I haven't personally heard the Duelund's with the Sonicaps (only the Clarity Cap ESA's), but you should get an improvement with the transparency and detail due the Duelund's Ray. Definately let us know how it goes. If you like the Duelund's, you will also the enjoy the improvement the Clarity Cap ESA's bring as well. The Clarity Cap's are a little more transparent, have much better imaging, detail, and soundstage.
Oh Ray are you in for a treat..
Subject: Re: Customer Inquiry - WBT QD25 Quick Disconnect
I was told copper but if they publish brass, it's brass.
Not the first time I was given incorrect information. I
have had these for years and maybe at the time they were
copper and later switched to brass for better grip.
Usually this type of connector is high copper content
or pure copper. As copper is constantly creeping up in price
maybe this style connector will get switched over to brass.
Subject: RE: QD25 Metal - Copper or Brass
It is made from brass. WBT is currently prototyping a pure copper version. Since
copper is so soft, they have had to re-engineer the original design for the
terminal to retain its 'spring'.
Did yours show up today? Mine are at FedEx I have to pick them up this afternoon..
The lead of one resistor broke off when I was installing it and another resistor had a loose lead that appeared to be close to popping off. I ground off some of the plastic casing and resoldered the leads. Duelund is sending replacements for those resistors.
I was able to install all 5 resistors on the back side of the board, although I had to stack two of the resistors and I had to cut away the Black Hole damping material over the stacked resistors. In all my years as an electronics hobbyist, this was the first time I had a component lead come off.
I did notice improvement after a few days. But I noticed an improvement right out the gate.. I will take a look at mine today on the lead issue, that is not good at all. Did you contact them about the problem?
I love how transparent they are compared to the mills. I really thought this would be an upgrade you would love.
Ray do you have a diagram of the 1.2TL internal wiring you could email me?
I am looking for like -
Connector - 24" to first driver, from first driver to second, 15", etc etc
I did not know if you took those notes or not... :)
I have always wondered the same thing as another poster mentioned about the amount of money being spent on the wire fed to the binding posts. I have never saw this kind of upgrade before and also did not understand why not very many people do it. Those pictures confirm why no one does it and your results confirm why everyone should do it
The tweeter wire lengths are given in the last entries in the table below:
The binding post wires were 24".
Figure 1. Duelund resistor placement mockup.
Paper cutouts with the same footprint as the Duelund CAST resistors were arranged on the back of a prototype sample of my SDA SRS 1.2TL crossover board. I ordered long leads and how long the "long leads" were. This is the response I received from Duelund:
"They are made so they easily cross each other on the middle of the resistor. I make them by hand, so I just make them looong."
Based on that vague, non-quantitative reply, and knowing that the resistors were 5.3" long, I guessed that the leads would be at least 4" long. The actual leads measured 4.2" to 5.1" long.
Figure 2. Actual resistor arrangement.
Due to the locations of the resistor through-holes and obstructions on the back of the board, the 11.5 ohm resistor had to be stacked on top of the 2.7 ohm resistor.
Figure 3. What a mess - Duelund resistors installed. The leads are covered with 3/16" shrink wrap.
The resistors were secured to the board with a pad of hot glue at each end.
Figure 4. Cutout in the Sonic Barrier Black Hole damping material.
Sonic Barrier Black Hole damping material is placed between the circuit board and its same-size structural support board. I cut away the damping material in the area of the stacked resistors to avoid excess pressure on them. I found out the hard way that Duelund resistors are somewhat delicate.
Figure 5. Licorice sticks, bricks and regular looking resistors. Clockwise from bottom left: original ceramic
metallic resistors, Duelund carbon resistors, Mills MRA-12 wire wound resistors.
Noise spectrum measurements with an oscilloscope showed that the Mills passed a cleaner signal than the cermet resistors and the Duelunds passed a cleaner signal than the Mills. The increase in transparency was immediately apparent, but it was more modest than I expected.
Figure 6. One lead of one of the 11.5 ohm resistors broke off with normal handling during installation. I
soldered it back on. Duelund is sending a replacement.
In all my years and years as an electronics hobbyist since teenage, I have never had a component lead to break...until now...with my $65 a piece boutique resistors.
Figure 7. SDA SRS 1.2TL crossover board with Mills MRA-12 resistors.
Figure 8. SDA SRS 1.2TL crossover board with Duelund CAST Silver resistors on the back.
I received this reply when I asked Duelund about break in time for the CAST Silver resistors:
"5 days good playing."
Since I don't know what a day of good playing is, I am going to assume it is a typical day's listening, say 10 hours, rather than an entire 24 hour day. That would generously put "5 days good playing" as 50 hours. Since I am letting the radio play overnight and when I am away from home, it will only take a little over two days to reach the equivalent of "5 days good playing". As of now, I have 27 hours of listening time on the Duelunds.
After the Duelund's are finished soaking, I can play with my new Pass Labs XP-30 preamp:
Figure 9. According to Pass Labs, the XP-30 requires 36 hours of warmup from a cold start.
This was a one month old dealer demo, so I assume no further break in is required.
Nice looking pre-amp there Ray!
With regards to the Duelund resistors, could it be that the transparency of the Duelunds is revealing the lower transparency of the Sonicaps possibly? As I said, I have never heard the Sonicap/Duelund combo so I have no basis of comparison. I was very impressed by the transparency of the Clarity Cap ESA/Duelund combination vurses the Sonicap/Mills combination however. Do you think the Duelunds could be revealing weaknesses of the Sonicaps, possibly? I know you are directly comparing the Sonicap/Mills vurses the Sonicap/Duelund and basing your listening thoughts upon these comparisons, but can the greater transparency of the Duelund resistors reveal to you the weakness of the Sonicap capacitors?
I ponder the thought of purchasing Duelund Cast Silver Resistors that Toolfan and DarqueKnight are using - either for my 1.2TLs or to be used in another system. I went on VR3's advice and replaced my Mills resistors with Mundorf MoX Resistors in my 1.2TLs. As VR3 promised, they removed a veil when comparing them with the Mills Resistors. The results were immediate and impressive. (I should also mention that I am now using Jupiter Caps for the Tweeters and Clarity Cap MR for the drivers and SDA. The Jupiters and Mundorfs went in at the same time 3 weeks ago and have some break-in time, the Clarity Caps went in last week - still being broken in.)
DK - just curious if had any reservations using the Mundorf Metal Oxide Resistors?
As always, I am looking forward to DKs input after the break in period is complete.