CFO (Chief Fun Officer)
- Feb 13, 2016
- Seattle Area
I walked into my den a few years ago where I kept the Mark Levinson DAC. I smell this awful scent like an animal had died. I search high and low trying to find it and nothing. But the smell persisted. So one day I power on the Mark Levinson DAC and notice one channel is clearly distorted. Open it up and an electrolytic capacitor had leaked and was putting out that stench! I have seen a lot of bad caps but never had them small this bad. Not sure what they had put in there. Here is a picture of it:
It was that "C43" that had oozed out its guts (the dark area around the resistor and such). It is sitting next to that power IC/Regulator that likely cooked it and caused the failure.
So yes, using vintage products comes with such a risk of reliability.