Yea I wouldn't have believed the end results came from this mod (+ upgraded opamps for my exact sound) if I hadn't done it myself. I was expecting less out of the DC cap mod and more from the opamps and that ended up being in reverse.
Germanium's Sound blaster ZXR mod thread - Page 6
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Hi Germanium and all I've been following this thread for a month
What captured my interest is that I'm currently building a ES9018 DAC with 992Enh opamps from Sonic Imagery Labs to replace my ZxR
Before I finish the DAC project I have swapped the opamps and already made a huge improvements
I will make this mod to see if can further the quality of it
Got a plan to make the whole thing neat and tidy
Will share once I got it done
I found another good supplier for high quality capacitors and these boys carry lots of brands from Sprague to NOS.
Some of those are insanely expensive, so just keep looking until you find one around the price or below my ERSE PulseX ($4.50), but some are over $55 a cap..
Edited by NCSUZoSo - 6/20/14 at 1:12am
I wanted to mention this in case someone hits the wrong brand. The capacitors range from $3 each all the way up to above $500 so don't think they are all that high, but I would go with ERSE due to the price and the fast/cheap shipping. You can get my ERSE PulseX capacitors for like $4-$5 each.
Edited by NCSUZoSo - 6/21/14 at 8:18pm
I updated my photo on the original post to include all the necessary mods. Will post a new picture of the completed mod later as to be honest I'm enjoying it too much to pull it out to take pictures of it but will next weekend.
Managed to get the mod done last night and after enjoyed to some music I would like to share the mod
But since I can't upload the pics here as a new comer I will link the pics I posted on other forum instead
Neat job especially with the bread boarding the caps though like NCSUZoso mentioned it would never fit in my situation. Is there any significant difference I.E. improvement in sound compared to using the discrete opamps themselves?
The opamps alone already improved a lot and the cap mod really brings it to another level
Transparent mids, cut through but not over done highs is guaranteed
I could say if the opamps mod scored 65/100, it well worth a 75 plus the cap mod
oh I'm past the opamp stage or I wouldn't have done this mod (check my sig for details):
Now lets go to a different subject, Creative's Stereo Direct says it does this:
You lose SBX Pro, DTS Connect, DDL and for some reason the Equalizer?? You have to stop any audio source from playing and close it or you will freeze the PC. What I want to know is what exactly is this doing? You can't change the volume through windows, it has to be done on your output (receiver/powered speakers/etc.).
Edited by NCSUZoSo - 6/24/14 at 11:53am