Um, Clarity just released a new version, which replaces ESA, called CSA.
If you want dark, but fabulous low level detail, go with Mundorf MKP.
If you want a brighter, arier cap, CSA.
I can't stress enough though, the MKP has TONS of low level detail and ambience, but it's a better cap when you want to tame the high end. It's also cheap enough playing with it won't break your budget. :)
OOPS! Sorry about that bit of misinformation. I should ask them. The ESA and MR lines went on sale simultaneously in advance of the release of the CSA and CMR so I erroneously assumed they were being phased out.
some time ago...oh my memory....:)...my friend has tried ESA vs MKP the mkp is good but quite rough and something harsh in mid-high freq not high freq that are dark. mkp has strange sound: with some music sound better then other caps, but with other kind of music they sound harsh in mid-hifgh, dry but dark the esa was another word and is better then mkp in all parameters, but i don’t remenber well bacause the test was done by my friend
@erik_squires Hi Erik, I consider the MKP to be on par with the better of the cheap solens... Solens ar PA/PB/PPE before you get the silver or film & foil... I do like the MKP's better than the PA or PB, but ever so slightly prefer the PPE or the Mundorf MKP.... Well, I guess really the application depends... The MKP are a touch more lively, but can get congested easy, the PPE is a tad more neutral and stage forward.... Just depends on what suits your fancy and the application, but these 2 caps are very much on par... Above this level, I do prefer the Mundorfs over the solens.
you are right tim, no word is better: the MKP "congested easy". infact i believe that micro informations at low level of the MKP that erik say, is due the MKP are opened soon their detail and so congested before other caps. this is my point of view, so i said that MKP has strange sound sometime
@erik_squires Hi Erik, Just thinking about your last comment.... I can easily see how a cap could do something with one speaker and not another. Or vice versa, not do something.... Depending on how a cap reacts to Load, frequency, and its own dielectric absorption rate, it could certainly react differently from one speaker to another. So with that, It also explains why a cap is favorable on one speaker and not another.