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
Manufactured by: RME
Distributed by: Synthax UK
Tel: +44(0)1727 821 870