I've read the reviews about this card and I've read many threads in the forum but one thing is still not clear to me related to the analogue out.
I'm planning my HTPC build that will store my DVD/Blue Ray collection. I'm also building a set of speakers that will be fully active using the miniDSP boards for crossover. The output from the miniDSP will go to my amplifiers. I was planning to feed the miniDSP boards with the 7.1 channels from the HTPC.
Normally Asus and others recommend the Xonar HDAV 1.3 delux for HT and Blue Ray. But the Essence ST plus the H6 board have better specs. I only want to use Xonar Essence ST 7.1 RCA outputs to feed the miniDSP boards and not a receiver via HDMI or optical. Is this feasible or do I still need to go with the Xonar HDAV 1.3? If so is the difference between the two cards really that noticeable?
My primary use is going to be DVD/Blue ray plus games via the HTPC. I will not have any other sources at this point.
Thanks to clarify.