How many capacitors should I use and why?

Hello guys..planning to upgrade the crossovers in my Magnepans.I am about to order the capacitors and inductors.What I need to know ..are there any benefits from using mutliple capacitors to achieve the correct value.Or would it be as good to use one high quality capacitor of the correct value. Please explain the benefits/negatives of each . Also what are the benefits/negatives of using a small bypass capacitor with one capacitor of the correct value?
Thanks guys for any and all comments.

Showing 1 response by tpsonic

It is possible when wiring caps in parralel ,to create a "tank" or oscillating circuit.It is usually best to use a large cap paralleled with smaller values to achive the desired value.You will also need to be cautious when by-passing.Some say that a REL 750 pf is enough.Anything above a .01mf is overkill and will alter your high frequencies.Generally speaking,the higher grade caps don' exceed 4 mf.By-passing should be done,keeping in mind the rule of X10.If you are approaching 1/10 the value desired-it may be too much.I am sure that I have oversimplified the situation,but others will surely clarify.