Hey everyone, this is my introductory post, so why not make it a banal one and ask about something that's been discussed ad nauseam.
Basically, I'm using an Audioengine D1 with my mid-2011 iMac and am experiencing an unusual phenomenon when using different inputs. Whenever I use the usb input from the iMac, the audio sounds fine. It's "warm," detailed, and clear. I get a sense of depth and three-dimensionality with audio tracks, movies, etc.
However, when I switch to the optical input via toslink cable, the audio sounds rubbery, rounded off at the corners. Not just a digital plainness, but also a sort of suppression of dynamic range. Everything sounds more compressed and less sparkly.
Given that both inputs are digital, and should be virtually identical, am I experiencing something like jitter with the toslink input?
If it helps any, I'm using a Monoprice toslink cable for the optical input. Is this jitter, a low-quality cable, or something like that? I appreciate any help. Thanks!