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RME ADI-2 DAC Thread

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  1. Darthpool
    Look at the back of the unit and use either the XLR or SE outputs to your JBLs....why would you use the phone out? That is for headphones...I can’t tell if you are joking or not? Hopefully that helps if not joking
  2. Phoniac
    He explained that in his post.

    That output is both a perfect line and headphone output. I wonder what 'sound degradation is too much' means. Unbalanced will cause 6 dB lower volume, which is no sound degradation at all (raise the volume - fixed). But I have no experience with the specific speakers used, they might have a strange balanced input that causes problems when used unbalanced...
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  3. Darthpool

    Oops, long day at work and my brain is fried...looks like I posted my solution to it already previously anyhow, I use a passive nobsound pre amp with volume control and switching capabilities just press a button and no more sound out of the speakers.
  4. mrip541
    The features and low noise floor on this thing are really impressive, but the 1/4" headphone out kind of leaves me wanting a little... something. But if I plug it into a tube amp I'll fail my goal of only having one small box on my desk. I'd be totally content if the next firmware update introduced a "warm" or "tube sound" option. Hint hint.
  5. bflat
    If "warm and tube sound" is what you want for an all in one box, you got the wrong DAC. Look at Woo Audio DAC/amps. Schiit Lyri 3 with the multi bit module is also a possibility.
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  6. mrip541
    Fair enough. I got it mainly for the crazy combo of features but a man can dream.
  7. WildStyle-R11
    Isn't that the "NOS" filter option?
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  8. lhydavid
    Hi, may I know how the headphone jack leaves you "wanting a little ... something" ?
    Lol... just out of my own curiosity.
    I hope you're not using it to drive something like a HE6se or similar!
  9. Soundizer
    Anyone tried Focal Clear with the RME ADI-2?

    how does it compare with the Sony TA-ZH1ES?
  10. mrip541
    I'm driving HD650s and UE 18 Pros. I've just gotten so used to a bit of tube distortion that a flat solid state sound seems to be missing a bit of emotion. I wasn't aware of the NOS filter when I made that post, but now that I've tested it out I don't think it replaces the tube goodness that I'm after.
  11. Luckbad
    The NOS filter won't get you the sound of tubes. The ADI-2 DAC is incapable of producing distortion like a tube amp does.

    If you really want to experiment without buying a tube amp, there are some VST plugins out there that do an okay job of it, but they're not great.

    If you like the sound of tubes, you need a tube amp. The RME is a blank canvas from which to achieve your preferred sound.
  12. VRacer-111
    Part of the reason the RME ADI-2 DAC is used for my e-stat rig and not my dynamic/planar rig... simply too neutral & flat as is for my taste. Need warmth and full body sound for my Fostexes and Sennheisers....they simply sound too thin on the ADI-2. Run the ADI-2 as preamp for my estat rig, just need it for its DAC and feature set... have nice, warmish stereo amp with e-stat transformer driving my e-stat's. Using the ADI-2 as DAC/preamp out to a warmish SS/tube amp is a nice combo to run...
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  13. technobear
    Don't be afraid to use the Parametric EQ. You can dial in all the warmth you desire. True you can't dial in second harmonic distortion if that is what you really need.
  14. Tsukuyomi
    @technobear is right, i sometimes play with the Para EQ, make headphones that i feel are missing some push in certain ranges and boost it. eg: my H6(gen2) for certain tracks i find miss a bit of warmth so i add a tiny tiny bit.
  15. CaptainFantastic
    What frequencies do you play with to dial up the warmth a bit?
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