely showing signs of aging; however, I would not worry about leaking.”

So I would not worry  about it.


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Reply #4 on: February 12, 2019, 09:51:47 AM
In other words, he has no idea what the discoloration is. My hunch is that a coating on the lead wire insulation is migrating out, over the surface of the epoxy end caps.

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Reply #5 on: February 12, 2019, 10:43:32 AM
Just cosmetic and nothing to worry about then?

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Reply #6 on: February 12, 2019, 11:28:17 AM
I wouldn't worry about it. If I was curious about it I would go right to the manufacturer with questions rather than a retailer. John McDonald is a nice guy and I'm sure he would be willing to allay your concerns.

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Reply #7 on: February 13, 2019, 10:38:31 PM
Thanks Doc. So long as it continues to sound sublime I'm happy  ;D

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