Originally Posted by SEMC
GS, what are tantalum caps? Also, how do these technologies compare to the external USB DAC's from Xitel?
tantalum caps are cheap caps that you will find in Portable CD Players and anything that needs a lot of crap to go into a small space. I mod my pcdp's and remove the tantalum caps because 10 to 1 they are in the signal path and degrade sound...horrible...
They are small and cheap - and they will, 99% surely, be in this Audigy card. Larger cards use proper electrolytic/film caps but there isnt space on this one so it could be a compromise on sound quality.
How many of you will be able to hear it is a different question
Also - what DAC are they using?