RME ADI-2 DAC

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by Luckbad, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. wormcycle

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    What the call Ph 1/2 and 3/4 on Pro are two separate circuits, but they are identical. I recently bought the silver version with xxx90 DAC chip, used, for roughly $1250 US. I do not need remote, and did not hear any difference between xxx90 and xxx93 chip.
     
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    I'd urge anyone using Apple machine for their music to give the Apogee Element 24 a try (uses thunderbolt) - I think it bests the RME for quite a bit less money comparing them, both in HP out with dynamic drivers and as a DAC, and offers similarish feature set although not as extensive ofcourse.

    It's neutral and non digital sounding but also has inner warmth that takes the edge off whilst retaining liveliness - it doesn't sound sterile. HP-out drives dynamic hps very well with current drive amp and it has software controlled DSP eq on it's optical input; I use it as usb>optical>Apogee so I can eq the HD800s, which for an SS it drives nicely keeping that inner warmth but with good dynamics and getting some tight sub bass out of the Senns.
     
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    I recently got the RME ADI 2 PRO

    Currently I am using the single ended mode and I am wondering if I will get any advantage of using the balanced mode. Activating the balanced mode require me to purchase an adaptor for my headphones, is it worth it? Any conical benefits?

    My Roon core is installed on my Mac mini which is 5 meters away from the ADI Pro. I am wondering if there is any wireless solution to connect the ADI to the Mac mini or maybe you have any other recommendation other than the wireless solution.
     
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    One wireless solution is RPi / Pi2AES Roon endpoint over WiFi. Basically what I'm doing now: Mac/Roon core => WiFi => Pi2AES => DAC

    BTW, as it says in the header area, Read these "rules" AND introduce yourself before your first post
     
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    Thanks but I was talking about this:
    One wireless solution is RPi / Pi2AES Roon endpoint over WiFi. Basically what I'm doing now: Mac/Roon core => WiFi => Pi2AES => DAC

    I am totally new to the digital stuff and know nothing about what he suggested.
     
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    Ahh, whoops. This thread is what you're looking for. There is a bit of an up front expense, usually less than $300. The Pi + Pi2AES is one of the best ways to get clean audio to a DAC, especially in that price range.
     
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    Thanks for your help.
    Is there a one box solution that I can attach to the ADI? I don't want to go through the hassle of Pi2AES....etc
    Cost is no issue.
    Thanks again
     
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    Pi2Design (maker of Pi2AES) is working on something like that. There are also more expensive options available from Metrum Acoustics, Sonnet Audio, Rockna, and Allo. The Allo is the most similar (and comes fully assembled) but has fewer digital outputs.
     
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    If cost is not the issue buy this: https://www.moon-audio.com/bryston-bdp3-digital-player.html
    The price in the US is just insane
    By the way I just sold BDP-2 to replace it with Pi2AES :)
     
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    Additional $95:https://www.moon-audio.com/bryston-wireless-adapter.html
    But I do not seriously recommend buying BDP-2 or 3 for a full price, great stuff but way overbuild for what it needs to do.
     
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