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post #811 of 2194
Got my opamps today, just wondering if it's possible to desolder the opamps without any other tools but the iron itself
post #812 of 2194
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Originally Posted by kite7 View Post
Got my opamps today, just wondering if it's possible to desolder the opamps without any other tools but the iron itself
It is possible. I simply bent a needle and pushed it underneath the pins of the oamps. Then I placed a little more solder on the pins and they wrapped of, nearly, by themselves....
post #813 of 2194
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guys if you want more bass,rich and with even more extention,you can try blackgate nx,elna silmic 2 for decoupling.
Do you mean as replacements for the coupling caps?
post #814 of 2194
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Originally Posted by phalanger View Post
You can order the opamps straight from National Semiconductor's site (samples-you may or may not have to pay s&h).
ya i i tried them and they refused to ship to Egypt
post #815 of 2194
terrorist! :P did you try with analog devices aswell? As others have mentioned some 3rd party retailers do carry the chip aswell, even though often a bit overpriced. Numerous sources for both capacitors and opamps have been mentioned throughout this thread. All it needs now is a little effort to find places that ship to your country of residence for a reasonable price.
I'm curious why National won't ship opamp samples to your country though.. But if they won't do it theres always Analog and Texas Instruments to try who both make great opamps aswell
post #816 of 2194
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Originally Posted by phalanger View Post
terrorist! :P did you try with analog devices aswell? As others have mentioned some 3rd party retailers do carry the chip aswell, even though often a bit overpriced. Numerous sources for both capacitors and opamps have been mentioned throughout this thread. All it needs now is a little effort to find places that ship to your country of residence for a reasonable price.
I'm curious why National won't ship opamp samples to your country though.. But if they won't do it theres always Analog and Texas Instruments to try who both make great opamps aswell
LOL

i did order 6 of AD8599ARZ from analog.com

and gonna search for a good enough cap here in Egypt next sunday

are those amp i got good enough or should i wait till i find a way for getting the LM ?
post #817 of 2194
I can't wait to hear mine today, got someone to do the mod for me since he's very high skilled in soldering and I don't want to screw mine up. Gotta wait until the evening to get it back
post #818 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Safrout View Post
LOL

i did order 6 of AD8599ARZ from analog.com

and gonna search for a good enough cap here in Egypt next sunday

are those amp i got good enough or should i wait till i find a way for getting the LM ?
The AD8599 is a great audio opamp just like the LM4562, I have tried them both and like the AD8599 atleast as much.
post #819 of 2194
i am going to try to put 2 pairs of blackgates nx for L canceling to see how its afects to the sound.
post #820 of 2194
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Originally Posted by phalanger View Post
The AD8599 is a great audio opamp just like the LM4562, I have tried them both and like the AD8599 atleast as much.
Thanks
post #821 of 2194
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i am going to try to put 2 pairs of blackgates nx for L canceling to see how its afects to the sound.
Just make sure you burn them in. the nonpolars can flip polarity as they burn in, becoming unstable.
post #822 of 2194
I just got my X-Fi back. The new opamps are incredible, so much better than the original opamps in every way and heck it hasn't even burned in yet



Do changing the opamp for the subwoofer make a big difference?
post #823 of 2194
anyone know which are the power supply Caps for the front channel opamp?
post #824 of 2194
Hi guys, new here.

Just tried doing the mod and came with a big problem.



Whilst removing the old opamp the 3rd copper rail came off with it!

Can I bridge a wire from the 3rd leg to the back of the board or somewhere else? I tried tracing the track on the back but couldn't find it.
Other then that great sound improvement, but no left channel
post #825 of 2194
Heh yours is nothing... I tried to do the mod for the opamp and SIX out of eight coper rails came off. I destroyed my card. Just an advice to anyone that wants to do the mod... The board is so fragile that can be VERY easily destroyed. Just a warning.
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