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RME ADI-2 DAC Authorised UK Dealers

RME ADI-2 DAC FS - 5 Year Warranty - Synthax Audio UK

 

Order your RME ADI-2 Series from one of our authorised UK dealers:

 

Absolute Music - Logo Gear4Music - Logo Juno Records - Logo Nord Acoustics - Logo
PuritéAudio - Logo Scan Computing - Logo SXPro - Logo Touchstone 2c - Logo

 

Get a 5 year warranty on all RME Audio devices (exclusive to UK Dealers)

Since its inception in 1996, RME Audio has been supplying high-quality audio products to professional recording environments, including studios, live audio, broadcast and research facilities.

The company’s technically accomplished, no-fuss approach has found favour with professional engineers the world over, with RME devices in use day in, day out for years at a time without issue. In fact, one of the terms that we hear repeatedly to describe RME devices is “rock-solid reliability”.

For that reason, here at Synthax Audio UK we’re happy to offer a 5 year warranty on all RME devices, such is our confidence in their quality. This includes the ADI-2 FS, ADI-2 DAC FS and ADI-2 Pro FS R, RME’s series of high-end USB-DACs and headphone amplifiers, and the company’s first foray into the world of HiFi.

 

RME ADI-2 FS


High-End, 2-Channel
AD/DA Converter


✓ Reference-Class AD and DA Conversion
✓ High Power² Headphone Output
✓ Digital I/O (AES / SPDIF / ADAT)
✓ Sample rates up to 192 kHz
✓ SteadyClock FS


RME ADI-2 DAC FS


Reference-Class USB-DAC
& Headphone Amplifier


✓ Reference-Class DA Conversion
✓ “Extreme Power” Headphone Output
✓ Digital I/O (AES / SPDIF / ADAT)
✓ Sample rates up to 768 kHz
✓ SteadyClock FS
✓ High-resolution IPS display
✓ On-Board DSP Processing
✓ USB 2.0 Class Compliant
✓ Remote Control
✓ “Super Low Noise” IEM Output


RME ADI-2 PRO FS R


High-End, 2-Channel AD/DA Converter
(With Remote Control & DSP)


✓ Reference-Class AD and DA Conversion
✓ “Extreme Power” Headphone Output
✓ Digital I/O (AES / SPDIF / ADAT)
✓ Sample rates up to 768 kHz
✓ SteadyClock FS
✓ High-resolution IPS display
✓ On-Board DSP Processing
✓ USB 2.0 Class Compliant
✓ Remote Control
✓ PCM/DSD Recording


RME ADI-2 Series Reviews

SOS-Logo

“I am very impressed with all that it can do, and the ease and quality with which it does it…
…A genuinely high-end performance standard”

Sound On Sound
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T15:31:02+01:00

Sound On Sound
(Click here to read the full review)

SOS-Logo
“I am very impressed with all that it can do, and the ease and quality with which it does it… …A genuinely high-end performance standard”
Resolution-Logo

The sound quality of the ADI-2 DAC FS is superb…
…you have to audition this!”

Resolution Magazine
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:04:41+01:00

Resolution Magazine
(Click here to read the full review)

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“The sound quality of the ADI-2 DAC FS is superb… …you have to audition this!”

“I can’t think of any other desktop DAC/amp combo that would be easier to recommend…
…The ADI-2 DAC is technically marvellous, regardless of whether you want to dive into the long feature list or not.”

Headfonics
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:44:27+01:00

Headfonics
(Click here to read the full review)

“I can’t think of any other desktop DAC/amp combo that would be easier to recommend… …The ADI-2 DAC is technically marvellous, regardless of whether you want to dive into the long feature list or not.”

You can really ‘hear into a mix’, easily differentiating electronic reverb tails
from natural acoustic reverberant spaces.”


HiFi+ Magazine
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:45:45+01:00

HiFi+ Magazine
(Click here to read the full review)

“You can really ‘hear into a mix’, easily differentiating electronic reverb tails from natural acoustic reverberant spaces.”


The ADI-2 DAC is one of the best-sounding pieces of audio equipment we’ve ever heard.
Not just one of the best DACs; one of the best anything, period.”


The Master Switch
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:46:58+01:00

The Master Switch
(Click here to read the full review)

“The ADI-2 DAC is one of the best-sounding pieces of audio equipment we’ve ever heard. Not just one of the best DACs; one of the best anything, period.”


