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You can get the capacitors at a radio shack, and the local car stereo shop will have some sound dampening material.

Again, I would rebuild the box first, it will cost very little "prob less than the dampening or caps" if you have access to some common wood tools.
Hi,
What and how would you suggest the box be rebuilt? I am no expert in building sub boxes. So I would need guidance.
Also, would Radio Shack carry the Nichicon Gold tune or just generic caps?
Thanks.
Edited by Bad_Dude - 6/30/08 at 11:27pm
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you don't have to use nichicon, but never use generic caps....
plenty of other options.
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Panasonic's FM series are usually easy to get a hold of and are a quality product.
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Hi,
What and how would you suggest the box be rebuilt? I am no expert in building sub boxes. So I would need guidance.
Also, would Radio Shack carry the Nichicon Gold tune or just generic caps?
Thanks.
I wouldn't say chane the box at first, but using some 3/4in MDF "about $18.00 a sheet" with some good bracing. Just try the same box with better and thicker wood. The z-5500 stock box prob.. took some time to design, but to save $$$$ they would downgrade the wood quality and thickness. Just make it stronger, and you may be supprised with the sq quality improvement. Most Studio monitors sound great because of the enclosure. A speaker is a very simple devce, it is pretty hard to make a horible sounding speaker. Pick up a book called "The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook".

As for changing the box, take a look at this site http://www.linearteam.dk/
these guys know what they are talking about and the help section is a wealth of knowledge. The offer free box design programs.
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A lot of people are talking about how replacing the onboard opamp will imrove the audio and how the bass is boomy, well you can kill two birds with one stone when you buy an excellent sound card. Put the Z5500s through a direct 6 channel passthrough, bypassing logitechs lesser opamp and using your soundcards op-amps. In this case it is the HT Omega Claro+ and this has been a good investment, actually the best investment from all of the computer parts I have bought building my rig. The bass is noticeably tighter with no boomieness that I had before on a creative audigy 2 zs. I am interested in the Cap mod and that is all I will do. But there is seriously no need to replace the onboard op-amp as it is indeed very risky and not worth it imhho.
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you don't have to use nichicon, but never use generic caps....
plenty of other options.
I found some Elna 10000uF 71V, will that work? I noticed you use 15000uF. Does it really matter the uF value?
Thanks.
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I found some Elna 10000uF 71V, will that work? I noticed you use 15000uF. Does it really matter the uF value?
Thanks.
yes you can use that, but elna tends to give out short bass. but try it first, who knows it suits you well.

@radiatedant
changing opamp is not that hard and risky...
but it is true that if you are new to soldering, probably it's better if you ask someone else to do it for you, someone specialized in this area.
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yes you can use that, but elna tends to give out short bass. but try it first, who knows it suits you well.

@radiatedant
changing opamp is not that hard and risky...
but it is true that if you are new to soldering, probably it's better if you ask someone else to do it for you, someone specialized in this area.
Hi,
Perhaps, you could help me buy the needed capacitors? I can paypal you for the costs. I would understand if don't want to.
What do you think of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Top-Grade-Japane...QQcmdZViewItem
And these
http://cgi.ebay.com/2PCS-10000UF-M-1...QQcmdZViewItem
Thanks.
Edited by Bad_Dude - 7/2/08 at 8:03pm
post #69 of 104
I did the hotrod oamps mod on my X-Fi and it sounds great. I believe the oamps swaps are only good if you use analog converting from sound card, otherwise using digital signal is useless. As for the Logitech Oamp mod, I would think the digital to analog sound is the reason for the mod.
Does any one knows how many Oamp chips are on the Z5500?
Thanks.

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Originally Posted by RadiatedAnt View Post
A lot of people are talking about how replacing the onboard opamp will imrove the audio and how the bass is boomy, well you can kill two birds with one stone when you buy an excellent sound card. Put the Z5500s through a direct 6 channel passthrough, bypassing logitechs lesser opamp and using your soundcards op-amps. In this case it is the HT Omega Claro+ and this has been a good investment, actually the best investment from all of the computer parts I have bought building my rig. The bass is noticeably tighter with no boomieness that I had before on a creative audigy 2 zs. I am interested in the Cap mod and that is all I will do. But there is seriously no need to replace the onboard op-amp as it is indeed very risky and not worth it imhho.
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I am going to open up the sub tomorrow. Is there a guide or some hints on how to open it easily?
What kind of insulation should I add if needed to the sub to make it sounds better?

Thanks.
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