RME ADI-2 DAC fs - Official Thread

I’ll likely set the Laptop with windows 10 up with it and do the update there. It’s a lot less fickle than my primary machine

Thanks for a quick response!

You need to install their USB driver to update the firmware. I actually run it with the Windows 10 stock driver normally, but install the RME driver if they have a firmware update.


Only just got this today but it is quite the looker. The display is great. The controls feel nice. The detail retrieval and resolution is the best I’ve heard. I’ve mainly been using it as a DAC but did try a little bit with the 6.5mm output and it does sound a little compressed compared to my Monoprice THX-AAA amp. I have yet to try it with IEMs yet.


Make sure to give it a try in “Hi Power” mode if you’re using the built-in headphone outputs, as that tends to help with the modest sense of dynamic compression.

I still like it best when paired with an external amp, though. Excepting with IEMs.


Cool, I’ll try it out later. I plan to still use an external balanced amp with this unit.

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I love it when a stack comes together! @antdroid don’t forget to check out RME YouTube channel, they have a series on the ADI-2DAC. Also @Torq has posted some quality setting options on this thread to play with.


Your a man after my own heart with the headband covers. I thought it was just me being anal.:grin:. Gorgeous picture and setup by the way. As always.


I off and on use headband covers too. I really liked these ones: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073X5W48S/

They are like the ones @darthpool has but zippered instead of button. It’s cleaner looking to me. I also have a headband cover for Hifimans that I never use.


Yes there’s probably lots of us out there really. I just like to take care of my gear really carefully. I don’t want gunk or anything getting on the headband if I can help it. It seems like a no brainier. I might look a bit of a plonker but I don’t use them outside at all. So who cares.:grin:

Thanks for the link too. :+1:


I really like ZMF pilot pads, you can see one on my HD800 (had to remove the stock pad to get it to fit) but they can be pricey…but oooh so much more comfortable! Massdrop on occasion will have them up for cheaper…but even then they are more expensive then the ones @antdroid or I use. Which I think I’ll pick up a set of the ones you mentioned @antdroid!

Sunny Beach!!! they come in purple… and instantly disappointed that they are not available sobs at desk will continue my search!


You can probably find them if you look hard enough on amazon or aliexpresss or ebay

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Man your collection has grown fast! But there are so many different LEDs and Tube warmth that you could almost put on your own Disney light show at this point haha.

The more and more that I look at the RME ADI-2 the more and more I want it in the office. After checking it out at @Torq’s place it’s definitely something I could see us adding into our SPL Headphone stack since the SPL Director has become a permanent feature in the speaker setup.


Congrats on grabbing the ADI-2!

That is definitely quite the stack you are building. I am interested to see how it performs with your wide array of IEMs and the varying sensitivities you will have to deal with.


Yes, I really enjoy it a lot! I somehow managed to scratch the volume knob in my latest rearrangement… nothing to serious or obvious…but “I” know it’s there! :’(

Also, I love me some tube glow, and light emmitting diodes!!! It is quite nice at night when all the room lights are out.


The IEM output on this is actually fantastic. Who needs balanced cables? It’s extremely detailed compared to using the ADI-2 to Monolith THX. The THX has a darker (maybe more full) sound to it while the RME ADI-2 is very airy and intricate.

I’m using a 2.5mm balanced to 3.5mm single-ended adapter to the RME ADI-2 DAC while testing my Kanas Pro and ME1 IEMs.


Yes, I’m in concurrence with you! The IEM out is fantastic on the ADI-2DAC! Such a cool piece of kit!

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Can’t you touch it up in any way? Like you say it may not be really visible but now you know it’s there… it’ll drive you nuts. :grin:. I know it would keep pecking at my noodle until I sorted it.

With all those lovely dials your listening room must look like a cockpit at night. Enjoy.

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An unexpected benefit to my audio gear to the right of my desk is I now turn to it, and don’t browse on my computer as much which leads to more enjoyable listening sessions.


What a beautiful set-up! I really need to add a tube amp to my collection. Impressive looking headphones.



They are fun! Tubes are such a different rabbit hole to go down…but a very enjoyable one, highly recommend!

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