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Need advice : Asus Xonar Essence Vs Beresford 7520?

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cmsajith

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Need advice : Asus Xonar Essence Vs Beresford 7520? Which one is the best (SQ) for music and movies (leaving the usabiity feature of a separate dac)? Planning for 7520 (a group buy is active in this forum). If Asus is having better SQ, then i will go for that (i am already having an htpc). If there is a difference then please explain how much, is it marginally or significantly and in which area?
 

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if you already have an HTPC the Xonar makes more sense
ALso the Xonar specs are much better thn those of the beresford and i expect the Xonar to have better SQ

now "how much better SQ" well that depends on how good your amp and speakers are in showing it.
i expect for an entry level system the Xonar may only be marginally better

However moserw,venkat vortex etc ( and users od the 7510) will be in a better position to advice

In my case though i dont have an HTPC but my WDTV should arrive soon. and i already have a DVDP - hence since i have no immediate plan for the HTPC a beresford would make more sense ( at least i think)

since you already have an HTPC
get the Xonar card
 

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Although we need to switchon and wait to boot (Win7) for music is ok for me, but it may not be acceptable for other family members. So i thought of another hdd (80GB) for storing 128/320kbps mp3 files and divx movies and will be connected to my dvdp thru' usb. So I have 2 options:

- usb/dvdp/htpc >> 7520 (opamp mod) >> amp (may be norge 1000) / avr onkyo htr320 >> SpaceAudio TWR6 towers.
In this case i can use 7520 for htpc also.

- htpc >> xonar >> ... I would prefer this one only if there is a considerable improvement in SQ over 7520.

waiting for comments.
 

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