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advice audio interface use as DAC


Nov 9, 2021
Hi all,

i using steinberg ur22c to yamaha hs5 for wav file playback, i would like to upgrade for better sound quality, i using usb so rme adi 2 is out, any good audio interface recommended? i also heard a lot good review for Motu M4 and ultralite mk5.



Blumlein 88

Grand Contributor
Forum Donor
Feb 23, 2016
RME ADI 2 works with a usb input. Might try the Babyface as well.

If you only need a Dac one of the Topping units should do it. They mostly have remote control too.


Major Contributor
Nov 6, 2018
The UR22C may not have the greatest DAC there is, but honestly it should be just fine here (it's getting about as much dynamic range out of a CS4270 as you can reasonably expect, ~106 dB(A), and there is an analog monitor gain control). I would look into software EQing the hell out of these HS5s, 'cause they sure do need it. Low shelf of +3 dB / 450 Hz (or -3 dB high shelf at 450 Hz), -3 dB at ~1 kHz at Q ~= 2 or so, +3 dB at 2 kHz with Q = 1, pre-gain -3 dB to keep levels in check, plus -2 dB high trim on the speakers themselves, and go from there. You can potentially do this completely for free (e.g. Equalizer APO + PEACE on Windows if you can live with shared mode playback), things get a bit more spendy if you need it in a DAW with e.g. Sonarworks (which comes with a decent measurement mic though, equally useful in REW and can be used for attacking room modes either way).

The ADI-2 DAC will also do parametric EQ in hardware, but before splurging on such an expensive piece of kit on the DAC side I'd much rather be upgrading the speakers instead, which are quite clearly the weakest link here. A pair of Genelec 8030Cs would be roughly the same price here, and I'd much rather have those on a UR22C than the HS5s on an ADI-2 DAC FS.
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