RME ADI-2 Pro FS Black Edition

High End USB AD / DA Converter & Headphone Amplifier

  • Limited special edition with black front panel without rack mounting option
  • Sample rates up to 768 kHz (PCM)
  • DSD playback and recording
  • Integrated sample rate converter
  • Safety concept and overload indicator for headphones
  • Balanced mode for headphones
  • Binaural cross-feed for convincing speaker simulation via headphones
  • Bass / Treble / Loudness function
  • Adjustable filters of AD and DA conversion
  • Hi-Performance DSP for error-free calculation of all audio data
  • 5-Band parametric EQ and low cut, separately adjustable for left and right channel
  • Level meter
  • Performance status and volume / gain display
  • 30-Band Analyzer in DIGICheck Technology
  • Channel Status Infoscreen
  • Phase, Base Width, Mono, M / S Processing
  • Sophisticated, discrete reference level switching via relay
  • All settings can be saved
  • FPGA based firmware, update via USB possible
  • Reduced self-jitter with SteadyClock FS, based on femtosecond quartz
  • AutoDark mode - switching off the illumination of the display, buttons and encoders (standby button remains visible)
  • Format: 9.5" / 1 HE
  • USB 2.0 (Class Compliant UAC 2.0 for iOS devices)
  • System requirement: From Windows 7, from Apple OSX 10.6
  • Includes manual, cable whip for AES / EBU and SPDIF coax and external lockable power supply

Connections:

  • 2x Analog in
  • 4x Analog Out (XLR and TS)
  • 2x Extreme Power headphone outputs
  • AES / EBU I / O XLR
  • SPDIF I / O coaxial
  • ADAT or SPDIF I / O optical

Further Information

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

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great sound and versatility
epgawt, 27.03.2019
Hi, I needed a decent DAC, (bluray Cambridge Audio CXU) and also a good ADC, so, it was a straightforward decision. I cannot speak yet regarding the ADC capabilities, I'll update later, but here it is the detail about the DAC, which turned out to be great.

I feed it through USB (Allo USBbridge with Volumio) and toslink for the CXU CDs. The XLR outputs are connected to an Emotiva XSP-1 preamp, whose amplification is done by an Emotiva XPA-5 Gen3. The speakers are a Dali Opticon 6.

From the beginning the clarity and detail of highs/mids was clearly noticed (by everyone at home). Re-listening the Eric Clapton Unplugged album was marvellous, the strings sounded bold and cristaline, you could see the fingers snapping them. The bass was fine as well, very controlled.

The sound was all perfect, but, there was still more. I've never done any EQ, and to be honest, was not much interested, but this has been an astounding discovery with the RME, now I can't think of having a DAC with no EQ possibilities, what a difference! Regarding the bass, i.e. I compared it with the Emotiva XSP-1 crossover, being the RME clear winner, you have infinite ways to tweak it. Also the mids/highs can be incredibly improved.

Of course this is personal, as this opinion is, obviously, but I really liked all that stuff, stuff that I was reluctant to use before. Now I can't think of getting a DAC without EQ.

Respect the headphone output, it is absolutely stunning, the "Loudness" management it provides makes a huge difference. The headphones are a B&W P7.

The only bad points would be, to say something, first, it does not offer a remote, although since I go through the XSP-1 not much problem here, and second, the documentation, despite of being huge, sometimes does not seem very well organized.

The configuration possibilities are amazing, still tweaking , learning and improving, what a great piece of gear! BTW, It swallowed everything I threw at it (up to DSD 128, I don't have higher rates).

I absolutely recommend it.

I'll be back when using the ADC, but first I need to upgrade the turntable.

Some words for the Thomann personnel : chapó! excellent service & attention, congratulations!

Thx!!
Best regards
Enrique
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Yes, I'm happy. Thanks for asking. But it could be a little better.
Adone, 01.05.2019
I use the RME ADI 2 Pro as my main AD/DA converter for mastering and monitor control from 2 months now and I take advantage of almost every feature it has. It has good features even if I would like some more that are missing in my opinion.

The big one (that I also read in some forums from unhappy customers) is the missing of Total Mix and the control, like the ARC of the UFX. Using the DAC part of the ADI-2 Pro as monitor controller and headphones amplifier it's something I would like they will implement. It would be very handy.

Another thing is the SRC. Very good sample rate conversion here but it's only effective on the AES or SPDIF incoming signal, not from the USB. Who wants to use it as USB device cannot use some of the impulse respond (like "Slow") because they needs oversampling (and I think "Slow" is the best one).

Another inconvenience I found is the heat dissipation. This box become very hot after 20 - 30 minutes of use.

The sound quality of the converters (in and out) is great and the look is very cool, in particular when you leave the spectrum analyzer as default page on the display. The menu is a little bit tricky but the manual explain it very well.

Anyway the best thing is the price. The quality of this device compete with some big and expensive mastering converters hands down in terms of quality.
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