Given it was better than my £1K references (already the best sub-£1K DACs I had heard)
and it could be preferred to another twice as expensive,
then I have to say it is very good value for money…”


HiFi Wigwam
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:47:59+01:00

HiFi Wigwam
(Click here to read the full review)

“Given it was better than my £1K references (already the best sub-£1K DACs I had heard) and it could be preferred to another twice as expensive, then I have to say it is very good value for money…”


“The ADI-2 Pro FS really does pack a punch with a host of really useful features and benefits.
So far I have only scratched the surface of what it can really do…”

Pro Tools Expert
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:49:27+01:00

Pro Tools Expert
(Click here to read the full review)

“The ADI-2 Pro FS really does pack a punch with a host of really useful features and benefits. So far I have only scratched the surface of what it can really do…”

"This is a game changer, even for pure music listening!"

Headfonics
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:50:39+01:00

Headfonics
(Click here to read the full review)

"This is a game changer, even for pure music listening!"
SOS-Logo

“I can’t think of another two-channel A-D/D-A converter that
can match
 the ADI-2 Pro’s versatility, and few can match its technical performance.”

Sound On Sound
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:51:52+01:00

Sound On Sound
(Click here to read the full review)

SOS-Logo
“I can’t think of another two-channel A-D/D-A converter that can match
 the ADI-2 Pro’s versatility, and few can match its technical performance.”

After weeks of rigorous testing the ADI-2 Pro impressed me enough
to become the reference unit here at Sonarworks. ”

Sonarworks
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:53:32+01:00

Sonarworks
(Click here to read the full review)

“After weeks of rigorous testing the ADI-2 Pro impressed me enough to become the reference unit here at Sonarworks. ”

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.”

AudioXpress
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T16:57:05+01:00

AudioXpress
(Click here to read the full review)

“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.”

“This is a DAC punching as a heavyweight but at relative welterweight prices…
…value for money is incredibly stellar here.”

13th Note HiFi
(Click here to read the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-12T17:00:39+01:00

13th Note HiFi
(Click here to read the full review)

“This is a DAC punching as a heavyweight but at relative welterweight prices… …value for money is incredibly stellar here.”
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“[The RME ADI-2 DAC] is an absolute gem, this is my favourite unit to date!”

The Next Best Thing Studio
(Click here to watch the full review)

RME ADI-2
2020-10-15T11:56:23+01:00

The Next Best Thing Studio
(Click here to watch the full review)

The-Next-Best-Thing-Studio-Logo
“[The RME ADI-2 DAC] is an absolute gem, this is my favourite unit to date!”

 

 

How do I claim my 5 Year Warranty?

It is important to note that the 5 Year Warranty is only available on RME Audio products purchased from an authorised UK dealer (linked above). Once you have purchased your unit, simply go to our Warranty Support Area and complete the form. You will then receive confirmation that you have been registered.

 

Need help deciding which RME ADI-2 Series is right for you?
Call us on 01727 821 870 for more information, or contact us.

 


RME ADI-2 Series – Key Features & Technologies

Comparison Chart

Compare Features and I/O

 

RME ADI-2 FS

RME ADI-2 DAC FS

RME ADI-2 PRO FS R

Analogue Inputs (Balanced/Unbalanced)
XLR/TRS/TS - XLR/TRS/TS
Analogue Outputs (Balanced/Unbalanced)
XLR/TRS/Phones XLR/RCA/Phones/IEM XLR/TRS/Phones
Digital Inputs
SPDIF/ADAT/AES SPDIF/ADAT/AES/USB SPDIF/ADAT/AES/USB
Digital Outputs
SPDIF/ADAT/AES SPDIF/ADAT/AES/USB SPDIF/ADAT/AES/USB
Headphone Outputs
1 2 2
SteadyClock FS
USB 2.0
-
Class Compliant
-
Remote Control
-
Maximum Sample Rate
192 kHz 768 kHz 768 kHz
On-Board DSP
-
DSD Playback
-
DSD Record
- ✓ (Digital Inputs) ✓ (Analogue & Digital Inputs)
DIGICheck Analysis Software Suite
-
Video (Interviews & Tutorials)

For video interviews and product overviews, click here.

Video (Press & User Reviews)

For press and video reviews, click here.

Class Compliant Mode (Plug 'n' Play for Mac/Windows)

Class Compliant - RME ADI-2 DAC - Pro - Synthax Audio UK

High-Resolution Desktop Recording & Playback Solution

The RME ADI-2 DAC FS and ADI-2 Pro FS R can both operate in Class Compliant mode (UAC 2.0), allowing for recording and playback with computers, phones and tablets running operating systems like iOS, Mac OSX, Linux and Windows 10 (since 1709).

