Originally Posted by Aof
Mh, good point. Perhaps is not a good idea to use the digital inputs.
If you are using the digital inputs and suddenly your computer gets cyberdemon possessed and decides to send a 0dBFS signal (usually white noise related) to your monitors, it's game over for your ears and your monitors (perhaps your cat too).
And is not unusual for this to happen. Even the most stable of systems gets some crash or a glitch here and there. Hell, I remember reading here that the lexicon reverb plugins had a bug that sometimes sent a blast of white noise.
But again, if you use the analog inputs on the DSM monitors, then you will be going through THREE CONVERSIONS on the way from your DAW to your ears. First the DA from your interface, then the AD in the DSM speakers, and then their DA. You can avoid two of those three conversions by using the digital inputs. For me, I would never consider using the DSM speakers with the analog inputs, which is probably a factor in why they are being discontinued.