Path Audio Resistors - Capacitance ?

Hi Everyone,

I've been reading up on the Path Audio resistors. It seems they are not pure resistors, but deliberately designed as resistors with capacitance. That 3rd lead will bleed off high frequencies. 

If anyone has a pair and can measure the capacitance I'd be curious to know. 


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I have a pair on order. I use them all the time as they are fabulous. Just uber neutral and so smooooth! Clean, natural and smooth. Did I say smooth?

I won’t have them until early next week.
Erik, really? I read up on them too, and thought the third wire was connected to the shield around the resistor, the other end to be soldered to ground. Nothing specifically about bleeding off highs.
could you post the link?
Hi @jhrlrd -

You are right, but what you don't realize is that you are essentially describing both a faraday shield AND a capacitor. :) 

What is a capacitor but two conductors separated by insulators? The copper shield adds capacitance. Same thing happens with shielded wiring by the way. 

What I'm wondering is whether or not this is measurable as capacitance. If it's tiny it won't make much of a difference. 


Yes the 3rd wire is shield to ground.  Well to the negative binding post which is really not ground. 
ok Eric, Ha, good point, but roll off highs or send noise to ground?

Granny, my black binding post connects to chassis ground eventually through the PC board, so how’s it not really ground?
Also Granny, maybe you could measure capacitance on the Rike?

Oh, and  you using them in a crossover I presume?
Yes, speaker crossovers only. No, the negative binding post (speaker) is not some sort of magical ground where the signal just evaporates away into the ether 🙂
Yes, I’ve read that statement before, that ground is not some magical sink for noise. But I guess it is somewhere for the noise to go, or maybe shorted to zero potential, otherwise why would they have you connect it there. (Rike pigtail) . I once made a copper foil shield between a plasma tv and oppo player and it did nothing till I grounded the foil. Then the noise coming thru the air into the oppo almost completely went away. Just like a magical noise sink!
It is a high pass filter and Faraday shield. 

Read up on either. :) 
Erik is correct they have an outer copper shell and the drain wire is optional  in my system I did not find a noticable difference and just cut it and sealed .it has absolutely -0 effect on the high frequencies. Parts connecxion  always fails to buy ample stock
so I just ordered 10 from Hifi collective in the uk, int fedex priority
under $30 and arrives in two to 3 days max.every one of these measured under .75 of 1% in variances in 10 samples that is incredibly good. I am treating my Xover and using the excellent
milflex Copper foil .022 Bypass caps on my Xover with Duelund Silver foil with this the best resistor out there that I have heard 
in North America. $25 a piece is a bit pricy but they tie in the 
musical performance with great musicality and accuracy they for sure have a slightly warmer balance then the caddock or      Ohmite Gold.

I just recently upgraded by whole Loudspeaker Xover with the Path Audio But had to order from Hifi collective in the UK for parts connecxion never has good stock on the Oath Audio resistors 
I bought 10 8 for my speakers and a pair for the Premium Loudspeaker Clarifiers I sell . These transform every part in the musical chain you put them in ,these resistors are just very clear and detailed with excellent depth of field and sounstaging , the only thing is that burnin time is minimum 100 hours, and 200 to full refinement , I just play them for a solid week , ,
your system justsounds more natural and live , well worth the monies. Spent.

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Usually when I see a tube, I think there's a coil, or a cap hidden. It would be nice if someone could measure the L and C on those "resistors."