Upon connection via USB, the device will be automatically recognized - no proprietary driver installation is required - providing Macs, PCs and iOS devices with professional I/O connections, such as balanced and unbalanced line outputs, Extreme Power and IEM headphone outputs (that excel with both low and high impedance headphones), extensive gain and level adjustments, SPDIF inputs, PCM playback at up to 768kHz, and DSD playback at up to 11.2 MHz (DSD256).

Note: the ADI-2 DAC FS and ADI-2 Pro FS R do not supply power to the iPad/iPhone. The latest Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter from Apple includes a Lightning socket to connect the standard Apple power supply, allowing to charge the i-device while it operates in Class Compliant mode with the ADI-2 Series.

Multi Remote Control (User-Definable)

User-Definable Remote Control (excludes ADI-2 FS)

Both the ADI-2 DAC FS and ADI-2 Pro FS R include RME’s Multi-Remote Control, a dedicated wireless remote.

Versatile by design, the MRC provides buttons for all of the ADI-2 Series' most commonly used features including Power (On/Off), Volume (+/-), Balance (L-R), Bass and Treble adjustments (+/-), Input Selection (Optical / Coaxial / USB), Mute (On/Off), Loudness (On/Off), Dark Mode (On/Off) and EQ (On/Off).

In addition, four user-definable buttons provide access to a variety of additional functionality, for tailoring the device to suit your own personal experience, or specific usage scenarios. Programmable functions include Crossfeed adjustments, switching between filter types, plus Dim and Mono (On/Off).

 

Third Party Remote Support

Finally, the ADI-2 DAC FS and ADI-2 Pro FS R support a number of third party remote controls, such as the popular Harmony devices from Logitech.

On-Board DSP

RME-ADI-2-Pro-FS-R-DisplayBuilt-in sound-shaping capabilities (excludes ADI-2 FS)

The ADI-2 DAC FS and ADI-2 Pro FS R both feature a selection of additional processing and sonic shaping options, courtesy of the on-board DSP.

For those inquiring minds, the DSP is responsible for the following functionality;

  • Bass/Treble and Loudness
  • 5-band parametric EQ
  • Standard phase functions
  • Crossfeed
  • 30-Band bi-quad bandpass filter spectral analyzer
  • Peak Level meters for all channels
  • Display rendering
  • Volume control
  • Several controller-like functions including volume ramp-up, mute, signal routing control etc.
  • DSD to PCM conversion (for level meters)
Automatic Headphone Detection & 'AutoDark Mode'

RME ADI-2 DAC - Overload ProtectionAutomatic Headphone Detection

The headphone sockets of the RME ADI-2 DAC FS and Pro FS R feature sensor contacts, for detecting when a headphone jack is inserted or removed.

Once a headphone jack is inserted, the on-board DSP slowly ramps up the volume (from an initially low starting level) to the last volume level used.

This gives the listener a chance to react if the volume has previously been set too loud, and helps to protect against potential damage to headphones (and ears!), by giving the listener time to quickly reduce the volume knob, or simply unplug the phones themselves, with no chance of any equipment damage.

 

AutoDark Mode

'AutoDark' is the name given to another notable feature found on both the ADI-2 DAC FS and Pro FS R. Added at the request of users on the RME Forum, and made available to all existing users via a free firmware update, AutoDark automatically turns off all lights (and the display) after 10 seconds of user inactivity.

Invaluable for when you want to fully immerse yourself in the music, RME's AutoDark feature is there to help you create a perfect and luxurious listening experience with zero distractions.

 

SteadyClock FS

RME SteadyClock FS-Sample-1About Jitter

The clock frequency is an essential factor in the world of digital audio, being responsible for the correlation between a digital signal's audio bits and the time reference.

In a perfect world, audio signals would be passed entirely accurately. In practice however, a device's clock frequency develops small fluctuations over time. These fluctuations are commonly referred to as "jitter" - and measured in nanoseconds (ns) - and are the natural-born enemy of any digital audio transfer.

The effects of jitter on the audio signal are many - from a somewhat "rough" sound quality, to diminished treble localisation, and in extreme cases, "clicks" and dropouts. To solve these issues, RME developed a completely new technology for synchronization and jitter suppression in digital audio signals - SteadyClock.

 

SteadyClock FS - Excellence redefined

There was little to improve with RME's original SteadyClock, which has earned its accolades over the years for its flawless implementation across numerous RME devices.

