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Reading that made my head hurt... Is the sound difference REALLY noticeable?

~B~
the stock power filtering cap is just way too small and crappy. You want something a bit larger to enhance the lower end and you want something with better filtering characteristics.

My recomendations:
1000uf 16v Panasonic FM or Blackgate Std series
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post #832 of 979
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power cap? I think stock is only 220uf if I remember correct. So you should be fine. The initial few suggested 2200uf, but that's just too big and actually messed up some peoples cards as there was such a huge difference. I've always recommended 1000uf.
Thanks for the quick reply. Can you give me a nice recommendation as to something I could find on eBay? I've got an LME49720 comin' from NS. Unfortunately I had to pay S&H but oh well. Aha.

Hopefully you can give a recommendation as to what would be best. Thanks.

Oh, on a side note can someone tell me how what a micro farad does? I understand the voltage part but I don't understand how the uf works. TIA!
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post #833 of 979
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitance

Panasonic FM caps are readily available at most online retailers such as Digikey

Blackgates are available at several boutique dealers such as partsconnexion.

I wouldn't recommend purchasing either from ebay.
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post #834 of 979
You mentioned that the X-Fi Fatal1ty is a good one, so does that include the new Titanium Fatal1ty Professional one?

Its a PCIe x1 card so does that impact performance at all?
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post #835 of 979
yeah stay away from ebay for boutique parts, you may end up with chinese knock offs, that suck and cost you an arm and a leg versus what they're really worth...
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Damn. Being in Canada causes me to get raped by customs fees. I'll need to go through eBay but I'll have to be smart about it. Buy from North America only.
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Damn. Being in Canada causes me to get raped by customs fees. I'll need to go through eBay but I'll have to be smart about it. Buy from North America only.
or you could be even smarter and look at the vendors I mentioned a few posts up.



*hint* one of them is located in Canada...
~they even carry ERS paper~


regarding the new x-fi's your guess is as good as mine. I haven't seen one in person, nor have I heard of anyone modding one. Ever since the Auzen Prelude was released the x-fi modding frenzy died down... just get the Auzen and be done with it. Still have a warranty and a better card than a cheap x-fi with mods. You can roll op-amps and add ERS paper if you like.
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yeah partsconnexion is located in ONtario, so customs fees and duties are non existant... thats where I get my blackgates and other boutique electronics, they're also having a sale on alot of stuff right now, check them out... just order more then $25 worth of stuff to avoid the minimum purchase fee...
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I'd love to try this, but as someone once said to me, I have the soldering skills of a squirrel!
    
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how hard is it to replace just the capacitors in the board? I'm under the impression that since they mount through the PCB, and solder in place on the back, that they must be fairly easy to work with.

I haven't soldered on PCB before but have some old cards on which to practice. Is recapping the board worth it? I'm mostly concerned about longevity and durability, but improving sound quality is always a plus too. Can anyone recommend a particular model of cap for recapping the board? Are several different caps required?

I have satisfied with the op-amps so far, and it seems like replacing those would be a lot harder. I might consider them down the road.
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