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post #11 of 20
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Any opinions on headsets besides those given?
post #12 of 20
Is it just for FPS gaming or both music and gaming?
post #13 of 20
OP what onboard are you using? That any sound card is better than any onboard chipset is a myth.
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post #14 of 20
Search high, search low, try beating this combo. Pound for pound it told me that it's the boss:

http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_Xense/
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post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown View Post
The Titanium HD is one of the best consumer sound cards I have ever used. I like the Essence ST/STX and HTOmega Claro XT just as well, but they use C-Media chipsets.

All three cards sound absolutely amazing. People that do not like the Titanium HD for music should simply swap out two of the OpAmps for a pair of National LME49720NA's. $20 later and that sound card is my personal favorite in music, movies AND games.

I am currently saving up to get the Titanium HD for gaming and would be interested in swapping our the OpAmps. Is this a hard task? I can solder pretty well (im assuming they need to be soldered) but it still makes me a little nervous because I dont want to risk damaging the board.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by liljoejoe54 View Post
I am currently saving up to get the Titanium HD for gaming and would be interested in swapping our the OpAmps. Is this a hard task? I can solder pretty well (im assuming they need to be soldered) but it still makes me a little nervous because I dont want to risk damaging the board.
I'm interested in how hard / skill-intensive this task is too.
post #17 of 20
The style of OpAmp you are changing has eight pins or "teeth." You need to apply even pressure as you remove the OpAmp or you will bend these and they are very soft and hard to put back in their natural place. 6 or the 8 may look perfect, but the other two will be slightly crooked and when you force them into place they bend even more.

I used a PLCC extraction tool I bought at Radio Shack because it gives a four way grip on the OpAmp. I pull straight up and it removes it no problem.

Some people use a flat head, small screw driver. They pry one half of the OpAmp up and then the other, and back and forth. But again, you may stretch the pins.
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown View Post
The style of OpAmp you are changing has eight pins or "teeth." You need to apply even pressure as you remove the OpAmp or you will bend these and they are very soft and hard to put back in their natural place. 6 or the 8 may look perfect, but the other two will be slightly crooked and when you force them into place they bend even more.

I used a PLCC extraction tool I bought at Radio Shack because it gives a four way grip on the OpAmp. I pull straight up and it removes it no problem.

Some people use a flat head, small screw driver. They pry one half of the OpAmp up and then the other, and back and forth. But again, you may stretch the pins.
So it sounds like the best way would be to use a PLCC extraction tool to take them out and then simply hand-fitting the new opamps in? No soldering required?
post #19 of 20
Yep. Putting them in is very easy. The Titanium HD has a more forgiving socket than Auzentech's X-Meridian 2G. So, if you bend them slightly, it bends them back easily for you. The Meridian 2G just has eight holes that you have to line up just right.

Here is a picture with the X-Meridian at the left and the Titanium HD at the right.



Cheers
post #20 of 20
Thats awesome, so they are pretty much "plug and play". I wouldof bet that they needed to be soldered in place. I think ill order them before I get the card since they are so cheap. Thanks for the info.
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