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I have an audio circuit im building from schematics. . The schematic calls for 30nF, 220nF, 6.8nF, 22nF, 5nF, and 2.2nF capacitors ...all of which I cannot find to order. . I even converted these values into microfarads and picofarads and can't locate these parts either. . Can I substitute a closer more common value capacitor for each of these? I can send you the schematic if it helps answer my question

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  • \$\begingroup\$ We can't even begin to speculate without a schematic. \$\endgroup\$ – Matt Young Aug 18 '13 at 19:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Apart from 5nf for which you might get away with 4.7 or 5.1nf, these are all standard values. Where are you looking that won't supply them? \$\endgroup\$ – Brian Drummond Aug 18 '13 at 19:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MattYoung combining caps in series or parallel to make a specific value wouldn't require a schematic... \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Aug 18 '13 at 19:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Passerby Sure, but where did the OP say anything about doing that? He wants to substitute for common values. \$\endgroup\$ – Matt Young Aug 18 '13 at 20:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ These are all common values. Ditch your inept supplier. \$\endgroup\$ – Kaz Aug 18 '13 at 22:53
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You must be looking in the wrong place. Go to digikey.com and enter the appropriate parametric search, and you'll find all the components you want: http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en/capacitors/ceramic-capacitors/131083?k=capacitor

Substituting capacitors used for bypassing can work just fine; typically more is better in those cases (as long as ESR and voltage rating is sufficient.) Substituting capacitors used as part of a tuned filter is much less straightforward. Thus, to answer your question, we need to know the role of each of those capacitors.

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If these capacitors form filters etc. then its not a good idea to just change values. The original design specified them for a reason. You could make up the values by series/parallel connections e.g. a 5nF can be made with 2 x 10nF connected in series, a 30nF can be made with three 10nF in parallel.

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