Years ago I owned a Mac and an Apogee Duet, which I output to the same studio monitors I have now (Yorkville YSM1P). Then I built a PC, and used my motherboard’s built-in audio for awhile. The monitors always sounded fine and balanced.
I just bought a UR44 so I could record microphones and instruments, and I plugged my monitors into the line outs of the UR44 (I tried 3-4 as well as 1-2). I am shocked by how bright my monitors sound on the Steinberg interface.
I have trouble trusting my ability to properly mix using the UR44’s output, because even professional mixes have so much energy in the high frequencies that it becomes fatiguing to listen for very long.
My Audio Technica ATH-M50s sound perfectly balanced through the headphone output on the UR44, at least. Why does the D->A conversion on the UR44 sound so much brighter than anything else I’ve output to my monitors? Is something wrong with my interface, or is this a more pure and “true” sound, and I’m used to the colored sound of poor converters?