Resolution Magazine reviews the RME ADI-2 DAC.
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Resolution is the latest magazine to review the ADI-2 DAC, the sleek and powerful 2-channel headphone amplifier and USB-DAC from RME. Building on the success of the award-winning RME ADI-2 Pro, the ADI-2 DAC is a digital to analogue converter of the highest calibre, a perfect addition to high-end HiFi setups and offering audio professionals a lower-cost alternative to the ADI-2 Pro.
In his review for Resolution, Nigel Jopson continues the trend of magazine reviewers who’ve been highly impressed by RME’s flagship converter. “My ‘benchmark’ DAC — which I spent some time auditioning different units to choose — was revealed as completely wanting by the RME!” Nigel writes. “The sound quality of the ADI-2 DAC FS is superb. Even to my ‘industry veteran’ ears, and even at 44.1kHz 16 bit, the difference was obvious when compared to the other four DACs I had available. This is not just a DAC that’s ‘worth a try’ — if you’re looking for a benchmark two-channel with comprehensive monitoring controls — you have to audition this.”
“The sound quality of the ADI-2 DAC FS is superb.”
Boasting a feature set that will excite both HiFi enthusiasts and audio professionals, the ADI-2 DAC is a true reference-class converter with an incredible level of flexibility. All outputs can be adjusted to suit any pair of headphones or speakers via the independent 5-band parametric EQs found on each channel. Each outputs EQ settings can then be saved to one of the ADI-2 DAC’s onboard memory slots for easy recall.
You’ll also find bass and treble switches along with a ‘Loud’ mode – legacy features with a nod to traditional HiFi setups. These are also user-adjustable, so you’ll be able to quickly add the perfect amount of bass boost to a dance track, or instantly dial up the treble on an old jazz record.
Other unique features include the automatic recognition of headphone impedance, ensuring you’ll always have enough volume regardless of your choice of cans, along with automatic volume reduction to prevent against accidental damage to your headphones (or ears!). RME even added a unique feature called ‘AutoDark’, for switching off all lights on the device when you want to enjoy music in total darkness.
Then there’s the more advanced features like adjustable crossfeed; a choice of 5 different anti-aliasing filters; plus DSD playback and sample rates up to 768 kHz. The ADI-2 DAC is also class compliant / plug ‘n’ play with Windows, Mac and iOS devices.
“if you’re looking for a benchmark two-channel
with comprehensive monitoring controls — you have to audition this.”
A first for an RME device, the ADI-2 DAC also features a remote control, which can be customised to provide quick control over your most commonly used features. Along with volume, input selection and power on/off, the remote features four user-definable buttons, with a total of 21 different parameters available for customising the remote to your liking.
Since its release, the RME ADI-2 DAC has received strong praise from both magazines and users, with Sound On Sound writing that they’re “very impressed with all that it can do, and the ease and quality with which it does it!”, and Headfonics going as far as to say they “can’t think of any other desktop DAC/amp combo that would be easier to recommend in 2018.”
The RME ADI-2 DAC also comes in AD/DA variant called the RME ADI-2 Pro FS. Featuring many of the same great features found on the ADI-2 DAC, the ADI-2 Pro is aimed more at audio professionals for use as part of a high-end monitoring and recording setup, offering crystal-clear analogue recording capabilities to match the class-leading playback.
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