Help with crossover capacitors

I am re-capping some Altec Lansing 890C Bolero speakers.  They have 6uf/50volt and 3uf/25 volt caps.  What will change if I use 5.6uf and 3.2 caps?  I can't find the exact 6uf and 3uf values.  Should I go a little bit higher on those values or lower?  Any suggestions?  I'm looking at Dayton, Mundorf or Jantzen caps but I'm open to suggestions.


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And another question:  The resistors are 30ohm 15watt and 15ohm 10watt.  Mills makes both of these in 12 watt versions.  Will this work?
Two 15ohm 12watt resistor in series will give you a 30ohm 24watt.
The resistor power rating is the maximum amount of power that the resistor can withstand. It won't give your speaker more power, I believe the designer use a 15watt resistor for a reason.


Just one caution: how hard do you drive your speakers? The 300R, 12 watt resistor may get hot when used hard, in place of a 15 watt. Have you considered doubling up in parallel? I would be sure to meet or exceed all voltage and power specs, and match values of resistance or capacitance as closely as possible.

Rather than brand name, consider technology when buying caps. Film and foil is notably better than any metallized product. I like tin foil and styrene film, especially from MIT multi cap - pricey, but worth it in spades. Mills is good unless you have deep pockets.

This is backwards
Two 15ohm 12watt resistor in series will give you a 30ohm 24watt.
You want to parallel resistors to increase wattage.
You can in series or parallel resistors to increase wattage!

You can parallel two 60ohm 12watt resistors to get the same result.

P= V x I

Two identical resistor in series, each resistor only see half of the voltage.

Two identical resistor in parallel, each resistor only take half of the current.