The highly efficient jitter suppression refreshes and cleans up any incoming clock signal, and provides a high-quality outgoing reference clock for other professional audio devices within a digital system.

At the same time, analogue conversion is performed at an equally high level, completely independent of the quality and type of reference clock used.

With SteadyClock FS, the focus was put on reducing the self jitter of SteadyClock to new lows, by improving its second analogue PLL circuit, and referencing both Direct Digital Synthesis and PLL to a low phase noise quartz crystal. The low phase noise oscillator (which drives the updated circuit) of SteadyClock FS reaches jitter specs lower than a picosecond (ps), to a measurement called femtosecond (fs) - hence "SteadyClock FS".

The result? Self jitter measurements (via the ADI-2 Series' DA conversion) that can usually only be achieved in master quartz clock mode. In addition, SteadyClock continues to run in PLL mode - regardless of whether the internal or an external clock is used, the sound quality remains precisely the same at all times.

DSD Record / Playback

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DSD Recording & Playback Solutions

DSD stands for Direct Stream Digital, a high-resolution format that reproduces audio signals in an alternative method to that of PCM.

For example, standard CD quality audio produces a 16-Bit, 44.1 kHz file. This 16-Bit information is then sampled 44,100 times per second (or at 44.1 kHz), with the resulting signal converted to analogue via a DAC.

With DSD audio, an alternative method is used to create high-resolution audio, using only a single Bit. At the same time, and as opposed to a CD sample rate’s 44,100 times per second, the signal is instead sampled at over 11.2 million times a second (for Quad-Rate DSD, aka DSD256). The result is a high-resolution audio file which is generated in a completely different way, and remains a favourite among some audiophiles as a listening method.

Both the RME ADI-2 DAC FS and ADI-2 Pro FS R support DSD in various ways (and with sample rates up to 768 kHz), for high-resolution recordings or PCM, DXD and DSD record/playback.

For more information, see page 33 of the ADI-2 DAC FS manual here, or page 44 of the ADI-2 Pro FS R manual here.

DIGICheck - Analysis & Measurement Tools

A Free Suite Of Audio Analysis & Measurement Software

RME's DIGICheck software is a sometimes overlooked feature, and a bit of a hidden gem.

Free to all RME users (you can download it from RME's website here), DIGICheck is a suite of highly accurate audio analysis and measurement tools for both Mac and Windows, and will be of benefit to anyone working in recording, mixing, mastering or broadcast.

The set of tools includes comprehensive multi-channel level metering (peak and RMS), plus a spectrum/frequency analyser made up of 30 bands that features freely adjustable rise and release times, customisable display modes, different filter types, and precise level information all the way down to -140 dBFS.

There’s also a correlation meter and vectorscope for checking the phase relationship of stereo signals (and for checking mono compatibility); a loudness metering tool for checking against the IT 1770 / EBU R128 standards commonly found in broadcast; and a Surround Audio Scope for surround sound level metering with extended correlation analysis, ITU weighting and ITU summing.

For more information about RME's DIGICheck, see the RME ADI-2 Pro FS R manual entry here.

Download DIGICheck for Mac and Windows here.

5 Year Warranty (UK Only)

Get a 5 year warranty on all RME Audio devices

Since its inception in 1996, RME Audio has been supplying high-quality audio products to professional recording environments, including studios, live audio, broadcast and research facilities.

The company’s technically accomplished, no-fuss approach has found favour with professional engineers the world over, with RME devices in use day in, day out for years at a time without issue. In fact, one of the terms that we hear repeatedly to describe RME devices is “rock-solid reliability”.

For that reason, here at Synthax Audio UK we’re happy to offer a 5 year warranty on all RME devices, such is our confidence in their quality.

 

How do I claim my 5 Year Warranty?

It is important to note that the 5 Year Warranty is only available on RME Audio products purchased from an authorised UK dealer (linked below). Once you have purchased your unit, simply go to our Warranty Support Area and complete the form. You will then receive confirmation that you have been registered.

 

Order your RME ADI-2 Series from one of our authorised UK dealers:

 

Absolute Music - Logo Gear4Music - Logo Juno Records - Logo Nord Acoustics - Logo
PuritéAudio - Logo Scan Computing - Logo SXPro - Logo Touchstone 2c - Logo

 


RME-Logo - Synthax Audio UKIf you’d like to know more about any of RME’s audio interfaces, soundcards, AD/DA Converters or microphone preamps, give us a call on 01727 821 870 to speak to one of our team or to arrange a demo.
You can also contact us here.