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Maingear Shift Limited Edition Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 4:38 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Maingear

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In the hardware box that was tucked into the foam inside of the inner packaging contains what you see here and I threw in the audio cable I found in the bottom. There is some mounting hardware for the EPIC180 along with another bag that contains all the screw, risers and a pair of wire ties to get a build in this chassis done.

 

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I also got a personal binder for the chassis and inside there are a few pointers to making the chassis not only beautiful when finished, but also properly connected and set up.

 

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I'm not sure if all the instructions and guidance provided for those choosing to do-it-yourself with this chassis are all like this with color images and text, or if these were provided to me in a pre-release state. Either way the ones I got took me through the basics and made sure to explain how to hook up and run the EPIC Audio Engine.

 

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Screwed down to the 5.25 to 3.5" adapter is the Maingear EPIC Audio Engine. This device is meant to filter, enhance and improve on any sound device, whether a standalone audio card or onboard chips. The connections that need to be made to get this to work are the 4-pin floppy connection to power the unit and an IN and OUT for the audio before you attach it to the front I/O for improved sound quality through the headphones.

 

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I don't claim to be any sort of audiophile and to me this card is a jumble of resistors and caps that are designed to handle the power and signaling at this end of the unit.

 

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There are three of these, what I can only assume to be conditioning boards to clarify, accentuate and improve audio quality. I can also assume that the plugs just to the left of these cards are what deliver power to them and only two of the three are connected.

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