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post #1906 of 2194
Ok. Any idea what component it is? Kinda difficult to remove SMD components, especially since it's so tiny. I was thinking maybe I could replace it with a larger component that would be easier to solder on.
post #1907 of 2194
Regarding the M33078, trodas swapped it for an LM4562. I've read another source(I think it's OCworkbench) that says the mic-in opamp can be replaced by the LM4562 too. Not too sure if there's a large difference though, will try it when i get home.


Not all opamps that work with the Front L/R channels will work in the Mic-in slot though; the M33078 in the xfi runs on half the voltage of the front L/R opamp, so chips like the AD8599 won't work.
post #1908 of 2194
If i'm not wrong the tiny SMD component i lost is a capacitor, but i'm unsure of it's capacitance. Can anyone verify this?
post #1909 of 2194
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Originally Posted by bichi View Post
Reference picture, SB0460 (X-FI XtremeMusic), for another person, who ripped pads.... Good Luck!

- SB0460 - U2 Audio signal paths - reference for "ripped pad" wire repair
X-FI-MOD-099c - eSnips, share anything
Is it the same path for U3?

Ive got little sound on the rear left, from a stacked pad, tried using this sceme but no luck..
post #1910 of 2194
Am new but i have being hanging around for some time, trying to aquire some knowledge on modding.
My respect to Mr cotdt, for taking the bulls by the horn.
First i found out that my Extreme gamer has a 220uf/25v G-Luxon where most people install the 2200uf/16v. Can i change it to 3300uf/25v Panasonic and there is a 100uf/16v Jamicon the other side of the X-FI chip and i intend solding a 470uf/16v Black Gate in there? What do you gentelmen think about the idea and is there any link to an X-FI extreme audio pcie mod?
I will like to use it to learn how to change opamps as my solding skills are as good as a 8yr old trying to paint
post #1911 of 2194
if you can afford to replace your sound card or don't care if you ruin it, this is an ok starter project.
post #1912 of 2194
got a quick question. i wanna attempt this mod on my own xfi card. but since its going to be connected to my z5500 control center (which uses another set of opamps, i heard they arent that good as well) via analogue or coax, wouldn't that change the sound signature too?
post #1913 of 2194
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Originally Posted by drkazndragon View Post
got a quick question. i wanna attempt this mod on my own xfi card. but since its going to be connected to my z5500 control center (which uses another set of opamps, i heard they arent that good as well) via analogue or coax, wouldn't that change the sound signature too?
yes, everything in the signal path changes the signature.
post #1914 of 2194
maybe ill jus do the same mods to the control center.
post #1915 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Random Murderer View Post
if you can afford to replace your sound card or don't care if you ruin it, this is an ok starter project.
I should have taken your advice.
I have an Xtreme Gamer that crashes my pc whenever i install the driver. The Extreme Audio is working better than before no more popping noise whenever am playing music. I did a complete cap replacement on both. Please does someone have a diagram or picture of the Gamer with labeled cap series. I want to order new caps then get all the new caps of the card and trace the fault. If someone can help i will be highly grateful and thanks in advance. After the failed gamer card i lost all my self trust in trying out the opamp mod on my extreme audio.
post #1916 of 2194
hi guys, does polarity matter when swapping out cap? if so, how do i figure out which is pos and neg?
post #1917 of 2194
Ceramic caps (the tiny brown smd ones) don't have polarity. The big electrolytics do have polarity, which is marked by a - on the cap itself and there should be a + sign on the silkscreen on the board.
post #1918 of 2194
Can you use these opamps?

LME49860 - 44V Dual High Performance, High Fidelity Audio Operational Amplifier

Also, how are people mounting the ERS paper to the back?
post #1919 of 2194
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Originally Posted by soulesschild View Post
Can you use these opamps?

LME49860 - 44V Dual High Performance, High Fidelity Audio Operational Amplifier

Also, how are people mounting the ERS paper to the back?
yes, those are pretty much identical to the lm4562.
i haven't used ers paper, as it is ridiculously overpriced, but certain esd bags work just as well.
post #1920 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Random Murderer View Post
yes, those are pretty much identical to the lm4562.
i haven't used ers paper, as it is ridiculously overpriced, but certain esd bags work just as well.
care to list some that might work?
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