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Meridian Explorer2 USB DAC & Headphone Amplifier

“At the price, I have not heard a better portable DAC/headphone amplifier than the Meridian Explorer².” [Five Stars] HiFi Choice Magazine

£165.83 Exc. VAT |  


Meridian Explorer2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier

Hear More and Feel More

Meridian’s new Explorer² is the successor to the popular and widely acclaimed Explorer pocket USB DAC. Featuring a dramatically increased complement of DSP, Explorer² is able to incorporate the full suite of Meridian’s audio enhancement technologies to provide a more realistic, natural sound than ever before.

The Meridian Experience in your hand

Explorer² replaces a computer’s audio outputs with a USB-powered DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) featuring over 30 years of Meridian’s digital expertise in high-quality audio circuitry. Explorer² includes digital clocking derived from Meridian’s award-winning Reference Series components, for precise timing of digital signals.

Meridian has paid as much attention to the analogue circuitry as the digital. Explorer² features a pure analog volume control with a powerful headphone amplifier and a line output. This provides sophisticated volume control with an extended range of 100dB – ideal for sensitive headphones. Whatever you listen to, Explorer² makes it sound its best.

Filters are critical in digital audio. Commonly they introduce distortion and harshness because of "pre-ringing". Early digital recordings suffer from harshness too, due to primitive filters. After painstaking research, Meridian developed a special filter that avoids pre-ringing, so it can be steeper, cleaning up the effects of early filters. The result: a better, cleaner sound from recordings old and new.


Here are a few snippets from our most recent reviews:

“Music is spacious, detailed and transparent enough to invite comparisons to more expensive DACs. High-res ‘to-go’ for less than the price of a decent set of headphones!”
The Absolute Sound Magazine

“At the price, I have not heard a better portable DAC/headphone amplifier than the Meridian Explorer².” [Five Stars] HiFi Choice Magazine

“A very reasonable £199 price tag, cutting-edge performance and that enviable Meridian logo, it’s pretty hard not to recommend the Explorer 2.” [Five Stars] BBC Music Magazine

“For £199 it really is quite a bit of a bargain as it does give such a wonderful sound that hits far higher than its price tag suggests.”
The Speaker Shack

“…with the Meridian Explorer² you can listen for hours and hours. Listening fatigue is just not a thing to worry about anymore. With the Explorer² music is just fab, together with the MQA codecs it´s way beyond belief.”
Mono & Stereo Magazine

“The Meridian Explorer² comes highly recommended as a great value DAC.”
Hi-Fi Plus Magazine

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