I’d like to start a discussion about RME’s consumer offering the ADI-2 DAC. I’ve recently purchased one and it came in the mail yesterday. I don’t have a lot of experience with it yet but, I have first impressions. Before I get into a community member review of sorts, I like to spend a week or two with a new piece of gear, this gives me time to compile my thoughts and understand what I’m hearing.
I’d like to get thoughts from other owners and of course have a thread for questions as well.
Moving forward I’m trying to change the narrative of how I talk about this product. I think that it can be judged as a stand alone DAC or an AIO. I’ve read threads elsewhere calling the unit thin, while that might be true if you are judging it as an AIO I certainly don’t think the DAC section is thin (spoiler it’s not). I find it confusing so I will be explicit when talking about it.
While I’m here I will also say I have a few other AIOs on hand that I may do a comparison against the RME, perhaps in a different thread.
As requested by @I_want_all_the_tacos here’s a couple of glam shots of the unit.
Small keyboard for scale.
Another from the front.
On my Ikea stand in my office. It’s dwarfed by the size of the NFB1 amp.