RME ADI-2 DAC digital converter/headphone amplifier

Digital-to-analog converters,
Headphone amps and amp/DACs

Limitations are few in number. The RME is a DAC that stresses detail over rhythm, and some will choose a less forthright, more pleasingly ‘boppy’ sound. Moreover, if you want your DAC to give less than great recordings a soft-landing, look elsewhere; that resolution is always present, always a can opener into the studio... good and bad. Finally, this is not the device to tame demanding headphones with low sensitivity and impedance, as they can sometimes wind up thin and light sounding, EQ notwithstanding.  

We’ve barely scratched the surface of what the RME ADI-2 DAC can do, and what it can do is extremely impressive. If you want a DAC that tells it like it is – both regarding detail retrieval and status update and analyser display – the RME ADI-2 DAC is hard to beat for the money. 


Type: Solid State DAC with headphone amplifier

Inputs: Type B USB 2.0 (USB 3.0 compatible), S/PDIF coaxial, Toslink, 12V input for PSU

Outputs: 1×pair RCA single-ended stereo line output, 1×pair XLR balanced stereo line output, 1×3.5mm ‘super low noise’ TRS mini-jack, 1×6.35mm ‘Extreme Power’ TRS headphone jack, Recording over USB for S/PDIF signals

DSD Replay: Native to DSD256 

PCM Replay: 32bit, 768kHz

Filter options: Short-Delay Sharp, Sharp, Slow, Non‑Oversampling

DSP: Crossfeed and Image Width options, five-band parametric EQ

Dimensions (W×H×D): 215 ×52 ×150mm

Weight: 1kg

Price: £895

Manufactured by: RME

URL: rme-audio.de

Distributed by: Synthax UK

URL: synthax.co.uk

Tel: +44(0)1727 821 870

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