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El_Capitan

Replaced my Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Op-Amps

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So, I bought a lot in bulk, so am selling some in my "for sale" thread in my sig link.

 

Anyways, some pics:

 

Look towards the left, that's where I removed the original op-amps.

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Close-up view:

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Close-up view with the LME49720NA op-amps installed:

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I've been comparing them on my main and secondary rigs (one with the replacements, and one with the originals) and there's really a noticeable difference. I'm really not an audiophile, but these op-amps are incredible. I've been up all night listening to music. :P

 

I don't see why Creative Labs just didn't upgrade the Titanium HD with these and call them Titanium HD+ or something. I should have bought more when Best Buy was selling them for like $70 a piece.

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Are there sockets for those Op Amps? Did you have to de-solder/solder anything?

There are 4 sockets that require no de-soldering/soldering. Two of them are single DIP LME49710's, which is what I replaced. The dual DIP NJM2411D's are pretty good, and shouldn't need to be upgraded. Creative made them customizable for the Titanium HD. I was able to pry them off with my fingers, but if you don't have strong fingers, just use a flathead and pry them loose.

 

http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=85621

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