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RME ADI-2 DAC Thread

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  1. Phoniac
    That's not the full truth. You can change the Reference Level for the rear outputs independent from the phones output. That gives you up to 18 dB of volume difference.
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  2. JerryLeeds
    Anyone compared the adi dac-2 with the new bifrost 2
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
  3. Pondu
    Hey guys,

    I am looking for an upgrade to my Concero HP. Because I plan to use its substitute with iems, the Hugo 2 which has the advantage of being portable, appeared like the perfect choice.

    I got the chance to audition the Hugo 2 (30 to 45 minutes) connected to my phone via Bluethooth, and I have to admit it is a splendid device: it sounds more open, the bass extends further with more slam (and may be more body). I could hear details more easily.
    But I suspect the highs might be a problem for me, and I found the mids to seem a bit on the leaner side.

    Because of that, I am hesitating with the ADI-2. I have read a few comparisons, but rather short.

    Can possessors of both devices elaborate on the differences between them?
  4. emacs
  5. Soundwave76
    This is like comparing a kitchen knife to a swiss army knife with multiple blades - ADI-2 is so much more versatile unit. Soundwise both are stellar and in my opinon none of us can hear any differences between them. You should decide based on your needed use cases.
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  6. Tennessee
    Guys can you tell me if it's safe for the device being always on (display is always off in my case)? Like Schiit DACs.
    Second question why input:auto does not work with toslink - only coax and usb?
  7. Anaz
    As long as the ADI-2 is in a ventilated location where it won't overheat, I don't see why you couldn't leave it on all the time - however, unlike Schiit's R2R DACs you don't need to keep the ADI-2 "warm" so IMO it's pointless to keep the ADI-2 on all the time.
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  8. Tennessee
    It's just that I don't need to turn it on everytime when I play music, which is quite few times a day.
    I don't use heaphones, so I'm never 'around' it : )
  9. adeseaso
    Use the remote? :)
  10. Anaz
    Nice set up. ...It's a shame the ADI-2 doesn't have a trigger output/input.

    To add to that, the ADI-2 works with Logitech Harmony universal remotes so you can control all your components with one universal remote control.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2019
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  11. Tennessee
    That's what I'm doing, but I don't like it's cheapness and the fact that I need to look for it only for pressing one button.
    But from now on I'll just leave it on all time.
    Trigger input is exactly what I was yesterday hoping to find on my RME, but no luck.
    I don't like Harmony remotes, they are big chunk of plastic. : )

    Another question:
    Do you hear the difference between toslink and coax input?
    I do and don't know if it's the cable or port implementation.
    From my experience usually it's the port, cables do not make big difference if they are good quality already.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2019
  12. captblaze
    I prefer optical over coax on this DAC and only use USB for firmware upgrades and Digicheck
  13. Tennessee
    For me sound from optical is more "in your face", while coax and usb are more linear, which is the reason why I'm using RME in the first place.
  14. Arniesb
    Well USB decrapifiers make it sound more in your face too just like optical you say.
    So maybe more forward presentation is more realistic and that could be because of noise removal.
  15. mixman
    I get the best sound, from my system via optical.
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