Originally Posted by aaronman
Technically, all sound is analogue anyway. It's not like speakers can be powered digitally. I use analogue sound pretty much exclusively. Mostly because I'm too cheap to buy a new amp that actually has digital sound and all my amps are from the 80's
technically you're only half right....
The music on a computer is stored digitally, Take CD's DVD's, mp3's and so on. They are all digital media, so you need a DAC or digital to analogue converter somewhere in the line before you can drive speakers because speakers are analogue. Now there are digital amps, that amplify the digital signal then convert it to analogue, but most amps are analogue which means the conversion to analogue needs to occur before the amp.
The question here is not if sound is analogue or not, but where the best place to have the conversion occur would be. There are 2 choices:
the sound card itself
Some people can hear the difference, others can't. I have not used the digital input to my 5500's yet, but I have a better sound card so what I could hear would skew the results and be different from what you would experience. Also because our ears are different all i could give is my opinion.
regardless, I suggest you try both and choose which you like better.