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how would I go about doing that?

I'm on their website but I don't see anything regarding getting free samples
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how would I go about doing that?

I'm on their website but I don't see anything regarding getting free samples
You'll probably have to email them telling them you're a college student looking to test these opamps for scientific reasons and lead them on throwing in comments like 'sexual favors' and whatnot.
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You'll probably have to email them telling them you're a college student looking to test these opamps for scientific reasons and lead them on throwing in comments like 'sexual favors' and whatnot.
I didn't even need to email them or anything, there's just a few drop down boxes asking what they'll be used for. And I used "mylastname"'s Design as company name.

Right on the bottom of page for that specific op-amp there is a tab that says samples and orders. You'll have to register on the site to get samples.
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So would you say its worthwhile to buy two LME49720NA's for my TiHD?

I bought two of these on EBAY for $11.00. PM me for the details.

These really made the bass tighter and brought the vocals in songs forward.
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thanks its really great i will wait for the result to determine my next SC

But i would like a small thing , why don't you just describe the build quality of each card

thanks again its very helpful
    
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thanks its really great i will wait for the result to determine my next SC

But i would like a small thing , why don't you just describe the build quality of each card

thanks again its very helpful
I could add that section. Overall, I would say both cards are extremely solid but the Titanium HD seems to have higher quality opamp sockets that hold the opamps in tighter. The capacitors are also solid and surface mounted on the TiHD while the STX employs electrolytic capacitors which tend to not last as long.

The Titanium HD also has a 5 year warranty versus the STX's three years.
Edited by RallyMaster - 5/25/11 at 12:05pm
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post #87 of 173
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I could add that section. Overall, I would say both cards are extremely solid but the Titanium HD seems to have higher quality opamp sockets that hold the opamps in tighter. The capacitors are also solid and surface mounted on the TiHD while the STX employs electrolytic capacitors which tend to not last as long.
hmmm......very good point

frankly in many reviews criticizing the build quality of the STX and as you said they wrote that it might affect the performance of the card after some time using it......(is it true)?

EDIT: one more question does the HD have an EMI shiled or its just for showing off (the transparent cover) and does the EMI shield help?
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damn, so I ran into a financial situation...and will have to hold off on my $12 op amps until 2 weeks...i can't wait to get them though...i've been waiting to unleash my Sennheiser PC360's!
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hmmm......very good point

frankly in many reviews criticizing the build quality of the STX and as you said they wrote that it might affect the performance of the card after some time using it......(is it true)?
In some cases with really crappy capacitors used in power supplies, there are tendencies for the capacitors to go out of spec and bulge but these capacitors, from what I've read, are classified as audio grade capacitors so I would assume they would last a few years at least.

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damn, so I ran into a financial situation...and will have to hold off on my $12 op amps until 2 weeks...i can't wait to get them though...i've been waiting to unleash my Sennheiser PC360's!
Can you get them for free from National Semiconductor? I was able to get five from National Semi, which was enough to replace opamps on both the STX and the Titanium HD.
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In some cases with really crappy capacitors used in power supplies, there are tendencies for the capacitors to go out of spec and bulge but these capacitors, from what I've read, are classified as audio grade capacitors so I would assume they would last a few years at least.



Can you get them for free from National Semiconductor? I was able to get five from National Semi, which was enough to replace opamps on both the STX and the Titanium HD.
Do you have a direct contact with Nat Semi? I wouldn't feel comfortable just asking them for op amps...I am not a student either
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