RME ADI-2 Pro FS

High-end USB/AD/DA Converter and Headphone Amplifier

  • Sample frequencies up to 768 kHz (PCM)
  • DSD playback and recording
  • 2 Analog inputs and 4 analog outputs: XLR and TS
  • 2 Extreme power headphone outputs
  • AES/EBU I/O XLR
  • SPDIF I/O coaxial
  • ADAT or SPDIF I/O optical
  • USB 2.0 (Class compliant UAC 2.0 for iOS devices)
  • Integrated sample rate converter
  • Safety design and overload indicator for headphones
  • Balanced mode for headphones
  • Binaural Crossfeed for convincing speaker simulation via headphones
  • Bass, treble, loudness function
  • Adjustable filters for AD and DA converters
  • Hi-Performance DSP for error-free calculation of all audio data
  • 5-Band parametric EQ and low cut, separately adjustable for left and right channel
  • Level meter
  • Power display
  • Status display
  • Volume/Gain display
  • 30-Band analyzer in DIGICheck technology
  • Channel status infoscreen
  • Professional features: Phase, base width, mono, M/S processing
  • Complex discrete reference level switching via relay
  • All settings can be saved
  • Audiophile PCB and circuit design with carefully selected components
  • FPGA based firmware, update via USB possible
  • Reduced self-jitter with SteadyClock FS, based on Femtosecond-Quartz
  • AutoDark mode - switching off the illumination of the display, buttons and encoders (standby button remains visible)
  • Format: 9.5 / 1 U
  • System requirements: Windows 7 or later, Apple OSX 10.6 or later
  • Incl. driver CD-ROM, manual, breakout cable for AES/EBU and SPDIF coax and external, lockable power supply

Further information

Amount Of Channels 2
AD Conversion Yes
DA Conversion Yes
Max. Resolution 32 bit
Max. sampling rate 768 kHz
S/PDIF Connecor Yes
AES/EBU Connector Yes
ADAT Yes
Word clock No
Number of analog inputs 2
Number of Analog Outputs 4
Headphone connection Yes
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Exceptional device

Spirit_Agent, 22.04.2018
Ridiculously high quality unit with a very polished, non-fatiguing sound, has just about any feature you can think of and the new FS revision even further reduced any jitter. I personally did comparisons between the ADI-2 Pro, Chord Hugo 2, and the Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ and the ADI-2 Pro won in terms of both sound and features.

Pro's:

- Very clean and detailed sound without being harsh
- Almost non-existent jitter (far below audible ranges)
- Excellent DAC
- Excellent headamp
- Excellent pre-amp
- Excellent ADC
- Best USB implementation I've seen to date (even beats USB conditioners/decrapifiers)
- Ability to monitor, excellent for mixing
- Absolutely filled with useful features
- Compact
- True balanced headphone output (adapter not included)
- Drive 2 headphones at once (very handy for comparing)
- Plenty of power on tap, both balanced and unbalanced.
- Very easy to switch from headphones to monitors
- SOTA specifications, along the lines of a Benchmark DAC 3

Cons:

- Slightly pricey but still better and cheaper than direct competitors by a fair margin.
- Not the last word in detail retrieval, soundstage, organic-ness etc but very close nonetheless, a clear audible upgrade would cost at least over 4000 euro

This little box is RME's masterpiece, and I don't see anything coming close to it's sound and features anytime soon in the same price range for both Hi-Fi and professional usage.
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Probably the best conversion and HP amp I've ever heard

Shane67, 08.01.2018
This unit is stunning in appearance, build and features. I use it as an audio interface, playback DAC and mastering AD/DA converter. Weighing at 1kg I can bring it almost anywhere and plug in my AKG K812 headphones that match incredibly well. The headphone amps alone are with the price point, and all the extra features and practicality make it my most versatile and overall favourite single piece of gear. Amazing!!!
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