Hey all! I managed to snag an Auzentech X-Fi Forte for the cost of shipping this week. Previous owner stated the card had a "hammering sound" when he used it. While I have not experienced it, I have noticed that the audio cuts out randomly for a split second (like input changing) quite often.
I have been doing some research and found that the electrolytic caps on these cards are suspects, but could it also be the opamp?
The previous owner sent the card into Auzentech and they RMA'd it for him, but the issue was not resolved, thus him selling it off as "non-working".
I'm considering replacing the caps with some Nichicon audio caps, and possibly an op-amp upgrade while I am playing around with it.
Also, any ideas if this would be an upgrade from the Auzentech X-Plosion DTS 7.1 I am currently using, or would it be more of a "side step", or a variant what I am already running with? No cash to get a nice ASUS Xonar or something more modern, just snagging older used hardware right now until I can afford to rebuild my system.
EDIT: Should I be looking at replacing the aluminum surface mount canister capacitors as well? Replacing the regular electrolytics will run me around $4.00 with some spares, including the surface mount canisters is about $16.00 with a spare or two of each. I haven't even bothered to calculate pricing with the tantalum surface mounts, the cost would be pointless to continue restoration of the card if those needed replaced too.