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RME ADI-2 DAC Thread

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  1. MikeW
    Considering the measured performance of their proprietary solution and subjective performance, I’d be quite surprised if the xmos is anything but a down grade. Not sure it’s a worthwhile compromise for a few edge cases.
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  2. Andrewteee
    I have a new RME ADI-2 DAC and I'm just starting to figure it out. One thing though - the sample rate is not automatically setting based on the source. I have to manually change it in MIDI on the Mac. Based on what I'm reading in the manual it should adapt automatically to the source sample rate. Any advice?

    I'm using it with an iMac through Roon, Tidal and Qobuz with a Ruper Neve RNHP headphone amp. TIA!
  3. Darthpool
    I've noticed in Qobuz it doesn't always change for some songs? Not sure why but it does seem random... It might be Qobuz not sending the right signal maybe? I canceled by Tidal sub, after getting Qobuz Studio so I can't compare there. But I have moved across a range of different tracks with the same, to higher/lower sample rates and some would change to what was listed and others would not... it was consistent with all the tracks it wouldn't Sample correctly though if that helps, also was consistent with tracks that were accurate. Odd bug...
  4. Megalith
    Something else I've noticed is that under ASIO/MADIface, the Netflix Windows 10 app won't play (there's an error message) unless you have the sampling rate set to 44,110 Hz. I thought Netflix audio streams were 48,000 Hz, though...
  5. lithrai
    It's swithing automatically if you completely remove RME driver. But you need newest firmware I think.

    EDIT: I just realized you are on Mac, so don't know if it works on Mac too.
    Last edited: May 23, 2019
  6. WildStyle-R11
    If I set it myself higher than 192Khz on windows a lot of apps have issues with that and they don't work. If you set it even higher than that, forgot at what point, but it disappears from sound devices, so most of those bitrates seem good for only apps who can use them and not much else.
  7. talmadge
    I use an iMac with Roon qobuz and tidal also. Mine switches automatically. Not sure how I have midi setup will have to look.
  8. Andrewteee
    I updated the firmware but the DAC was already up to date. I've posted this question on the RME forum.
  9. Deftone
    The RME dac is amazing value for money and it drives any headphones i have used on it well unlike some of the comments say it doesnt here, trying other stuff in the store i realised the amazing synergy of HD800S and HDV820 i had to take it home. This it for me, i did want to go for a HugoTT2 but no need now im really happy with it. Anyone with the ADI2DAC should be happy they made a great choice, sound quality and amount of features its very good value for money.

    Happy listening
    Last edited: May 23, 2019
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  10. Litlgi74
    Would anyone care to help me get my RME and new Cayin iha-6 headphone amp setup properly?

    I'm really not sure how to... and to be honest... I'm quite confused about what the reference levels should be going to the amp

    I'm not sure if it's the proper way... But I would like to set the amp volume to something permanent while using the volume knob and remote of the rme to control the volume level of the music.

    These are the specs of a headphone amp...
    Power Rating Single-Ended Headphone:
    1100mW+1100mW (High Current, RMS,RL=32Ω)
    2200mW+2200mW (Low Current, RMS,RL=32Ω)
    Balanced Headphone:
    5000mW+5000mW (High Current, RMS,RL=32Ω)
    7000mW+7000mW (Low Current, RMS,RL=32Ω)
    Frequency Respond 10Hz~80kHz (-0.5dB)
    THD+N ≤0.02%(1kHz, RL=32Ω)
    S/N Single-Ended Headphone : ≥105dB (A weighted)
    Balanced Headphone : ≥110dB (A weighted)
    Input Sensitivity 620mV(High Current, High Gain)
    Headphone Output 6.35mm TRS x 2
    Dual 3pins XLR (Balanced)
    4 pins XLR (Balanced)
    Max. Power

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  11. technobear
    It's an RTFM problem.

    Page 60. Section 31.13. Second paragraph.
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  12. Litlgi74
    Forgive my ignorance... But I did read the manual.

    The manual says... With Hi-Fi the setting +7 dBu (equals +4.78 dBV or 1.73 V RMS) is recommended. But the amp's Input Sensitivity is 620mV (equaling -1.93dBu or 4.15 dBV)... At least according to this calculation.

    So I'm not sure what you think or to do.

    If those calculations are correct.. (which they may not be) What would I set the volume knob on the amp in order to solely control the volume via the rme and its remote?
    Last edited: May 24, 2019
  13. Dogmatrix
    There is no rule because it depends on the sensitivity of the device being driven and the level of V RMS the amp can cope with before it starts clipping from overload . My best advice would be to set the RME to +7 dBu volume 0 then adjust your amp to roughly your preferred volume level with the headphones you intend to use . After you have done that you could safely adjust volume using the RME volume by remote . Bare in mind if you go down too far you will lose resolution and up too far gain distortion . Should be ok , just adjust the amp volume so the RME volume is within a relatively narrow range
    I believe the 620mV refers to the minimum input required for the amp to produce full output at maximum volume
    Last edited: May 24, 2019
  14. sodesuka
    This DAC's ability to laser dissect through complex passages and bad recordings/source sometimes with compression artifacts and present it in an uniquely pleasing way really is something else.
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  15. Megalith
    From the manual:
    Does this imply +13 dBu is perfectly fine to use?

    I currently have mine set at -5 dBu with my studio monitors' input sensitivity turned all the way down (-20 dB). My seating position is less than a meter away so I can get away with that, but I've been wondering if anything should be changed.
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