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post #376 of 2194
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Originally Posted by BlizzofOZ View Post
Not to be rude, but please re-read my question...

I'm looking for these components to be orderable online. I could be mistaken, but Part Connecxion and Percy Audio look to be a mail order.


Cotdt, could you direct me to a part number of the Elna's? I'm a newb and wouldn't want to order the wrong part. I don't see any product called Silmic.

Thanks!
both Partsconnexion and Percyaudio both take orders via email with their full catalogs online. You can mail in payment if you like, but they both accept online payment
post #377 of 2194
Thanks Soloz2, good to know.
post #378 of 2194
I just put in an order at National Semiconductor for 3 samples on the LM4562 amp... nowhere did it show totaly price or shipping cost. Recieved a verification email, which I accepted. Message was displayed stating that it would at most 24 hours for review. Then recieved an email stating order will be shipped.

Will I be charged? When?

I hear others being charged something like $11, but I don't see that for me.
post #379 of 2194
I just ordered three LM4562 and three "604-1059-ND CAP 1000UF 25V ELECT AUDIO RAD" from Digikey to Finland. Price was a little bit higher than ordering only samples from National Semiconductor but it saves me the trouble to hunt down the appropriate capacitor from Finland's stores which didn't seem to have anything good in their lists.
post #380 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Seba View Post
I just ordered three LM4562 and three "604-1059-ND CAP 1000UF 25V ELECT AUDIO RAD" from Digikey to Finland.
Seba... sorry, I'll fix my post. I meant that I ordered samples from National Semiconductor.
post #381 of 2194
I ordered one of the FK Polarized and one of the NX Non-Polarized caps from Percy. I am not sure what the sonic differences will be.

Anyone have a reccomendation as to which one might be "better" ?
post #382 of 2194
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Originally Posted by BlizzofOZ View Post
I just put in an order at National Semiconductor for 3 samples on the LM4562 amp... nowhere did it show totaly price or shipping cost. Recieved a verification email, which I accepted. Message was displayed stating that it would at most 24 hours for review. Then recieved an email stating order will be shipped.

Will I be charged? When?

I hear others being charged something like $11, but I don't see that for me.
You might be the lucky one to get samples free of charge.
post #383 of 2194

XFi mod completed!

I just got done soldering on the Blackgate nonpolar 1000uF 25v, and shorting the caps near the main opamp. This completes my XFi mod since i don't plan on doing the shielding paper thingy.
The Blackgate will take a while to burn in so i cant really comment on its sound yet, I'll post an update when it seems to be settled in a bit.

Again many many thanks to cotdt for both his initial post as well as the excellent support to the questions me and others had/have about it. You rule.

Heres a pic of the new capacitor on the board:



And the shorting of the opamp capacitors:


Yes that is copperwick you see.. I hope that doesn't violate some ethical code i couldnt get the tin to bridge the connections by itself and got impatient, then saw the wick and figured why not..

Re: M3NTAL: the people at the audiophile store i got my cap say the nonpolar ones are superior in every aspect over the polar ones, and swear by them.
post #384 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Seba View Post
You might be the lucky one to get samples free of charge.
I didn't hear that... free samples AND free shipping?!?

I don't have that kind of luck...
post #385 of 2194
I read that Black Gate capacitors are no longer being produced..

http://www.hificollective.co.uk/comp...ouncement.html

Better get yours while you still can..
post #386 of 2194
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Originally Posted by phalanger View Post
I read that Black Gate capacitors are no longer being produced..

http://www.hificollective.co.uk/comp...ouncement.html

Better get yours while you still can..

rofl
post #387 of 2194
Not sure what it is that makes you rofl but if its the fact that its been rumored since years now then I can say i just pasted a link that was in English, since i heard it from the largest blackgate retailer in the netherlands, who posted the news of the definite stop of production today.
http://www.degroefaudio.nl/dg_nieuws.php?vNr=63
post #388 of 2194
So can you guys who have done the Cap replacement mod tell me what you guys hear now that you installed the better quality cap?
post #389 of 2194
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Originally Posted by ROBSCIX View Post
So can you guys who have done the Cap replacement mod tell me what you guys hear now that you installed the better quality cap?
i am still waiting for my blackgate,but i have modedd my card with sanyo wg 16v 470uF to satisfy your curiosity.
to describe i have to say that the bass is wide,clean,immersive and deep.
i have been wathing some movies and must say that the bass is rich and more enjoyble ,sometimes i feel that the bass is comming from everywhere,its like saying bass with more soundstage or perception.
sorry guys but i cant any other way to describe the impovement.
i hope that the card will sound even better with blackgate.
post #390 of 2194
Black gate caps going out of production is ROFL because the boy has cried wolf too many times. The big distributors said it last time too... and the time before that... and before that.
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