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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Upgrade to HiFi, 7 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Asus Xonar DS Internal Sound Card (PCI, EAX 5.0) (Accessory)
This is a very good card which installed easily.

ASUS have very kindly put the existing OpAmp - A NE5532P - on a socket.

For a cheap and easy upgrade that will greatly enhance the sound, Junk that cheapo chip (Worth about 50 pence) and invest around a fiver in a proper HiFi OpAmp - the LM4562NA - And be prepared to be blown away!

The detail promised by the original chip now has Warmth and Bass added, giving you an involving sound that you could listen to all day.

Get hold of some lossless audio files as well (FLAC etc) and Enjoy :-)

It's currently working in my desktop PC through a NAD3120 Amp and JBL Speakers.

The card will also go in a low-profile media PC, and I'm seriously thinking about forking out for another one for listening in the living room.
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2012 22:23:11 BDT
S McK says:
Just bought one of these cards. Would like to upgrade the opamp as suggested. Is it just a straight swap without any software reconfiguration?

Regards
James McKillop

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2012 07:40:56 BDT
Hi James - Yes, it's a straight swap of the socketed chip

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 23:40:45 GMT
Digital1 says:
You have to remove with solder iron that chip or it just comes off and you put the other one?
Please reply,this is important! Thanks a lot

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 12:52:10 GMT
The chip is a push-fit in a socket. Just pull it out and push the new one in - No soldering required - Mark.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 16:34:28 GMT
Digital1 says:
Ok,seems really easy then,thanks for the tip i will try it!

Posted on 28 Aug 2015 05:00:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2015 05:00:43 BDT
D. Longden says:
I had this card for about 5 years and did the Op-Amp upgrade 2 years ago. Honestly for me personally, didn't hear a difference at all. I now have a Xoanr D1 and it's heaps better. Listening to high quality flac music via foobar2000 with ASIO plugin and good headphones, wow.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2015 20:35:43 GMT
You're exactly right. Fitting a high-priced op-amp is a waste of time and money. Any "change" perceived by the audiophools is simply placebo effect - it's expensive, so it must sound better! The clown at the start of this thread claiming that an op-amp change would add "bass and warmth" to the sound is simply deluded. The frequency response of the circuit is entirely determined by the components around the op-amp, not the IC itself. The NE5532 is a fine device - widely used in professional audio mixers and other gear - and any failings that it possesses are far beyond the limits of human hearing!

There's no fool like an audiophool!
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