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RME ADI-2 DAC Thread

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  1. amirm
    Thanks. As I noted in my review, I had already contacted RME and asked them to pass on the message to their R&D folks back home.
     
  2. Phoniac
    You mean like Microsoft?

    For some reason you continue to mix up the facts over and over again. Their UAC2 support does not expose one sample rate, but all. That is why

    The question that you try not to throw up is: why doesn't it work without drivers under Windows? Because your former collegues still have problems to add industry-standard level of support for UAC2 into Windows? I'lll gladly answer that for you: YES.
     
  3. pororom
    Hello friends!

    It has gone through many dacs connected to a CD transport (in my case, a Cyrus CDT). When the Cyrus showed signs of starting to fail I decided to park and venture to the direct connection to my Mac Mini through the USB port.
    It's been a long time since I stopped testing with dacs and I acquired and I have my reference DAC, a Bel Canto DAC 1.5 (for me, its natural sound capacity is another world)

    My team is the following:

    Mac Mini end of 2012 (16Gb RAM)
    Playback software (upsampling enabled) Mounts 4 luxe (24/88) and Audirvana + (24/96)
    Transparent USB Cable Audio Performance
    Dac Bel Canto 1.5
    JPS Labs interconnect cables
    Amplifier Rega Elicit-R
    Floor Standing monitors Audiovector SR3 super
    Listen to Classical Music and Jazz

    I will expose my doubts ...

    I want to take advantage of the possibility of uploading the sample up to 192 Kbps of my players (Amarra and Audirvana) since I understand that there is a gain in hearing and I think I have two options:

    1) Acquire a USB / SPDIF interface to take advantage of the entry SPDIF Bel Canto that accepts 192 Kbps (it would be the cheapest option, here I need a good interface, maybe Wyred 4 ulink sound + audioquest audio cable) but that represents around of 400 -500 USD spending, between the interface and cable and more things on the desktop ...

    2) Buy a new DAC! I am among the 2 options that are within my reach:

    Chord 2Qute in 1000 USD but old ... and the new RME ADI-2 DAC in 1000 USD too.

    After all this roll that I just told, my big question comes:

    Do you think I would get a real improvement with the change of Dac? Which of the 2 seems more views indicated my preferences?

    I lean towards the RME because the AK chip that I've always liked a lot when I've listened to it implemented in mini dacs for Iems, versatility (I can connect my audio JH Iems Rosie and Michelle) but I do not know if it's comparable in terms of naturalness and musicality to the signature of Bel Canto.

    I know you may tell me, buy a new Bel Canto, but I'm going to budget ... I want to spend 1000 USD maximum to improve and renew, no more or stay as I am if the improvement will not be noticed!
     
  4. AudioQuality777
    You yourself are to blame that many did not understand what you wanted to say..:zzz:
    I suggest that you make changes to your review adding Roon with ASIO and next Roon with WASAPI and also for and Linux there too as with ASIO.
    p.s. And then give the choice to the people that he wants to use ASIO or WASAPI.Ne need to determine for him.

    And so your review is certainly excellent if it were not for this one-sided description of the driver. Thank you for reviewing your review with excellent measurements!:L3000::L3000::L3000:

    ASIO win10 Roon

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    WASAPI win10 Roon
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    Manually set the desired frequency.
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    P.S.
    Answer support PME.
    Please let us start with correct statements. The driver does support Wasapi in Windows 10. But the driver lacks the capability to let applications change the sample rate, so you have to manually do this in the driver's Settings dialog. This is caused by the driver being capable of multi-channel, multi-client WDM/ASIO operation as well as multi-interface usage. The driver was not designed and built to support just two channels of playback.

    And this will not change. Please use ASIO for automatic sample rate changes.

    ASIO also has the advantage to support sample rates above 384 kHz, not screwing up Windows' Audio Enhancements above 192 kHz sample rate, and not needing workarounds to support higher DSD rates by packing more data into half the sample rate (768 kHz = DSD256):gs1000smile:
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2018
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  5. strojo

    Yes...the outer box was completely wrapped/sealed in plastic that I had to remove to get into the box. The cable bag was sealed as well.
     
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  6. jerick70
    FWIW I spoke to RME and they said that they will honor the warranty if the unit has been used or not. The warranty is transferable.
     
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  7. cardeli22
    "The warranty is transferable" is the best sound anyone in this hobby can hear. Now I really want one.
     
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  8. jerick70
    I purchased a ADI-2 Pro for a lot less than retail and wanted to make sure it wasn't black market so I contacted RME-USA. Found out it was purchased by a rep for demos and had been used. RME said that they would honor the warranty that was left on the unit.
     
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  9. NickedWicked
    I doubt you’ll even need it, RME makes their stuff to last forever, I’ve had some previous RME racks and they lasted years without a single problem whatsoever. Quality control on the units is also outstanding!
     
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  10. pororom
    I'm about to shoot, but I have a fundamental doubt.
    My idea is to connect it as my DAC Bel Canto, that is:
    Bel Canto unbalanced RCA output is connected to the Rega Elicit-R stereo amplifier integrated by one of its analog RCA inputs and I control the volume from my amplifier.
    The Bel Canto I have to have it in fixed output mode and with its volume at 100 (the maximum)
    How should I configure the RME?
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2018
  11. hotteen
    Quick question about ASIO driver: Could someone be so kind to tell me where to get RME's one? I know Asio4All might work, but I also read that RME have their own ASIO driver. Can't find that in their download page, so I wonder if someone can tell me where to get it.

    Thanks!
     
  12. jerick70
    Hi hotteen,

    What country are you in?
     
  13. jerick70
    FYI to save you time here is the download link from RME's USA site....

    https://www.rme-usa.com/adi-2-dac.h...drivers/USB/Win/driver_madiface_win_09653.zip
     
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  14. johnreekie
    "Please download the latest driver from the RME web-site at http://rme.to/usbe, driver_madiface_win_09609.zip or newer."

    (Page 38 of the user manual.)
     
  15. pororom
    Can you help me with my question please?

    I'm about to shoot, but I have a fundamental doubt.

    My idea is to connect it as my DAC Bel Canto, that is:

    Bel Canto unbalanced RCA output is connected to the Rega Elicit-R stereo amplifier integrated by one of its analog RCA inputs and I control the volume from my amplifier.

    The Bel Canto I have to have it in fixed output mode and with its volume at 100 (the maximum)

    I do not want to use the volume of the dac, the route would be mac mini + RME by USB + integrated amplifier Rega Elicit-R connected to the RME by unbalanced RCA and use the volume control of the Rega amplifier (this is what I do now with my Bel Canto with fixed output)

    The instructions of Bel Canto:

    "Pressing the Fixed / Variable Output switch on the rear panel to the input position sets the DAC1.5 to a fixed output operating mode.

    This mode is used when driving an analog preamplifier or an integrated amplifier input. The volume control function is provided by the associated preamplifier or integrated amplifier.

    To use the fixed Ouput mode, set the output level to 100.0 for a maximum level of 2 Vrms of the RCA outputs or to the 4 Vrms level for the balanced XLR outputs If you want the outputs to be set to a lower level, adjust the volume control to a lower level, for example, at approximately 2 Vrms from the balanced outputs, set the volume control to 94.0.This represents an output level of approximately 2 Vrms on the balanced outputs When the level is set, press the Fixed / Variable Output button on the rear panel The front panel display now Selected entry. Turning the knob will move to the different inputs and Volume and Mute functions on the remote control will not work."

    How should I configure the RME?
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2018
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