RME ADI-2 DAC

High-end DA converter & headphone amplifier

  • Sample rates: 44.1 kHz up to 768 kHz
  • Playback of DSD and Direct DSD
  • SteadyClock FS
  • LCD display with AutoDark function for lighting
  • Desktop Case
  • Dimensions: 215 x 52 x 150 mm
  • Weight: 1.0 kg
  • Includes remote control, USB cable and power supply

Connections:

  • S / PDIF input coaxial
  • ADAT / S / PDIF input optically
  • 2 Line outputs RCA unbalanced (stereo L / R)
  • 2 Line outputs XLR balanced (stereo L / R)
  • Stereo headphone output 6.3 mm jack
  • Low noise IEM output 3.5mm mini jack
  • USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 compatible)

Further Information

Amount Of Channels 2
AD Conversion No
DA Conversion Yes
Max. Resolution 32 bit
Max. sampling rate 768 kHz
S/PDIF Connecor Yes
AES/EBU Connector No
ADAT Yes
Word clock No
Number of analog inputs 0
Number of Analog Outputs 4
Headphone connection Yes

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The best new, affordable high-end DAC for Pros and Consumers.
Artemis *Seven*, 21.04.2018
Initially I intended to purchase a 2nd interface for my secondary location, where I mostly just relax and do a little bit of work on the side. However, upon finding out that my favorite audio interface brand released something in between a pro and consumer DAC product it immediately caught my attention.

Having owned the RME UFX interface for a while now, I knew what I was getting - a very well made, very high quality and easy to use product. And I wasn't disappointed. I only had to wait a while for delivery as it's constantly getting sold out of stock - something of a testiment to the product's value.

For the pros:
- sound (obviously) is absolutely high-end and crystal clear (monitors)
- heapdhone amp, which after having owned multiple REALLY high end amplifiers I can honestly say I'm surprised by.... it gave a "new life" to my DT 770's PRO which I thought I knew in and out
- something as silly as a full "dark out" function for a total lack of emitted light (for those late night listens) but very important to quite a few people
- classic RME menu's and no-nonsense unit design, so RME users will feel right at home
- the ability to interface with other RME products through the support of ADAT protocol over it's TOSLINK input (unlike other DACs with SPDIF only)
- user manual is detailed, with reference photos to help
- PRICE (no, seriously) - having the technical specs and features typically associated with products at twice the price point

For the cons:
- not necessarily a con, however I don't imagine many people using IEMs for stationary listening, so I'd rather have another one of those incredible headphone amps instead of the IEM one to share my sound experience with another person at the same time
- digital encoders - some people may think they are low quality, because they are stepped ("clicky"), and would rather have smooth, stepless ones, but RME provides a very valid technical reason for the use of those going into their decision making and technical arguments extensively in the user manual
- technically, visually and otherwise operationally - I can't think of any (apart from the ones I had to come up with above to fill the con section with something)

I would whole-heartedly recommend this product to any consumer or professional in the world. RME outdid themselves again.
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Transparency on another level
Denio, 15.05.2019
I had high expectations with this DAC and suprisingly it exceeded all of them. The setup is a bit finicky and I needed some time to understand the menu/sub-menu aspect and why I did not find some settings initially. The most important feature for me is the independently adjustable EQ. Hello room correction, goodbye CPU hungry apps!

I am extremely pleased with the sound quality, the soundstage improved quite a lot, not to mention the depth and realism I get.. it's like buying a new set of speakers in a much higher category. I enjoy the fact that the power supply and every part of the power stage is done in a way that it does not need fancy stuff before the DAC to "filter" noise out. There is NO noise whatever you put before this. I would expect this in 2019 but still, too many products out there are not on par with the ADI-2 from the engineering aspect. I haven't tested the headphone preamps yet but I will need the IEM part and I suppose those have no problems either. I highly suggest you get this DAC if you don't need it for recording. This is great for extremely high-quality hi-fi listening or mixing/mastering. I am pretty sure I won't upgrade this part of my system for a looooong time.
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