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Sorry if title is misleading,

I want to find a decent 2.1 (RCA?) set-up for my Asus STX!

I don't really have a budget set, I just value quality in things although I'm not rich (yet). I have been looking at Swan M10's (Think that's it High bang for buck, great reviews) and also wondered:

What about replacing the amps? (Correct part?) The card has advertised removable ones so I wanted to know more about this. Have some other people replaced their with great results? could only find a few threads and things about this...

I don't have soldering experience, does it mean you can just pop them out like a socket with a CPU in it? Also saw a pack of op amps for the STX on ncix @30$, are they worth the hassle? What about other easy upgrades for this?

Thanks for any Feedback and Discussion I'm in Canada if your posting buy links although I would like to see what out there!
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Sorry if title is misleading,

I want to find a decent 2.1 (RCA?) set-up for my Asus STX!

I don't really have a budget set, I just value quality in things although I'm not rich (yet). I have been looking at Swan M10's (Think that's it High bang for buck, great reviews) and also wondered:

What about replacing the amps? (Correct part?) The card has advertised removable ones so I wanted to know more about this. Have some other people replaced their with great results? could only find a few threads and things about this...

I don't have soldering experience, does it mean you can just pop them out like a socket with a CPU in it? Also saw a pack of op amps for the STX on ncix @30$, are they worth the hassle? What about other easy upgrades for this?

Thanks for any Feedback and Discussion I'm in Canada if your posting buy links although I would like to see what out there!

I use the M-Audio Bx5a Deluxe, sans sub-woofer as it is not needed these two ways are bi-amped (dual-mono) they go low, clean on top and great in the middle. I used to have M-Audio AV40 they are not as good as these.
    
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Those look great! Is there much difference between Deluxe edition and Regular would you say?

Mainly asking because its not showing Deluxe in Canada's Amazon site although Im sure I could hunt down a pair!
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Those look great! Is there much difference between Deluxe edition and Regular would you say?

Mainly asking because its not showing Deluxe in Canada's Amazon site although Im sure I could hunt down a pair!

Methinks the only difference is the Deluxe version offers balanced and unbalanced connections via XLR and 1/4" stereo jack connectors respectively.There may be other enhancements or difference I am just not sure.
    
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What about replacing the amps? (Correct part?) The card has advertised removable ones so I wanted to know more about this. Have some other people replaced their with great results? could only find a few threads and things about this...

I don't have soldering experience, does it mean you can just pop them out like a socket with a CPU in it? Also saw a pack of op amps for the STX on ncix @30$, are they worth the hassle? What about other easy upgrades for this?
The op amps are easy to replace, it is as simple as (carefully) popping them off and then the new ones back in. I don't know which op amps they sell at NCIX, but read this thread to find out what kind of sound you want to get and buy accordingly.

The op amps potentially change the sound signature of the card quite a bit, you can warm things up, add more treble, more highs, whatever you want, just need to find the right op amps. More info/better resource for this issue here:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/...essions-thread
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Thats what I need! Thanks blahblahblah

Great source, added to bookmarks even.

Still in market for speakers though, other opinions?
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Bump for New people, more speakers.

Pretty good for OPamps
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