Chinese CK12 Capsules - Serious Problems

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forzasalva

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Hello folks,

I hope you're doing fine in these crazy times.

It's now 4 years that I regularly purchase (single-sided) Chinese CK12 capsules from a few Chinese suppliers (the ones with the blue plastic and the yellow adhesive tape).

They always worked fine, as long as I put some isolation on the backplate cable to avoid the exposure to humidity and moisture.
Now since May I noticed some very serious problems with their newer batches.
8 of 10 capsules simply won't work. The output is very low and sometimes very noisy and distorted.
That was never the case with the old batch.

I tried isolating the backplate cable with some acrylic lacquer (as I always did) - nothing
I tried putting a spacer between the backplate and the cable - nothing
I tried cleaning all contacts (front and backplate) since they put some strange red sticky stuff on it (not loctite) - nothing
I also tried adding some extra space between the backplate and the membrane - also nothing.

Sometimes it helps to swap the backplates. I then just use the other backplate with the membrane. But with that new batch this also doesn't help.
I tried all threaded holes in the backplate (with the backplate cable), but still nothing.
There always is a measurable capacitance of 10-14nF (which is high, but the old capsules still worked).

One thing I noticed is, that when I remove the yellow adhesive tape the capsules will work as long as I don't speak into the microphone. As soon as I speak into the microphone the output drops significantly and comes back after 1 minute.

What could be the problem with those capsules?

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Thanks a lot for your help  :)

forza
 

kingkorg

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As soon as I speak into the microphone the output drops significantly and comes back after 1 minute.

This sounds like membrane sticks to the backplate. Or humidity issue. They should measure in tens of picofarads.

Could it be they use thinner spacer between membrane and backplate? Try lower polarization voltage?
 

forzasalva

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kingkorg said:

Could it be they use thinner spacer between membrane and backplate? Try lower polarization voltage?

Thank you. I always set the polarization voltage to about 50V. With 60V the membrane is sucked to the backplate and there is no output at all. Maybe I should try 40V.

A thinner spacer could be the reason for the high capacitance. Normally K67/CK12/K47 capsules do come with a capacity of about 70-100pf and not 140pf. One capsule of that batch even had 160pf.

The strange thing: When I use the rear backplate with the front membrane the capacitance halves, but the problem with the low output and distortion persists...

I'll try adding an extra spacer between membrane and backplate. Maybe this helps. I'll report later.
 

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could also be contamination on the backplate - if even the smallest residue of oils remain here, capsule will collapse very easily.

your 160 pF is waayyyyy too high..!

/Jakob E.
 

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