Technology magazine AudioXpress gives their verdict on the RME ADI-2 Pro Headphone Amp & AD/DA Converter. Click here to read the full review.
Since its release last year, RME’s top of the range 2-channel converter has been regularly turning heads in both pro audio and HiFi circles. The brainchild of RME's head designer Matthias Carstens, RME have pulled out all the stops with the ADI-2 Pro, combining an extensive list of useful features with pristine sound quality and an extremely competitive price. Sound On Sound described it as delivering "similar technical performance to units costing significantly more, while offering greater flexibility" in their review, and HiFi magazine Headfonics remarked that "RME is the Switzerland of the audio world and the ADI-2 Pro is its showpiece pocketknife. This device has more functions than Japan’s idol group AKB48 has members."
The latest review comes from AudioXpress, the American website that specialises in the latest trends and technological developments in audio, acoustics and electronics. Reviewers Bennett Prescott and Stuart Yaniger have given an exhaustive analysis in their detailed 5-page review, including a series of critical bench tests.
"The AD half of this unit does not let down the superb performance
of the DA and headphone amps. All in all, the
bench test performance of the ADI-2 Pro is flawless."
Describing how the ADI-2 Pro faired in these aspects, AudioXpress found the ADI-2 Pro's inputs to be "textbook clean, an outstanding result. I ran this test two ways, using an AES input and using the analog inputs to exercise the AD converters. The results look identical, so the AD half of this unit does not let down the superb performance of the DA and headphone amps. All in all, the bench test performance of the ADI-2 Pro is flawless. The sound can be tailored using the filter options or equalization if a departure from neutrality is desired."
The review concludes with a comment on the versatile appeal of the ADI-2 Pro, stating that “It’s very hard to find a piece of gear that appeals to studio purists, audiophiles, pro audio engineers, and measurement experts. The RME ADI-2 Pro may have enough horsepower to make everyone happy. It can drive any headphone at any conceivable volume, convert analog sources to digital with zero compromise, output any digital source to multiple formats at multiple clock rates, and even equalize headphones to match monitors and monitors to correct for room modes. If you want one box to put on your desk or take with you on tour that does it all, I suggest you take a close look at this great converter from RME.”
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