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This mod is no longer recommended and not supported by members of OCN. Perform at your own risk


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post #972 of 979
i need an advice . i would like to get an AD8066 opamp to use it in my X-FI PRELUDE . i'm doing right ? or i will damage the sound card .
i don't know about opamp's voltages .
post #973 of 979
This mod is no longer recommended and not supported by members of OCN. Perform at your own risk

Mostly because there are better and cheaper cards out now. Buy a good card and save your $, time and card. You don't need to do all this work.
 
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The mod is no longer supported simply as you need to be fairly knowledgable and profecient with a soldering iron to perform the mod. That paired with the ease of purchasing a better card for around the same price as selling your x-fi plus what you would spend for parts makes it a no brainer to upgrade to a better base card

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The mod is no longer supported simply as you need to be fairly knowledgable and profecient with a soldering iron to perform the mod. That paired with the ease of purchasing a better card for around the same price as selling your x-fi plus what you would spend for parts makes it a no brainer to upgrade to a better base card
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post #977 of 979
too bad, cause i'm enjoying my Xfi Mod, it looks ugly with all big capacitor all over the board, but now i can sleep soundly knowing my Xfi won't fail over a very long long time...
@bravo 5.
AD8066 is a good mod, but there are a bunch of amps which have a superior spec than ad8066, such as OPA2211, i think this opamp on par with X fi prelude capable off...
I don't say AD8066 is a bad op amp, cause i personally tested AD8066 on my xfi xtreme music, biggrin.gifthumb.gif . But AD8066 is actually for video purpose and a very fast opamp, meaning requires precision assembly.
Mine is SMD type ad8066 soldered directly to Xfi PCB , using hot air soldering
post #978 of 979
I just did this mod on a $20 xtreme music, about $20 in parts and sounds better than any other sound card I've owned.
That's not saying much, but it sounds awesome through my old $60 Philips surround that was a wal-mart display model biggrin.gif. It definitely became more clear/crisp and lost a lot of the muddiness as stated it would.
I had never soldered on a pcb in my life before this mod and learned it's a terrible pain if you accidentally order the larger op amp.
Just used a $15 radio shack soldering iron that I ground the tip down on (to make it smaller) and some fine real lead solder.
One more thing as everyone states getting the solder out of the holes where the cap goes takes forever even with solder wick, I ended up poking a needle through it to finish cleaning it out.

I just did it cause it was a cool project though smile.gif
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post #979 of 979
Old thread I know, but for those still interested.

I upgraded my headphones from HD201 to HD598. After some listening and getting used to the new sound, something was not right about the sound coming out of my computer. The bass was muddy and unbalanced, and some sounds had this electronic sound to them. I decided to mod my old X-fi, and I'm glad I did. Less than $20 in parts and the sound is so much better. No more muddy bass, and that electronic sound is completely gone. I wouldn't call it exactly what I want, but the sound is so much better I have no complaints.

I didn't upgrade the clock, mainly because I couldn't find one under $30 at the time. There's a few on Ebay that are going for less than $20 so I might try to grab a few. I needed some capacitors for other projects, so I figured I'd buy in bulk and save a little on the total cost.

I just followed Almi's X-Fi Mod over at head-fi, since that was one of the few guides I found at that time. Didn't find any major complaints on the Silmic II caps, so I just went with them. Used an Elna Tonerex 100uf 50V for opamps. I only replaced one opamp since I only use headphones, went with the OPA1602AID. I used some cheap MKT type caps on the back. Wasn't sure if they would effect anything, but figured I'd try them. If I didn't like it, I can easily remove them.

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