Look at the photo closely. I see some deformation exactly where the light is. The capacitor may be shorted or god knows what's going on in that mess.And as a snubber there's no point in replacing it, unless it's blown apart - it has no effect on the working of the unit.
Is that an old 1970s-era Sony TA1010? (Manual & schematic in pdf below...It is a component in my TA 1010 near. The mains transformer
Unlikely - and you can't tell on that photo. The 'mess' is standard Japanese construction from that eraLook at the photo closely. I see some deformation exactly where the light is. The capacitor may be shorted or god knows what's going on in that mess.
Completely wrong as usualthey are also placed at the speaker output in parallel with the speaker in some cases to avoid pops on startup. In this case, no single module (separate cap and resistor components).- below
The word "they" referred to a resistor and capacitor in series no matter how it is used, the component is a resistor and capacitor in series. Who is wrong? Completely wrong?Completely wrong as usual
That's a 'zobel network', and nothing to do with pops, nor is it a snubber.
A zobel network is to prevent instability into non-resistive loads, and prevents oscillation under those circumstances - personally I'd have fitted a 10 ohm and a 0.1uF (but I suppose it's only 1/3rd of that) - but it's extremely non-critical, and I've even seen 10uF electrolytics used.