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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
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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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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