F E A T U R E S
MusiCaps deliver exceptional dynamics, speed, focus, correct
timbre and depth of field, and true inter-transient silence
Separate layers of polypropylene film & conductive foil deliver
superiors clarity of reproduction that metalized capacitors can not.
Custom stranded silver-plated copper leads - no copper oxidation
to ever degrade the music.
1000V Teflon insulation on coupling MusiCaps 22 gauge leads.
Large 16 gauge, stranded, silver-plated cooper leads on
Lead-free silver-bearing solder used in tinning and attachment
Tight ± 5% tolerances.
Hand soldered lead termination.
Extremely low DA, DF and ESR.
100% pre-testing for absolute quantity assurance.
Consistent, even, winding tension assures freedom from
A single capacitor = a singular sound - no time smear from
Value to value sonic consistency that is not found in other capacitors
- regardless of price.
What the reviewers say...
you want see-thru, high definition, detail and listenability, try MusiCap."
Joe Roberts, Editor, Sound Practices, Issue 6, 1994
improved signal transmission of the Hovland foil capacitors elevated the
speakers to a new level of naturalness, clarity, and immedicy."
Lynn Olson, Positive FeedBack, Vol. 5, No.4
I yanked the Vitamin Qs and soldered in some Hovland MusiCaps I got in
Immediated, radical, MAJOR change. THE highs came out of hiding, images emerged from the fog,
and it became possible to again discern detail."
Seth Goldwin, Sound Practices, Issue 6, 1994
extra ambiance, combined with a very clean treble delivery that seemed
far less prone to ringing or silibance than the other types does make them
really quite speical."
Dominic Baker, HI-FI World DIY Supplement, August 1996
enable sensitive audio circuits to achieve their ultimate level of performance.
By far the most musically accurate capacitor available, MusiCaps provide a dramatic improvement
in clarity, focus and dynamics when used in critical new design, or as an upgrade to existing tube or
The MusiCap line
also includes capacitors expressly designed for use in speakers. Speaker
are a revelation in well designed dynamic crossover networks, or as an upgrade to fine electrostatic
speaker systems. A growing number of prominent high-end manufactures employ Hovland MusiCap
in their top speaker models.
design of MusiCap dictates a painstaking manufacturing process using costly
The result is a quality product which, while not inexpensive, delivers immediately discernible benefits and will
over the long run prove an exceptional value.
MusiCap are constructed of a speical variety of foil and polypropylene film, rather than the sonically inferior deposited-particle "metalixed film" used in other popular capacitors.
Polypropylene is chosen in part because of its superior ability to foam an intimate bond with the thin foil -
neither teflon nor polystyrene mate as well. MusiCap are individually machine-rolled, and the leads are carefully hand-soldered using lead-free silver-bering solder.
MusiCap leads are stranded, teflon insulated, silver-plated copper - a vast improvement over sound-degrading
solid copper or steel leads. Inaddition, the winding method and density of MusiCap helps quell microphonic tendencies.
Fron the outset, attention was given to creating capacitors which maintain their musical qualities from the smallest to the largest value. Unlike other brands of capacitors which often sound diffent as the value changes,
MusiCap proprietary design parameters result in remarkable value-to-value sonic consistency.
100% pre-testing and tight ±5% tolerances assure absolute quality.
As a result of the premium materials used to product MusiCap, they are approximately 100% larger than common metalized capacitors. Because of their greater size, 10µF is the largest MusiCap value we can make.
You may combine MusiCap in parallel to obtain custom values or values larger than 10µF.
Usage notes: MusiCap lead lengths are approximately 2 inches on coupling caps, 4 inches on speaker caps;
The red lead on coupling caps, and blue striped lead on speakers caps is the foil inner edge.
Critical loudspeaker crossover deserve to have a transparent product specific to the application.
MusiCap speaker capacitors are identical in design to our standard MusiCaps except for the larger leads,
which are 16 gauge, fine-strand, silver-plated copper.
It makes little sense to invest in expensive, high-quality speaker cable and internal wiring,
only to have the signal pass through solid leads of insufficient gauge. While a fully "MusiCap-ed" crossover is supreme, just installing MusiCaps in the tweeter circuit can reveal much additional detail and nuance.
Film & Foil Polypropylene
The component of choice when musical realism is your goal.
Round case; ± 5% Tolerance)
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