RME ADI-2 Opinions

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I have been thinking of replacing my Apogee Rosetta 48K with a desktop
converter with S/PDIF connections. I haven't found any comments on the
RME ADI-2 converters perhaps since it was only recently released. Any
one heard one or know of a similiar product worth considering? I'm
mainly looking to convert my analog mixer stereo output to digital. Thanks.

Gary V
 
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> I have been thinking of replacing my Apogee Rosetta 48K with a desktop
> converter with S/PDIF connections. I haven't found any comments on the
> RME ADI-2 converters perhaps since it was only recently released. Any
> one heard one or know of a similiar product worth considering? I'm
> mainly looking to convert my analog mixer stereo output to digital.
Thanks.

At a MSRP of $799 it's head-to-head with the Lucid AD2496, which has long
been the best value in that price range.

Frankly I think it's retarded is that RME didn't produce something in the
vacant $250-600 range, completely devoid of any 24/96 ADC options, rather
than go head-to-head with an established product. There's a huge market
that would benefit greatly from upgrading the A/D in their older soundcards
which otherwise work fine, and they don't need discrete componentry to
greatly out-class an older 16/48 chip. I see no reason why someone couldn't
design a respectable ADC using one of the many decent chips that have been
developed recently. The only 24/96 competition under $750 is a $149 ART
DIO, a real clunker.

Hell, if my $89 DVD player can have a 24/192 Burr-Brown DAC, surely a
useable 24/96 ADC is feasible for 4x as much.
 
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In article <t93Xc.9963$%m4.1696216@read2.cgocable.net> nobody@home.com writes:

> Frankly I think it's retarded is that RME didn't produce something in the
> vacant $250-600 range, completely devoid of any 24/96 ADC options, rather
> than go head-to-head with an established product.

Unfortunately, these days a product priced for the home recording
market that doesn't 'do' 96 kHz will never move off the shelf. It's
the way we've been conditioned. I have a Symetrix AD620 that feeds my
DAT and CD recorder, but I still don't have a classy outboard D/A
converter. (I have a mediocre one that I use just for consistency).
I'd consider an A/D/A converter in that price range but it would have
to do 96 kHz well, 24-bit, and have good sounding dither on the A/D
side so that I could feed 16-bit devices with it.

I'm pretty happy with the Lynx L22 in my computer. It sounds better
than my DAT and CD recorder even at 44.1 kHz, but frankly, I don't
often record to my computer. Too much stuff going on. I'd rather just
push a button on a panel or a remote.


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Mike Rivers wrote:
> In article <t93Xc.9963$%m4.1696216@read2.cgocable.net> nobody@home.com writes:
>
>
>>Frankly I think it's retarded is that RME didn't produce something in the
>>vacant $250-600 range, completely devoid of any 24/96 ADC options, rather
>>than go head-to-head with an established product.
>
>
> Unfortunately, these days a product priced for the home recording
> market that doesn't 'do' 96 kHz will never move off the shelf. It's
> the way we've been conditioned. I have a Symetrix AD620 that feeds my
> DAT and CD recorder, but I still don't have a classy outboard D/A
> converter. (I have a mediocre one that I use just for consistency).
> I'd consider an A/D/A converter in that price range but it would have
> to do 96 kHz well, 24-bit, and have good sounding dither on the A/D
> side so that I could feed 16-bit devices with it.
>

I'm not sure I follow the 96kHz discussion because the ADI-2 is capable
of 192kHz and also is a DA converter. The RME literature suggests it
uses "latest generation" AD/DA converters. It seems versatile enough
with switchable -10dBV and +4dBu settings in addition to 1/4" TRS and
XLR connections. The User's Guide is well done which I appreciate. I
just can't find a single mention of it on the Web other than the company
that makes it and those that sell it. The retail price most often
quoted is $639.

I might add that I have a Lynx L22 and it is indeed very nice. I'm just
looking for something to move easily between computers.

Gary V
 
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In article <HNcXc.249463$OB3.18035@bgtnsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net> auc@worldnet.att.net writes:

> I'm not sure I follow the 96kHz discussion because the ADI-2 is capable
> of 192kHz and also is a DA converter. The RME literature suggests it
> uses "latest generation" AD/DA converters.

Topic creep at work. In an early (maybe the first or second) message
of this thread, someone suggested that a really good 44.1/48 kHz
converter in the $250-600 range would sell like hotcakes, and I
suggested that it wouldn't.


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