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A film about the RME ADI-2 DAC FS

RME ADI-2 DAC film review

Don’t talk to me about the war- Not one to baulk at honest comparisons between British and German products, in this film appraisal I look at the RME ADI-2 DAC FS and compare it to the British Chord Qutest DAC, see article here

RME are a pro audio firm and make audio components for pro applications. What we often see when products cross over from other spheres into the Audio World, is great VFM. For instance we see this in a comparison between a Roon Nucleus and an intel NUC – same or similar device but wildly different prices, as much as I do love, support and use the Roon interface.

Chord Electronics produce fantastic products such as the Hugo TT2 or the DAVE but as a Qutest owner myself, you wonder when a product is going to come along to take its crown. So I ask in this simple appraisal – is this RME a Qutest Killer?

Since trying it with test systems 1-3 I have also used it with system 4 and it has a kept its similar sonic character, both in an absolute sense and relative to the Qutest I use.

Some more information below;

Manufacturer

RME Audio ; Am Pfanderling 60 , D-85778 Haimhausen ,Germany
Tel : +49 (0) 8133 918170
Fax: +49 (0) 8133 9166
Web : https://www.rme-audio.de

Distributed in the UK by Syntax Audio : https://www.synthax.co.uk/ ; Unit 13, Sovereign Park, Cleveland Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7DA, Tel: +44 (0) 1727 821 870, E-Mail: info(@)synthax.co.uk

RME ADI-2 DAC film review
RME ADI-2 DAC film review

Price

£900 RRP.

Specifications

  • Inputs : Digital – optical, coaxial RCA, USB2.0
  • Outputs rear : 2 x RCA, 2 x XLR
  • Outputs front : 1/4 inch and 3.5mm IEM headphones
  • Included power supply: external switching PSU, 100 – 240 V AC, 2 A, 24 Watts
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 215 x 52 x 150 mm (8.5″ x 2.05″ x 5.9″)
  • Weight: 1.0 kg ( 2.2 lbs)

Test Systems

1) **PMC twenty5 23 speakers, Cyrus Mono X200 signature power amps, Cyrus DAC XP Signature pre amp with PSX-R power supply, Innuos Zenith Mk2 Roon source / sever into the RME ADI-2 over USB (Chord C-USB)

2) HIFIMAN Jade 2 Electrostatic Headphone System, Innuos Zenith Mk2

3) MAS Audio Science X5i IEMs, Innuos Zenith Mk2 Source

3) ATC SCM40A 3 way Active speakers into DAC XP Signature pre, using Innuos Zenith Mk2 source.

Cables Used : AudioQuest XLR Interconnects, Chord C-USB and Atlas.

RME ADI-2 DAC film review
RME ADI-2 DAC film review

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  1. Hi Simon

    Thanks for a very good review. I’ve just discovered your site – I am already a fan! With the RME ADI-2 DAC FS I wonder how I am able to connect Tidal? Right now I use my iphone to my Hugo that feeds La Figaro 339 tube amp. That works well. But I would like to test the same setup on the RME.

    • Hi Danni, thanks very much for a really nice comment. I checked the manual, which as I explained in my review is quite complicated but if you go to page 50 of the attached it explains it. Glad I looked as I didn’t know this – you can use an ios camera Adapter then use the tidal app. Check the settings are ok because you want the max native sample rate the phone is handling. https://www.rme-audio.de/downloads/adi2dacr_e.pdf The camera adapter is what I used in my AudioQuest dragonfly cobalt video – pic on there. About £30 in U.K. but you can go for the cheaper Apple inline one which is about half that but it doesn’t have charge port which is ideal as the manual says the RME doesn’t charge the phone. Hope helps cheers Simon

  2. That’s a heavy manual(!) :-), thanks Simon for helping me here. Should work as with the chord then, great. Can’t wait to test it up against the Hugo 1 with the HD800. And really a nice feature to be able to adjust the sound a bit – something that is not usual, I sense, in the Hifi world where one ‘colors’ the sound by combining the right amp, dac, headphones etc., and ‘no added sugar’ please. But why not.

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Written by Simon Price

I'm an audio lover who likes sharing experiences of faithfully reproduced audio in a CREDIBLE, BALANCED and ENGAGING way. I’m interested in products; their looks, functionality and features, and most importantly how they sound! My reviews keep technicalities easy, as I believe great audio is non exclusive and to be enjoyed by all! It's all about the music!

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