Discussion in 'Solid State' started by G7Trader, Jan 1, 2018.
Will the sound quality be improved?
It may. It may not. It's a very nice amp. Maybe you need different speakers?
I did a test a few years back where I compared (with a remote switcher) a fully recapped SX-850 and a stock one.
I did this at one of our audio get togethers.
Most people couldn’t tell the difference - I could hear a slight improvement at the high frequencies.
Many of us (myself included) are a bit obsessed with recapping. On a generally well functioning amp you may hear a slight improvement by recapping.
On a faulty amp you should correct the actual problem before recapping.
Also recapping can be seen as preventative maintenance.
I recapped mine and could hear a difference, though, at that point, my filter caps had been draining for a while and I did not know it.
No one can credibly answer that question, because no one knows the condition of your amp.
Last year I recapped an SX-950 and got a huge improvement.
I refurbished an SX-1000TW and got a more subtle improvement.
But I cannot generalize anything from either statement.
You can credibly expect that, if you refurbish your amp by replacing age-sensitive components (E-caps, transistors, etc.), your amp will be close to as-new condition.
Will that be an improvement?
Oh, 100% maybe.
I was there for this test and was one of those that could barely make out any improvement. Frankly, I was surprised and have to say, the opportunity to A/B identical stock vs. recapped units was a rare treat and a real eye opener.
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