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post #286 of 2194
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Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
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?.
Holy c*ap..
When this mod thread started it cost like 9$ for 3 opamps including s&h.
At the time i ordered them it cost me 20$.

One week later it was like 60$.. now 130$
post #287 of 2194
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Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
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.
Thanks for the info.
post #288 of 2194
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Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
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?.
I guess they made a mistake on the original pricing. Bummer.
post #289 of 2194
The opamps?

http://www.national.com/pf/LM/LM4562.html#Availability

Got them a week ago, cost me 9$ and change.
post #290 of 2194
So, has anyone ordered any of those opamps in the past few days? Are they still asking for lots of money, or are the prices back down to normal?
post #291 of 2194
I ordered 3 not long ago and didn't have to pay anything... but then again I used my college addy and college email so they went through as educational.
post #292 of 2194
I am doing the blackgate cap. and opamps tonight, i'll post pictures later for the xfi elite pro.
post #293 of 2194
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Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
I ordered 3 not long ago and didn't have to pay anything... but then again I used my college addy and college email so they went through as educational.
That's smart, I hadn't thought of trying that. Let's see if it works for me.
post #294 of 2194
I just ordered another 3(MDIP for a amp)and it was just $10.04 to the UK.

Are you other people ticking the consumer box???maybe thats the problem.
post #295 of 2194
Cool, it worked. Got 1 sample for free using my school e-mail. Says I can only order 1 free sample per item per week, but that's all I need anyway. Thanks for the tip!
post #296 of 2194
np
post #297 of 2194
Ok so I did the opamps and the blackgate on my xfi elite pro.

First impressions (using seni 595's right into the xfi box) is that my bass went missing (im guessing I need to burn in these electronics or get an amp to drive my headphones), but mid's and highs are more define.

I am new to this whole audio scene but there is a difference from before the mod and after, a better sound.

Here are some after pictures:


The Blackgate:




Blackgate mounted: (had some trouble fitting the leads into the stock hole, trimmed the leads of the blackgate down with a dremel to fit).












First opamp: (I removed the stock ones with a pin-point heatgun(hot air to basically melt the pins right off the board), and soldered the new opamp into place by hand.)



The three I did:




Back connections soldered on the blackgate:



ERS paper locked in place with the PCI card slot plate: (make sure none of the edges are touching any electronics, I folded edges into themselves).




Second layer of ERS paper on the bottom:







Please critique, praise, question or comment!!! Thanks for all the help in this thread from everyone and all the advise on this board!
post #298 of 2194
Thread Starter 
Very nice, Nicker! I will post a link to your post onto my guide. Now about that missing bass... check to make sure that the Blackgate is soldered to both terminals and that all the connections are well-soldered, in case there is a loose connection somewhere. To me, there didn't seem a need for burn-in to get the bass. Burn-in did slightly change the sound, but bass was always there.
post #299 of 2194
Thanks cotdt, everything was done pretty well, but I will check the continuity from the base of the blackgate to a differnt lead on the board, and it should work if the connection is okay on the board.

It would not make a difference that I did only 3/4 opamp's, since I only use the 1 opamp for my headphones?
post #300 of 2194
hey guys,can someone send 4 of lm4562? i will pay you,please PM me.
thanks.
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