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post #886 of 2194
take off the op-amp and set your DMM for continuity test and see where that lead is supposed to connect to. It'll be one of the nearby components
post #887 of 2194
sorry, what is dmm?
post #888 of 2194
digital multi-meter
post #889 of 2194
thanx soloz. is it very hard to learn how to use dmm? i will probably have to get one of these sometime to try to fix this i guess.
post #890 of 2194
no, they're pretty easy. You can find a cheap one at Sears or harbor freight. It won't be able to do everything, but a basic one will get you started
post #891 of 2194
do i absolutely have to take opamp off to test? it was such a pain to orient that thing correctly i am hoping i could just test under the pin on opamp.
post #892 of 2194
Just as a reference a link to partsconnexion.com selling the cap: Here

Here I found an interesting explanation as to why the sound changes (possibly to the worse) when additional shielding:

"However, in some analog circuits, the presence of EMI/RFI was tuned into the frequency response of the device. ers can effect of the amplitude of the high frequency and/or the low frequency extremes resulting in a less than desirable balance."
post #893 of 2194
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Originally Posted by phalanger View Post
The opamps are not self destructive :P
LoL!

I swear I was drinking when I wrote that! (I really was!)

Thanks for the replies
post #894 of 2194
For those who have modded their X-Fi Elite Pro cards:

I got this picture off avs forums and am curious if anyone can verify it.




Also, the power caps by the output should theoretically be upgraded as well.

What is everyones thought on this?
post #895 of 2194
I thought the caps near the port were for the breakout box?

Hmm

I believe the other caps near the dacs are correct...Although I haven't modded past the main power cap- got lazy!

What are the reported results with say, a blackgate recap of those couple of caps near the dac?
post #896 of 2194
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Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
For those who have modded their X-Fi Elite Pro cards:

I got this picture off avs forums and am curious if anyone can verify it.




Also, the power caps by the output should theoretically be upgraded as well.

What is everyones thought on this?
I did that when I shorted the four caps and I got No Sound , I resolder the four shorted caps back to the card and the sound restored , so the picture in the link above is not applicable so I decide to not short any caps I' wont do any mod at after installing blackgate.
post #897 of 2194
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Originally Posted by GameBlaster View Post
I did that when I shorted the four caps and I got No Sound , I resolder the four shorted caps back to the card and the sound restored , so the picture in the link above is not applicable so I decide to not short any caps I' wont do any mod at after installing blackgate.
So the circled caps are not the standard coupling caps? alright.

Anyone else mod their Elite Pro?
post #898 of 2194
I just wanted to drop a line on the very, very pleasing results I have gotten from the AD8599 at line-in position. I feed turntable and tube-preamped guitars and microphones into it and the results by far surpass what I could get out of it before I replaced the line-in opamp. Very highly recommended for those plugging in any analog audio sources. Even though I expected an improvement I did not expect it to sound this good, especially since I did not replace any capacitors around it (still not sure which does what).

I have not tried the LM4562 or any other opamp in this position besides the one that it came with and the AD5899. So those may or may not yield similarly good results.
post #899 of 2194
well, it looks like my xfi is toast. had a friend come by who builds speakers to help be try to fix card and it seems too far gone. what is the cheapest xfi card that can be modified with good results. mine was the xfi music which is no longer in production. i saw some on ebay for $65 though. what are some other options? this time ill get my friend to do the soldering instead of trying to learn on the fly.
post #900 of 2194
Wait and buy a prelude and you won't need to do the mods and you get more features.
Then again you can mod the Prelude! I like modding card aswell making them better then they were with a little bit of time -It's great.
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