Topic: Should you turn off the RME ADI-2 DAC?

I wish this product had a feature such that it would go into stand by mode after a certain amount of inactivity.  So is there any harm in just leaving it powered on?  Would leaving it on have any effect on the longevity of the product?

I am using auto dark mode.  When the unit is on the ring around the power button is not illuminated.  So I often don't think to put the unit into standby mode after I am done listening.

Re: Should you turn off the RME ADI-2 DAC?

Electronics do not get any better from being heated so I am turning mine off. Also. every kilowatt saved is a benefit for the environment.

RME ADI-2 DAC fs, Quad 606-2 power amp, Quad 2805 speakers, B&W PV1d sub with Antimode 8033 Cinema

Re: Should you turn off the RME ADI-2 DAC?

Auto-standby drives me nuts, so my request is that this 'feature' is not added.

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willem wrote:

Electronics do not get any better from being heated so I am turning mine off. Also. every kilowatt saved is a benefit for the environment.

Agreed.  I just hate it when I forget to power it down.

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The ADI-2 DAC is plugged to the same strip than my active monitors, I shut the strip at night.

ADI-2 DAC - Neumann KH 310 A monitors

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orangejello wrote:

I am using auto dark mode.  When the unit is on the ring around the power button is not illuminated.

In this state power consumption is 5.9 Watts. Illuminated it is 6.3 Watts (no music playback).

Regards
Matthias Carstens
RME

Re: Should you turn off the RME ADI-2 DAC?

I guess that my question actually is: even though it is only drawing 5.9 watts does it effect the service life of capacitors, etc?

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Re: Should you turn off the RME ADI-2 DAC?

No, because the unit is not getting hot.

Regards
Matthias Carstens
RME

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I avoid turning mine off because it always makes my monitors (which I leave on 24/7) pop.

10 (edited by Curt962 2019-08-11 17:41:53)

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Hello All

I'm not really on board with the concept of leaving my gear on 24/7.   Barring a Studio Environment (Radio/TV) where Gear remains active around the Clock...Modern Electronics derive no benefit from remaing active during periods of non-use.

I think some might benefit from any of the "Power Filter/Switching" Units that are available.   As an example, My old Belkin PF-60 is a convenient unit that not only serves as a "Mains Minder", and Noise Filter, but also a means of Sequenced Power Up/Down functions.   

One Button.   No noises.  No fuss. 

Money Spent on Wasted Energy is Wasted Money, leaving YOU with less available for use elsewhere.

Curt

11 (edited by Pitrs 2019-08-12 09:01:45)

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willem wrote:

every kilowatt saved is a benefit for the environment.

Do you have a car? Have you ever driven it just so for some trip? Most probably you spent much more energy (=environment) on this one trip than RME would consume during the whole year being idle (approx 60 kWh).

It is good to be environment-wise but as with everything within some reasonable manner. There are dozens of unnecessary things or acting which we regularly do having WAY bigger impact on the energy consumption / environment that leaving on a unit with idle power consumption of <7 W.

12 (edited by Jas0_0 2019-08-12 12:54:46)

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Pitrs wrote:
willem wrote:

every kilowatt saved is a benefit for the environment.

Do you have a car? Have you ever driven it just so for some trip? Most probably you spent much more energy (=environment) on this one trip than RME would consume during the whole year being idle (approx 60 kWh).

It is good to be environment-wise but as with everything within some reasonable manner. There are dozens of unnecessary things or acting which we regularly do having WAY bigger impact on the energy consumption / environment that leaving on a unit with idle power consumption of <7 W.

No idea what RME’s unit sales are like, but if everyone left their units on all the time, it would be a much larger waste of the environment. 

That’s the problem with this climate change issue.  Everyone thinks ‘oh one disposable coffee cup isn’t going to hurt’ or ‘oh this one apple from Venezuela isn’t going to melt an ice cap’.  But if everyone in the world thinks like that, it adds up to a great big load of carbon needlessly being pumped into the atmosphere.

I don’t own a car and I turn my ADI Pro off when not in use.  But then I use a valve/SS hybrid power amp, so I’m no angel either...

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Jas0_0:
...and now imagine what would make the ice cap look like if everyone owned power amp you have... :-).

In the principle, I do agree with you. My text was thou related to the 7W RME unit and the fact that all of us make much worse "crimes" against the environment than leaving such a unit on.

14 (edited by willem 2019-08-12 13:40:47)

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Sure, but that is why I look for all possibilities, large and small. We have solar panels, and last year the gap between what we produce and what we consume was still 1200 Kilowatt. My aim is to reduce that to zero. In that process, it became very clear that units that are on 24 hours a day are in interesting target. Turning off the DAC when not in use would save something like 50 Kilowatts a year. Most households have quite few of such alsmost invisible energy wasters.
Of course this is small stuff, but if you are not careful it can also be quite a lot. Our cable company just replaced the old set top box that was a big energy waster. The difference is about 1 kilowatt a day (plus no more noise from the fan of the old one).

RME ADI-2 DAC fs, Quad 606-2 power amp, Quad 2805 speakers, B&W PV1d sub with Antimode 8033 Cinema

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All these posts must look quite strange for a quick reader. The DAC is usually turned off into standby mode, via knob or remote, and then consumes near nothing - 0.12 Watts. No need to do anything about this, IMHO.

Regards
Matthias Carstens
RME

Re: Should you turn off the RME ADI-2 DAC?

That is what I meant by turning it off: put it in standby mode.

RME ADI-2 DAC fs, Quad 606-2 power amp, Quad 2805 speakers, B&W PV1d sub with Antimode 8033 Cinema

Re: Should you turn off the RME ADI-2 DAC?

I found that turned on, the DAC has the best sound.