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post #271 of 2194
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Originally Posted by ReTiCuLe View Post
Codt, is the sound still noticeably better without ERS Paper? I haven't gotten ahold of any yet. If I could live without it for a bit with better sound I'd start modding .
IMHO, the op-amp chage makes the biggest sound difference. Yes, it is completely worth modding the op-amp/cap first, then adding the ERS paper in later. Note that every system will probablyent respond a bit differly to the ERS, depending on the arrangement of video card/soundcard in your pci slot. Heck, some video cards don't even have fans. In my case, there was a big fan basically right on top of the card- no good!
post #272 of 2194
yeah since my gpu is water cooled there's no fan, but my case is directly below my sound card so I'm probably going to put ERS paper on my psu instead of on my sound card
post #273 of 2194
OK which one of you hotshots lives close to MA and can do the Modification for me. Send me a PM and see if we can work something out.
post #274 of 2194
well,i have shorted all caps,now every output is working perfectly.
thanks Codt.
post #275 of 2194
its seems to be that i cant get the lm4562,is there any other good dac which i can use it with my xfi?
post #276 of 2194
Does anyone have a picture of the output caps to short? The orginal picture is not of the output caps.

- Rich
post #277 of 2194
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Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
its seems to be that i cant get the lm4562,is there any other good dac which i can use it with my xfi?
no, you can't really change the DAC
post #278 of 2194
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Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
its seems to be that i cant get the lm4562,is there any other good dac which i can use it with my xfi?
lm4562 is a opamp,not sure if its just a typo by you though.
post #279 of 2194
What's the cheapest sound card one can get for
practicing the Black Gate switch? I basically
would want to practice this before I shell out
money for the best card & somehow manage to
break it.

I was thinking of getting the Auzen X-Mystique 7.1
Gold, so the opamps are easy to replace & then
switch the cap to a Black Gate.

Also, how do you short the other caps? I see it
explained but I don't know how to do this. I'm
pretty much completely new & without tools
but I am interested in tinkering with it...

And for the ERS paper, does it have a sticky
surface on one side, otherwise how does it
stay on the card?

Thanks,
Twitchy
post #280 of 2194
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Originally Posted by RichyRich View Post
lm4562 is a opamp,not sure if its just a typo by you though.
oh sorry for my mistake,i mean opamp.the thing is that i am looking for something comparable to lm4562 or even better.
post #281 of 2194
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Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
oh sorry for my mistake,i mean opamp.the thing is that i am looking for something comparable to lm4562 or even better.
How come you can't buy them online? I see the LM4562 MA & NA available
on digikey.com which are described & photographed on the national.com
website.
post #282 of 2194
This is a photo of the Auzentech Meridian. Could someone point out to me
which cap would need to be replaced with the Black Gate? I think it is the
cap that has 470 in the upper left of this photo. I found some info
on the web about cap removal & replacement, at least with motherboards.
It seems that you can pull them out with pliers (& a screw driver underneath
since the caps appear to be pressed on to the pcb). Once that's done I guess
it's just a matter of using the hot glue solution. Also, if anyone can point
out which caps to short, that would also help. Thanks!

post #283 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Twitchy_one View Post
This is a photo of the Auzentech Meridian. Could someone point out to me
which cap would need to be replaced with the Black Gate? I think it is the
cap that has 470 in the upper left of this photo. I found some info
on the web about cap removal & replacement, at least with motherboards.
It seems that you can pull them out with pliers (& a screw driver underneath
since the caps appear to be pressed on to the pcb). Once that's done I guess
it's just a matter of using the hot glue solution. Also, if anyone can point
out which caps to short, that would also help. Thanks!
not to rain on your parade, but I would really rather we keep this thread to the X-fi mods. Start a new thread in the DIY section with your questions.

and no, simply pulling caps off and then hot gluing new ones on will not do you any good. You need to desolder the old ones (even if you pull them off w/ pliers and do not break anything other then the cap you'll need to desolder the leads so you might as well attempt to get the cap off in one piece.) And then you'll need to clean off the contacts and solder the new cap in place.
post #284 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Twitchy_one View Post
How come you can't buy them online? I see the LM4562 MA & NA available
on digikey.com which are described & photographed on the national.com
website.
i tried to buy on these sites,made the payments and next day phonedme to tell me that thay want to chargeme 130 bucks for just shipping ,can you believe that?.
post #285 of 2194
Where are you? I might be able to send you one.
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